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Natal, the Capital of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil

Natal with its 365 days of an average temperature of 26 degrees C is a popular tourist destination. Natal in Rio Grande do Norte is one of Brazils most privileged and popular cities. Rio Grande do Norte has many kilometres of beautiful coastline some 400km in total, but also is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil like Pium and Cotovelo in the south and to the North separated by the river Potengi and Natal you have the wonderful beaches of Redinha and Genipabu with their shifting dunes, warm, clear water, lakes and coconut groves which attract both Brazilian and foreign tourists all year round. 

Despite all this beautiful coastline tourism in Rio Grande do Norte only really came about in the 1980ís with the construction in the states capital Natal of the Via Costeira, an eight kilometre avenue running along the coast where Natals city's main hotels and restaurants are situated. Since that time the government has been investing heavily in Rio Grande do Norte infrastructure, tourism and natural heritage.

One of Rio Grande do Norte other claims to fame is its inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records cashew tree which is 92 year-old tree which is to be found on the beach at Pirangi do Norte, which is some 24 kilometres from Natal, is the world's largest cashew tree it has a circumference of some staggering 500 metres! Occupying an area of about 7,300 m2. Its branches are equivalent to 70 cashew trees yet it is just one single tree.

The city Natal was originated on Forte dos Reis Magos (Reis Magos Fort). In December 25th., 1599, Portugueses arrived at Rio Grande do Norte to expulse the Frenchs that were in the possession of that part of the coastline. And on the mouth of the Potengi river, they started to rise up a fort to protect the territory. Now that fort is one attraction on the city, which is one of the most preferred by the tourists.

Itís simple to understand why: Natal has beautiful beaches, blue and warm sea, dunes and sun the whole year. Besides that, it has an excellent infrastructure for hosting visitors. On Via Costeira, an avenue that border some of its beaches, thereís a suite of resorts and good hotels, that offer a lot of comfort and leisure. Nearby, on the Ponta Negra beach, there are hundreds of small, simple and warmth inns.

Natal also known because of the buggy strolls on the dunes, the restaurants with fishings and salted meat and the craftsmanship. The nights on the city are very animated, on the bars of the beach Ponta Negra and on forrůs.

Natal is coastline is split into TWO areas (North and South) by an opening river (Delta) into the sea.  It currently takes 30 to 40 minutes to drive around the delt, the state are building a bridge which is connecting the north part of Natal with the south meaning that land in the north is increasing in price due to purchase demand.  Land is being bought by small and very large investors (development companies) to hold or develop over the coming months and years.

Ponta Negra is the most visited, good for baths. On the end of the beach, is Morro do Careca (Carecaís Hill), an enormous dune more than 100 meters high. The Via Costeira has resorts and hotels. On some legs of that beach, itís difficult entering on the sea because the presence of reefs. To the north, the urban beaches of Areia Preta, Artistas and Meio, where are bars and small hotels. Near to the mouth of the Pontegi river, the Forte beach, where is the Forte dos Reis Magos.

Itís possible to visit some places near Natal and its attractions. On Genipabu, 25 km far from Natal, there are enormous dunes and lakes, that are part of the strolls with buggy. From Pirangi do Norte, 30 km far from Natal, depart the boats that take to the natural pools formed when the tide is low. They are excellent for independent diving. On Pirangi, itís possible to visit one curious natural phenomenon: one cashew tree more than 8 thousand m≤, considered the largest on the world.

The second largest urban park on Brazil, with about 1200 ha, has a big reserve of Atlantic Forest vegetation. It has trails.

Resorts and hotels at the seacoast and inns compose a lot of accommodation options on the city. The city has restaurants that serve regional dishes, from fishings to specialties. There is a great number of receptive tourism agencies, besides car rental agencies.

Natal is on the northeastern region. Itís 2500 km far from Brasilia and 2660 km far from Rio de Janeiro. The airport Augusto Severo, 15 km far from the city center, operates with flights from the main cities on the country. On the road terminal, arrive buses from all regions of Brazil.

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