Natal attractions

Beach in Natal

Praia de Ponta Negra

Praia de Ponta Negra, at the far south end of town, is the nicest stretch of sand in Natal and one of the most appealing big-city beaches in the Northeast. Framed by tall dunes at both ends, it's 3km long and lined …
Fort in Natal

Forte dos Reis Magos

The fort that got Natal started in 1598 still stands in its original five-pointed 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 and the dunes acro…
Beach in Natal

Praia dos Artistas

Praia dos Artistas is an urban beach with good surfing waves. It used to be the hub of Natal nightlife but is now pretty sketchy after dark.
Natural Feature in Natal

Maior Cajuiero do Mundo

Taking up an entire block in the pretty coastal town of Pirangi, 15km south of Ponta Negra, the world's largest cashew tree is a source of pride for the local community: its sprawl of branches is over 500m in circum…
Area in Natal

Morro da Careca

At the south end of Praia de Ponta Negra is the Morro da Careca, a spectacularly high sand dune with a steep face dropping straight into the sea. Access to the dune has been closed off to prevent further erosion and…
Beach in Natal

Praia do Meio

Praia do Meio is a fairly ordinary urban beach with reefs and a lot of people getting drunk. When the tide is right, the water forms large pools behind the reefs that are pleasant for bathing.