Quality Hotel & Suites Natal
Av Engenheiro Roberto Freire
Phone: (55) 84 4008 4888
Fax: (55) 84 4008 4889
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.
Covered in vegetation on most of its surface, with large patches of visible sand traipsing to the ground, Morro do Careca is easily one of the city's most unique sights. The unusually tall sand dune is a spectacular natural phenomenon and forms a picturesque backdrop to the Ponta Negra Beach. Once among the city's most visited tourist attractions, the dune has been closed to the public to conserve its sensitive natural elements. Some of the best views of the dune can be enjoyed from the southern part of the beach.
Sandwiched between the sea and the Parque Das Dunas, Via Costeira is one of the city's most picturesque avenues. Also known as the Avenida Senador Dinarte Mariz, the coastal stretch spans nearly 10 kilometers (6.21 miles), and skirts some of the city's best beaches, from the Ponte Negra beach, to a host of secluded beaches. The stretch sees some of the highest tourist activity and is replete with top-notch dining and accommodation options.
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.
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.
Also known as Farol de Natal, Farol de Mãe Luíza was constructed in 1951 and has been actively assisting with navigation on the Atlantic Ocean. The pristine white tower shares its name with the neighborhood in which it stands, and is easily visible from the streets. Because of being in active operation, entry is not permitted to the general public.
Praia de Areia Preta takes its name from its dark sands, and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the city. A hidden gem, known only to locals until recently, the beach has steadily gained attention among tourists for its steady surf and scenic vistas. The area around the beach has an excellent array of restaurants, perfect for sampling local delights.
It's difficult to imagine that this curious and futuristic-looking structure is actually a cathedral, unless you know this well before hand. Built in 1988, Catedral Metropolitana de Natal is one of the city's most unique architectural gems and places of worship. The curvy, slanting roof and asymmetrical dimensions of the edifice make it an instantly eye-catching structure on Avenida Deodoro da Fonseca. Also known as the Catedral Nova, the church is dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Apresentação de Natal.
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.
Roughly covering the areas of Cidade Alta and Ribeira, the city's historic center offers a fascinating peek into the architectural and historic trends that shaped that city as it is today. The expansive area houses some of the city's most beautiful historic structures including the Camara Cascudo House, Capitania des Artes and Felipe Camarao Palace. History and architecture enthusiasts will find the Portuguese colonial influences on the church buildings and other structures, particularly interesting.
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.
This little stretch of sands between Praia do Meio and Areia Preta is popular not just for its picture-perfect conditions, but for the delightful cultural and nightlife options that surround it. In close proximity to the aptly named Praia dos Artistas is the Centro de Artesanato da Praia dos Artistas, a major hub for art-related activities in the city. Numerous bars and clubs line the area, making the beach a fun place to hangout. The beach is also popular with the surfing community for its strong and consistent waves.