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Forte dos Reis Magos

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Star-shaped Forte de Reis Magos (Three Wise Men Fort) predates the founding of Natal by nearly two years. The Portuguese began building the fort on January ...  Read more

Maracajau Reef (Parrachos de Maracajau)

If the string of shallow coral reefs that grace Natal’s gorgeous, sandy coastline could be called a necklace, then Maracajaú Reef is its biggest, most ...  Read more

Pipa Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Considered to be one of Brazil's ten most beautiful beaches, Pipa Beach (Praia da Pipa) is in fact not one beach, but four beaches, that between them ...  Read more

Cacimbinhas Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Of Brazil’s many beaches, Cacimbinhas (Praia da Cacimbinhas) is known both for being a quieter beach — accessed only by walking down a long staircase — ...  Read more

Barra de Cunhaú

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Natal is known for its spectacular beaches and Barra do Cunhau is no exception. Its clear blue ocean and white sands are backed by palm trees and mangroves ...  Read more

Metropolitan Cathedral

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Natal’s Metropolitan Cathedral was recently restored and is decidedly modern, making for an interesting stop in the city and an architectural landmark worth ...  Read more

Ponta Negra

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

South of the city, Ponta Negra is one of Natal’s most accessible beaches and fills up with locals on the weekends. It’s a popular spot year-round and has ...  Read more

Baia Formosa

Baia Formosa translates to “beautiful bay,” a fitting name for this scenic city in eastern Rio Grande do Norte, bordering the nearby state of Paraíba. It ...  Read more

Dunas Park

Dunas Park or Parque das Dunas is the second largest urban park in all of Brazil, offering a retreat into nature from the hustle and bustle of city life for ...  Read more

Genipabu

Genipabu is a beach village known for its large sand dunes and freshwater lagoons.  There are a few different ways to explore the mounds of shifting ...  Read more

Jacuma Beach

This tranquil beach is surrounded by reefs that break up incoming waves, creating a peaceful environment and a cove that is ideal for swimming. The white sand ...  Read more

Morro do Careca (Bald Hill)

This large sand dune located in the center of the city of Natal has become the main symbol of the city and the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Pictures of Morro ...  Read more

Pirangi Beach

This long, white sand beach outside of Natal is divided into two parts by the Pirangi river, creating the areas Pirangi do Norte and Pirangi do Su. Its calm, ...  Read more

Pirangi Cashew Tree (Cajueiro de Pirangi)

At first glance, it seems as if you’re looking at an intricate forest— but this massive network of branches is actually just one cashew tree whose ...  Read more

Pitangui Lagoon

This large pool of fresh water grants a place to rest and refresh from the sun, wind, sand and adventure of the Natal beaches. Though nearly five meters deep ...  Read more

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