Natal is the capital city of Rio Grande do Norte, a northeastern state in Brazil. It is known for its dozens of sandy, white beaches, stretching 9 kilometres from The Fort to the Lighthouse. A contemporary and sprawling area attracting more than one million visitors every year, Natal is a clean, safe and friendly place with relatively few high-rise buildings and little traffic interfering with the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Natal has two urban centers which include the cities of Natal and Ponta Negra, the latter being the more popular area for entertainment, food and accommodation. Popular activities include surfing, discovering the renowned sand dunes by dune buggy, snorkeling or diving offshore.
Things to see and do
* Ponta Negra beach
* Biggest Cashew tree in the world
* Dunas State Ecological Park
* Toa Toa Boat Cruise on the Pontengi River
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Real (R$) (BRL)
Language – Portuguese
Population – 790,000 approx
Land Area – 170.29 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus three hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 55
Port Location – The Port of Natal lies on the right bank of the Pontengi River.
Transport Links – The region is served by Augusto Severo International Airport (Aeroporto Internacional Augusto Severo) 20Km far from Natal's center. There are numerous direct flights from most important Brazilian capitals, including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Fortaleza, Salvador, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia. Other cities are connected through other composite flights. All regular international flights comes from Europe, especially from Lisbon (through the Portuguese Company TAP) and Madrid (through the Brazilian company BRA). Other numerous charter flights come from Europe throughout all the year.