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.