Forte dos Reis Magos
Forte dos Reis Magos information
The fort that got Natal started still stands in its original five-point star shape on the reef at the tip of the peninsula at the north end of town. The views of the city, the Ponte Nova bridge and the dunes across the Rio Potengi are fantastic. The fort contains a chapel, a well, cannons and soldiers’ quarters – plus the Marco de Touros, a marker stone placed by the Portuguese at Praia do Marco, near São Miguel do Gostoso, in 1501, and thus considered Brazil's oldest historical document. You can try a chocolate-and-pepper ice cream in the snack bar in the old jail. A taxi to the fort from Praia da Areia Preta (reached by bus 56 from Ponta Negra) costs R$12.