15 Best Things To Do in Natal, Brazil

Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil is famous for its NASA approved cleanest air, breathtaking panorama, phenomenal beaches, exciting buggy rides, mesmerizing nightlife, organized excursions and many more attractions. The city of Natal has everything for the solitary beach lovers. Spend mesmerizing holidays amidst sandy dunes and striking beaches. Surf all through the day and enjoy an enthralling nightlife. Holidays in Natal, Brazil is all about fun, relaxation, and adventure sports. Buckle up your seat for a buggy ride on sand dunes when you are in Natal. The city is the largest one in Brazil. Natal also have some other tourist attractions including certain historical monuments and world’s second largest state park. The city is also well-known for hosting the FIFA World Cup in the year 2014.

Here's the list of places to visit and 15 best things to do in Natal:

1. Explore the Ponta Negra Natal

Popular for its serene picturesque surroundings, Ponta Negra Natal is a heavenly spot with a long stretch of sand, series of palm trees, and a beautiful beach in front. Towards the north, the beach has a pedestrian boardwalk. The beach also has a huge sand dune called the Morro da Careca that slopes into the sea. It is a beach where the river meets the sea. The place also has a zip line which ends into the river. The beachside also has myriad of restaurants, bars, resorts, and pousadas to serve the visitors. The Ponta Negra Natal is a Zen for surfers, beach lovers, and travelers.

2. Overlook the city from the fantastic Forte dos Reis Magos Natal

The Forte dos Reis Magos Natal predates the foundation of the Natal city. The fort is shaped like a star. The fort is constructed at the mouth of River Potengi on top of a sandbar towards the east of Brazil. It is believed that the fort was positioned strategically at the spot to protect Brazil from African and European influences. The durable whitewashed fort walls have turrets. On the inside, the fort has a chapel, soldier’s quarters, a well, and some cannons. Apart from a glimpse of history, the fort provides a phenomenal view of the Natal city. Watch fantastic vistas and mesmerizing cityscapes along with surrounding sand dunes from the fort.

3. Spend an adventurous evening at the Dunes de Genipabu

Genipabu is a small village popular for its freshwater lagoons as well as huge sand dunes. The dunes provide a spectacular view of the beach. You can enjoy a buggy ride, dromedary ride or a ski ride here. Alternatively, walking up and down the dunes or sand-boarding is equally exciting where the shifting sand of hot dunes lands you into cool water. The diversified activities add a different element to the dune. The rising and falling of everchanging dunes keep creating mounds and rides at the Dunes de Genipabu. Irrespective of the mode of adventure you pick up, the picturesque panorama and exquisite landscape of Genipabu provide a relaxing spot for perfect holidays.

4. Visit the Estadio das Dunas

The Estadio das Dunas is a well-appointed stadium in Natal, Brazil. The stadium has clean signposted premises and solicitous staff members. It is a beautiful stadium with comfortable seating. The outdoor lawn area is used for scheduling events. You can take a guided tour of the stadium by scheduling the tour in advance.

5. Take a view of the Newton Navarro Bridge

The bridge is a fascinating amalgamation of beautiful architecture and robust engineering. Crossing the river by a catamaran provides a beautiful view of the bridge. You can also take a buggy drive to view and cross the bridge.

6. Traverse the Via Costeira Natal

Located at the coastal route; Via Costeira Natal provides a perfect set up for a romantic leisurely evening. There are luxurious buildings all around and space is quite yet comfortable for a relaxing evening or a chilling night out.

7. Explore the Redinha Beach

Located on the southern coast; Redinha Beach is a good spot for some fishing. The beach also provides a beautiful view of the Newton Navarro Bridge. Sunbathe on the extensive stretch of the sandy beach or indulge in buggy racing to get your adrenaline rolling. The beach is a beautiful spot for some relaxation and fun.

8. Take a sneak peek into the Alberto Maranhao Theater

Explore the beautiful architecture and spacious patio of the Alberto Maranhao Theatre. On the inside, the theater has a traditional setting with not-so-much-comfortable chairs. Although the theater is beautiful, its juxtaposition in the center of the city makes it an unsafe place to visit alone.

9. Take a tour to the Maracajau Reef

The Maracajau Reef is bejeweled with shallow coral reefs that perfectly compliment the sandy coastline of Natal. The coral-filled complex reef formations are home to iridescent fish and variegated marine creatures. You can take a dive in the locale. In case, you are fortunate to visit the area during a low tide, you can indulge in some snorkeling to watch fabulous marine flora and fauna. The area has a jumping spot and some rest stops.

10. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral

The Cathedral is an interesting architectural landmark of Natal. The jagged shaped, stained glass windows, and light installation differentiate its design from a traditional Cathedral. The Metropolitan Cathedral has interlocking passages at the entrance. Inside, the Cathedral has a Virgin Mary statue. It houses some spectacular paintings worth watching. You can also collect some souvenirs from the basement shop of the Cathedral.

11. Explore the Pipa Beach

The pipa beach is among the ten most spectacular beaches of Brazil. The beach is covered with sand dunes, coconut palm plantation, and beautiful cliffs. The warm water of the beach attracts many dolphins and native turtles. Pipa beach is a popular spot with surfers. You will find traditional Brazilian music and various shopping zones in the Pipa town. The serene surroundings, picturesque appeal, and adventurous activities attract many visitors to the beach.

12. Explore the beautiful Pirangi Beach

Yet another spectacular beach of Brazil; the Pirangi beach is divided by the Pirangi river into Pirangi de Norte and Pirangi do Su. The beach has a long stretch of white sand and turquoise warm water. The beach is primarily famous for swimming, surfing, and other water sports. You can also visit nearby natural pools located 500 meters off the coast. Explore the coral reefs, swim in the pools or take a boat ride to nearby beaches. Explore the shoreline by strolling the boardwalk. Do not forget to take a side trip to the huge Pirangi Cashew Tree which one of a kind and attracts many visitors every year.

13. Refresh your senses at the Pitangui Lagoon

Take a quick refreshing break from the beaches at the freshwater Pitangui Lagoon. The lagoon is 5 meter deep towards the center and shallow towards the edges. It is a popular locale for the swimmers. Other activities that can be enjoyed at the lagoon include kayaking, fishing, and paddle boating. The lagoon is accessible by a short trail and provides a relaxing spot for an adventurous break. Swing from the ziplines or slide down the sand. Snorkel in the warm water of the lagoon to witness some beautiful fishes or just relax and unwind.

14. Taste some delicacies at the Tabua de Carne

Take a romantic dinner at the Tabua de Carne amidst a pleasant atmosphere, smooth live music, regional decorations, and delicious cuisine. Parking facilities are also available. You can taste some local regional delicacies at the buffet.

15. Find accommodation at the Ocean Palace Beach Resort

Get a cozy treatment at the impeccably clean well-kept rooms of the Ocean Palace Beach Resort. The resort is primarily popular for its cleanliness and hospitality.

Natal is a beautiful place in Brazil to spend memorable holidays amidst spectacular beaches and incredible water sports. If your idea of holidays is adventure and fun, include the spaces in the list into your itinerary of Natal holidays.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Natal, Brazil

Must see places in Natal ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Natal tourist attractions & points of interest.

  1. # 1 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 184 times in trip plans
    Pirangi Cashew Tree

    Tags: Outdoors, Forest, Nature

    Address: Avenida Deputado Márcio Marinho Parnamirim – RN 59161-250, Brazil

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Prepare to have your socks knocked off as the feeling of how magnanimous nature can really be, dawns on you! The Pirangi Cashew Tree from the outside looks like a forest from the outside, but as you v...Read more

  2. # 2 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 151 times in trip plans
    Ponta Negra

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Walking Area

    Address: Via Costeira, Natal, 59090-420

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The most popular tourist spot of Natal, the Ponta Negra beach is 2.5 kilometers long and is a thriving source for the tourism industry. A lot of the city’s tourism has been built around the Pont...Read more

  3. # 3 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 110 times in trip plans
    Forte Dos Reis Magos

    Tags: Historical Site, Architecture , Fort

    Address: Natal - RN, Brazil

    Timings: 08:00 am - 02:30 pm Details

    A structure worthy of its name, the Forte dos Reis Magos looks spectacular standing alone, looking fierce at the tip of the city, ready to guard Natal even today. An impressive five-sided fort, built ...Read more

  4. # 4 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 140 times in trip plans
    Parque Das Dunas

    Tags: Outdoors, Forest, Park, Nature

    Address: Avenida Alexandrino de Alencar - Tirol, Natal - RN, 59015-350, Brazil

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The second largest urban park in Brazil, the 9 mile long Parque das Dunas is a real treat for anyone looking for some quiet time. It’s the perfect place to sit and contemplate after a day’...Read more

  5. # 5 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 126 times in trip plans

    Tags: Beach, Boating

    Address: Extremoz, RN, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The second most popular beach of Natal, the Genipabu is particularly famous for its heavenly combination of the sun, sand, dunes and the warm water. Dubbed as one of the five most visited attractions,...Read more

