If you are dying to bask in the sun and explore historical sites at the same time, take a trip to Brazil and head for Natal, also known as the “City of the Sun” or "The City of the Dunes." Natal is located in the North-Eastern part of Brazil. It is the largest city of Rio Grande do Norte state and also its capital.

The city has many attractions and is popularly known for the natural beauty with its crystalline waters, lovely beaches like the Genipabu beach, Pipa beach, Ponta Negra beach, and other things like its historical buildings and monuments. Some of these historical sites are the Forte dos Reis Magos, Newton Navarro Bridge, and the Alberto Maranhão Theatre. Further, you can always enjoy your time off shore at very pleasant places.

The beginning of massive tourist activity in Natal came as a result of the construction of the 6.2 miles Coastal Highway built along the dunes and the shores in the 1980’s. This stretch is where most major hotels in Natal city are to be found. Natal city is the capital in Brazil with closest proximity to Europe and Africa. Natal’s Greater Natal International Airport links it to various domestic destinations plus it serves a few international flights.

Climate and Vegetation

The city has a tropical climate (wet and dry) with temperature range of warm to hot and relatively high humidity year-round. Winds that blow from the ocean relieves the situation by almost extinguishing extreme temperatures. February and July are the warmest and coolest months respectively. Natal experiences heavy rainfall mostly, with January and September being the dry seasons.

Major Attractions

Natal will not disappoint when it comes to attractions for your tour. The city has parks, museums, aquariums, historical centers and a lot more. Aside from these, if you visit the city in December you will experience a celebration of Christmas period unlike any you’ve experienced before. During this month when Natal celebrates Christmas you will be entertained with traditional fires, plays, concerts, and the city provides an amazing display of Christmas decorations.

Other things to see in Natal include:

Dunas State Ecological Park:

Natal houses the second biggest urban park in all of Brazil’s urban areas, the Parque das Dunas.

The Natal Aquarium:

The aquarium displays over sixty kinds of marine life.

Museums such as the Museu de Arte Sacra

Memorial Camara Cascudo, Museu de Cultura Popular, Rio Grande do Norte, and so on.

Maior cajueiro do mundo:

This is the world’s largest Cashew Tree.

Ponta Negra:

Natal’s most popular beach spot, which sits next to the Morro do Careca, a large and iconic sand dune (one of the reasons the city is known as the “City of Dunes”) Ponta Negra beach will take care of both your sun craving and your food cravings, as it is filled with “barracas,” which are food and drink huts available to all beachgoers. What’s more you don’t have to stop being a beach bunny just because it’s sunset – Ponta Negra beach is also lined with bars and nightclubs where you can continue living it up after the sun has gone to bed. Oh, and there are lots of shops along the beachfront too, in case you need some retail therapy. Of course you do.