Barra do Cunhau from Natal
Prepare to be enchanted by the region's diverse combination of sea, river and vegetation. Cunhaú, untouched by urbanization, is a small fishing village located approximately 50 miles (80km) south of Natal.
The first residents on this historic site were Carmelite fathers who built a convent here in 1590. It later came under the property of the Portuguese crown and became Largo do Paço, which surrounded the royal palace (Paço Imperial). The square was later renamed Praça XV (Quinze) de Novembro after Brazil declared itself a republic on November 15, 1822. A number of historic events took place here: the coronation of Brazil's two Emperors (Pedro I and Pedro II), the abolition of slavery and the overthrow (deposition) of Emperor Dom Pedro II in 1889.