Natal

26 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019

2 guests - 1 room

Founded on Christmas day in 1599, the city of Natal sits at the mouth of the Potengi River on Brazil’s Atlantic Coast. It’s the capital city of Rio Grande do Norte and is widely considered to be the safest capital city in Brazil. It’s also home to the cleanest air in South America, according to NASA. Natal is the perfect base if you want to discover the unspoilt beaches of Rio Grande do Norte, or explore the nearby Dune State Park on the camel-back.

It’s a favourite holiday destination with rich Brazilians. There’s no shortage of hotels in Natal if you’re planning a trip, with a few particularly interesting areas to discover.

Ponta Negra

The main hive of tourist activity in Natal is the Ponta Negra neighbourhood. Most of the hotels in Natal are concentrated around the famous beach, which sits next to the iconic Morro do Careca sand dune. The beach is a great place to spot traditional fishing boats (jangadas) and you can grab a bite to eat at the rustic barraca restaurants which sit on the shore. Natal’s nightlife is fairly low key compared to other Brazlilian cities, but if you’re looking for a bar and restaurant scene you’ll find it in Ponta Negra.

Cidade Alta & Ribeira

The historical centre of Natal has a unique mix of buildings with neoclassical, colonial, art deco and modern styles all jostling for attention. Hotels in Ribeira are in a great location for sightseeing, as the baroque style Igreja de Santo Antonio, French style Teatro Alberto Maranhao, and the eclectic Palacio Felipe Camarao are all nearby. You can find a good selection of restaurants, museums and clubs in Rua Chile, and for souvenir shopping the Centro de Turismo de Natal is well worth a look. The former orphanage is home to 40 shops selling local crafts as well as an art gallery, nightclub, and restaurant.

Praia dos Artistas

If you want the best of both worlds, look for hotels in Praia dos Artistas, which is a five minute walk away from the historic centre. Although it’s not as beautiful as the beaches along the coast, it’s still a local favourite and can get very busy during the weekend. The beach is particularly popular among surfers, due to the high waves. In the evening you can find a good selection of bars and restaurants along the beach front and it’s a good place to find regional music and dancing.

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What are travellers saying about Natal?

9.8
Outdoor Enthusiasts
9.4
Wellness
9.0
Family Travellers
8.6
Foodies
7.8
Adventure Travellers
Member reviews (53)
Leigh Virkus
Leigh VirkusPittsford
22/02/2015

If you like beaches then this is the place for you. They even have dunes close to the city with rides in dune buggies. Warm & humid weather with laid back Brazilians.

Nanda Lacerda
Nanda LacerdaBelo Horizonte
01/02/2015

A beautiful city in Rio Grande do Norte with a mix of beach and historic centre destination. Praia da Ponta Negra is the most famous beach with greats hotels, resorts and restaurats. Another plus of Natal is the proximity with amazing beaches such as "Genipabú" and "Praia da Pipa". It is one of the europeans' favorite destinations in Brazil and a city where´s summer 340 days of the year. It will also be one of the host cities of Fifa´s World Cup 2014.

Ann Isabelle (@aifnyc)
Ann Isabelle (@aifnyc)New York City
09/07/2013

Natal is a perfect little beach town and beaches of Rio Grande do Norte are amazing Go on a buggy ride over 30 foot sand dunes. According to NASA - the cleanest air on the continent is found in Natal. Don't miss the largest cashew tree in the world.

Giovanna Bergamo
Giovanna Bergamo
06/01/2017

Paradise! Such a beautiful place, nice people, nice food... Just loved it! Wanna go back

FAQs

The least expensive month is August, with an average of £26 per night. The most expensive month to stay in Natal is January, with an average price of £47 per night.
The average price of a hotel in April last year was £30 per night. This is 7% less than the average nightly price of £33 seen over the previous 12 months.
In Natal, the expected average temperature in April is 27.8°C/82.0°F. The warmest month is typically March, which averages 31.9°C/89.4°F. The coolest month is August, with temperatures averaging 21.8°C/71.2°F.
The nearest airport to Natal is Natal (NAT) (8.33 miles).

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