  6. # 6 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 71 times in trip plans
    Lake Jacuma

    Tags: Beach, Water Body, Adventure, Lake

    Address: Jacuma, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte,Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It is a lagoon, located in the state of Rio Grande de Norte which is 33 kilometer away from Natal. Its beach has handles, lined with coconut palms. The positive point of this beach is that it is surro...Read more

  7. # 7 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 63 times in trip plans
    Barra De Cunhau

    Tags: Beach, Water Body, Lake, Nature

    Address: BR 101 South then, after reaching Canguaretama, take RN 269 | Natal: 88 Km, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located in the municipality of Canguaretama, Barra de Cunhau is a beautiful clear water lake with coconut trees lining the border, giving the perfect impression similar to the Atlantic Sea. The beache...Read more

  8. # 8 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 53 times in trip plans
    Barra De Punau

    Tags: Beach, Water Body, Walking Area, Restaurant

    Address: Litoral Norte De Natal (65km) do Centro da Cidade, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located 65 kilometers away from Natal, this beautiful tourist reserve is surrounded with coconut trees and dunes. It is this place where the rive Punau meets the sea, forming a beautiful location for ...Read more

  9. # 9 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 154 times in trip plans
    Pirangi Do Norte Beach

    Tags: Bar, Beach, Water Body, Tour

    Address: Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If crowded urban beach is not your choice, come to Pirangi do Norte beach. Located 20 kilometers away from the downtown area of Natal, this beach is part of the famous Pirangi Beach. The water over he...Read more

  10. # 10 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 151 times in trip plans
    Camurupim Beach

    Tags: Beach, Water Body, Walking Area

    Address: Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Barely 45 kilometers away from Natal, the Camurupim Beach, is a nice quiet beach to spend quality time with friends and family. It has huge reef, forming a chain of grottos and coves. It makes the coa...Read more

  11. # 11 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 149 times in trip plans
    Lagoa De Carcara

    Tags: Walking Area, Water Sport, Boating

    Address: Municipio de Nisia Floresta estando a 40 km da capital Natal, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte,Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Popularly known as Pond Carcara, this lagoon is located in the municipality of Nisia Forest. Its picturesque beauty makes the lagoon more beautiful than Arituba and the Pitangui. Highlighted feature &...Read more

  12. # 12 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 151 times in trip plans
    Barra De Tabatinga

    Tags: Beach, Play Ground, Walking Area

    Address: Praia de Tabatinga | Nizia Floresta, Natal,State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    An hour drive from Natal will take you to this beautiful calm beach named Barra de Tabatinga. The beach is surrounded by reefs keeping the large waves out of the coastline. Hence, the beach is safe fo...Read more

  13. # 13 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 112 times in trip plans
    Newton Navarro Bridge

    Tags: View Point, River, Bridge

    Address: Natal - RN, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It is one of the biggest ‘cable-stayed bridges’ of Brazil, located in Natal and named after a local artist, Newton Navarro. It connects the northern part of the city with the southern part...Read more

  14. # 14 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 98 times in trip plans
    Praia Dos Artistas

    Tags: Bar, Beach, Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    Address: Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located closely to the center of the city, this beach receives high number of footfalls during peak season. This is because the beach is great for sunbathers and the sea waves are calm enough to enjoy...Read more

  15. # 15 of 40 Things To Do in Natal | Added 83 times in trip plans
    Redinha Beach

    Tags: Beach, River, Food And Drinks

    Address: Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Popularly known as the front door of the north zone, it is an urban beach offering stunning view of the Potengi River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. It a nice place to hang out with friend and fam...Read more

Activities And Tours

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  • Save 10% Natal City and the Southcoast Tour
    Natal City and the Southcoast Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 7 Hrs

    Soak up the morning with a visit to the Ponta negra and Fortaleza dos Reis Magos. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Coastal High...

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  • Save 8% Pipa 4WD Off-Road Tour
    Pipa 4WD Off-Road TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    Exclusive Ecotourism Tour - A very special day in Pipa and surrounding areas. You will learn about the local marine wildlife ...

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  • Save 10% Pipa Beach from Natal
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    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Considered to be one of Brazil's ten most beautiful beaches, Pipa boasts stunning scenery and nature. Home to a portion of th...

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  • Save 10% Maracajau from Natal
    Maracajau from NatalNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Maracajau, known as the "Brazilian Caribbean", is a beach that offers natural beauty untouched by urbanization. Enjoy the bre...

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