Natal, Brazil

Natal, Brazil

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The City of the Sun

Before there was a town there was an impressive star-shaped fort, begun by Portuguese colonizers on the Feast of the Epiphany, and named Forte dos Reis Magos (Fort of the Three Wise Men).

This prophetic event was followed by the founding of the town itself on December 25, 1599, hence the name Natal (Christmas).

Natal today remains a popular place for holidays, when visitors celebrate the towering sand dunes and crystal blue waters that surround it.

A dune buggy ride is just the thing for an adrenaline rush, and Dunas Ecological Park, rich in flora and fauna, is crisscrossed by trails just waiting to be explored.

THREE WISE KINGS

THREE WISE KINGS

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THREE WISE KINGS

THREE WISE KINGS

Reis Magos Fortress took 30 years to build. Construction began in early 1598. The large stones were shipped over from Portugal. The stunning white fortress stands out like a beacon against the blue sea.

DUNES PARK

DUNES PARK

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DUNES PARK

DUNES PARK

Parque das Dunas is a large and beautiful site along the city’s Atlantic coast. Walking trails wind their way through the forest and imposing white-sand dunes and the beaches are tailor-made for a day in the Brazilian sun.

Natal City Tour

Natal City Tour

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Natal City Tour

Natal City Tour

Discover the highlights in and around Natal, including old town Ribeira, the Governor’s Palace and the Portuguese Fort Reis Magos. Pass Ponta Negra Beach en route to Pirangi Beach and the world’s largest cashew tree - covering an area of almost 8,000 square meters.

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Natal, Brazil At a glance

Current Weather:
24°C / 75 °F
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Current Time:
7:26:46 am2015/04/28 07:26:46 am
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Tuesday, April 28
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UTC/GMT -03:00
Currency:
Brazilian Real
Exchange Rates:
  • 0.34
  • 0.41
  • 0.23
  • 0.44
  • 0.32
  • 21.76
  • 5.27
  • 0.45
Local Details:
GPS: 5°46'45.32"S 35°12'3.3"W
Size: 170.30 KM2 (65.75 MI2)
Population: 950,820
Density: 5,583 Pop/KM2 (2,156 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +55

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