With its strategic location along the Atlantic coast of Brazil and proximity to the equator, Natal enjoys pleasant weather all year round. Its picturesque beaches flanked by sand dunes and natural lagoons make it a tourism hotspot.
The capital city of Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte state is home to numerous historical and natural attractions. Forte dos Reis Magos – a 16th-century star-shaped fortress located along the banks of Potengi River – offers views of the water and the city. Football enthusiasts will find Arena das Dunas an interesting place to visit in Natal since it hosted several matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. A short drive outside of Natal will take you to Genipabu where shifting sand dunes, azure waters and stunning scenery await you. Take a buggy or camel ride through the towering dunes or swim in the Genipabu Lagoon for an adventurous day at this beautiful spot.
Nicknamed ‘Cidade de Sol’ or ‘City of the Sun’, Natal is renowned for its sun-kissed beaches. Head to the urban beach of Ponta Negra, where you can sunbathe on the soft sands or unwind at local bars, restaurants and small tents serving delicious food and drinks. For a less-crowded experience, make your way to Pipa Beach near the city. It is one of the most famous beaches in Brazil, especially known for its scenic landscapes, natural pools suitable for swimming and boat rides that offer a chance to see dolphins in the wild.