Pristine blue waters, clean white sands and picturesque views of the ocean is how Ponta Negra can be described. A neighborhood of Natal, as well as a beach, the Ponta Negra offers a plethora of activities for everyone to enjoy outdoors. The urban beach is full of small shacks, nightclubs, restaurants and flea shops. This place is perfect for a sunny summer afternoon. If you wish to hit the outdoors and soak up some sun, then head here. Just grab a beer and stroll down the sandy shore. Sample the local cuisine at the beachfront eateries and be awed by the beautiful sunset at dusk.
Spread over 1.172 hectares (2.9 acres), the Parque Das Dunas is one of the largest parks in the the region. The nature reserve was established in 1977 to conserve the sensitive ecosystem of the dunes in the region. The park is home to a spectacular variety of flora and fauna, and is of much interest to keen naturalists and botanists. The numerous interpretative trails on offer at the park are a good way to explore its rich natural diversity. Facilities at the park include a visitor center, a play area, a research center, a library as well as a restaurant. Opening hours vary. Check website or call ahead for more.
One of the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Arena das Dunas (Dunas Arena) is a state-of-the-art, versatile stadium that was built in 2013. Influenced by the city's dunes, the stadium has a petal-shaped roof which allows the sea-breeze to waft through the gaps and also protects the spectators from sunlight. Featuring two giant electronic screens, a great sound system, VIP zones with lounges, eateries, a fitness room and shops, this multifaceted arena was designed to host concerts, shows and workshops. Offering the best of infrastructure, Arena das Dunas is a coveted stadium of the city of Natal.
The Museu Câmara Cascudo is a unit under the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Founded in 1960, the institution was originally set up as the Institute of Anthropology. The museum is a anthropological research center that works to preserve and teach the science. There are also reconstructed sites of excavations, such as the Look D'Stair cave site, where scientists found fossils and other remains, and the Peak Cabugi geology site. Pre-historic and medieval artwork, tools, equipments and much more also find a place here at the museum. Besides the regular exhibits, the museum conducts regular workshops, educational sessions for schools and large groups.
Situated on the mouth of the river Potengi and on the easternmost point of Brazil, the Forte de Reis Magos (also known as Three Wise Men Fort) is a magnificent star shaped monument built at the end of 16th Century by the Portuguese. The construction marked the beginning of the development of Natal, which was subsequently established 23 months later. The monument is separated from the coast of Natal by a sand bar and was built to serve as a strategic standoff for advances from Europe and African countries. Today, the place serves as a magnificent tourist attraction not just famous for its military history, but for the panoramic view of the surroundings.
Origninally called the Teatro Carlos Gomes, this Art Nouveau heritage monument was built between 1898-1904 and has been entertaining theater lovers ever since. It was renamed Teatro Alberto Maranhão in 1957 and has an old worldly charm to it though now it features modern amenities such as central air conditioning, a cafe and lighting. The elegant venue is home to the best of entertainment that the city has to offer in the form of rich plays and musicals.
Tucked away in a quiet little street in Cidade Alta, Igreja de Santo Antônio is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. Also known as Igreja do Galo, the beautiful edifice was built in 1766 and features stunning Baroque elements. Besides the ornate facade, the church interiors also feature beautiful architectural details, in a fairly well-preserved state. Visitors can also check out stunning religious art from the time at the Museu de Arte Sacra, housed within the church building.
Since opening its doors in 2010, Teatro Riachuelo has played host to more than 200 events. Accommodating around 2500 guests, this is one of the largest theaters in the city. The space can be adapted to suit different kinds of acts. State-of-the-art technologies used for acoustics and lighting, ensure that viewers enjoy stellar performances. Teatro Riachuelo can also be rented out to organize social and corporate events. Home to the Teatro Riachuelo and the Cinemark movie theater, the third floor of Midway Mall is truly an entertainment hub.
Genipabu is one of the most picturesque locations on the Rio Grande do Norte coast. It features a freshwater lagoon and a maze of dunes that are best explored on a buggy ride. Pristine sand, clear water, and a beachfront of restaurants and hotels make it a popular check mark on tourist itineraries as well as that of locals. Get an adrenaline rush with esquibunda, where you can slide down the dunes.
Housed inside an 1875-built house manifesting neo-classical architectural elements, the Memorial Câmara Cascudo in Natal is a fitting ode to one of Brazil's legendary historians, Luis da Cascudo. This is where you will find heaps of old manuscripts and parchments based on common folklore, religion and history. While researchers are welcome to browse through the books, lending is not allowed.