Natal, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, is around a million people pleasant climate, surrounded by green rainforest dunes, many beautiful sand and beaches, and the salty Potengi River.
All the beaches are good for swimming, take a walk, sit around, have a drink, meet people or just watch the paradisiacal landscapes. A few minutes from downtown, it’s possible to get there by bus, van
or taxi. From downtown, after visiting
museums and churches, it’s easy to walk
north towards Ribeira and Rocas districts
to take a cheap roundtrip ferryboat
to Redinha Beach. A bridge was built
to access the beaches of the North
Coast. Watch the Reis Magos
(open to visit) fortress and try the
typical ginga fish tapioca sandwich
at the fisher market. The best way to
visit the urban beaches is to shore
passing by the following beaches: Forte,
Artistas, Areia Preta, Via Costeira
and Ponta Negra. That’s
the crowd one with most hotels, bars,
nightclubs, snack bars, stores, restaurants,
etc. At night the Alto de Ponta Negra
is the best place to go. Don’t forget
to take a swim at the warm water and
take a picture at the famous Careca
Ponta Negra's beach (south Littoral) is one of the most famous postcards of the city. Ponta Negra is a nature caprice. In this tends on the beach we can taste goody like fried fish, crab and oysters. The Morro do Careca is its main natural attraction.
The Carnatal is very much like a smaller version of the Salvador de Bahia carnival. It has nothing to do with Rio and São Paulo carnivals. In Natal the dominant rhythm is axé - from Bahía, although a new fussion of axé baiano and forró nordestino, known as forroaxé, is becoming increasingly popular. This year the Carnatal will take place between 29 November and 2 December. Its dates usually coincide with the first weekend in December and the Thursday and Friday previous to that. The Carnatal parades along a 3.5 km circuit that begins and ends in the Avenida Prudente de Morais. The artists perform on top of gigantic juggernauts [trucks], with larger than life loudspeakers on its sides.
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