Natal travel guide

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You're Going to Love Natal

When you want to get away from it all, bask in warm beach sunsets and steep yourself in local Brazilian culture and history, Natal is your destination. Home to many affluent locals and vacationers alike, this north Atlantic coastal city is safer than Salvador or Recife and features plenty of beautiful parks, scenic ocean views, historical architecture and modern shopping centers.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Natal

1. Visit the Pristine Beaches

Whether you'd like to work up a tan on the warm sand dunes or hit the choppy waters aboard a water-buggy, Natal's variety of crystalline blue beaches have something for everyone.

2. Take in the Intricate Architecture

From the Alberto Maranhão Theatre (a neoclassical style building) to the five-pointed, star-shaped Forte dos Reis Magos, Natal's architecture makes for postcard-ready shots.

3. Get Back in Touch with Nature

Take the time to go swimming with the fishes on a snorkeling tour or take a hike on the trails of Parque das Dunas.

4. Check out Ponta Negra's Nightlife

Here is where the youth and families looking for great food and an even better atmopshere converge. Enjoy live shows and events on Via Costeira and Artistas Beach.

5. Don't Miss the Local Shopping

Handicrafts and craft-making are at the heart of Natal's local market charm, so make sure to visit the Centre of Tourism in district of Petrópolis for lots of great options on local spices, crafts and even home decor.

Where to Eat in Natal

When you're looking to chow down, head to A Cantina da Praia in Ponta Negra for all-you-can-eat meals for R$12.

When to visit Natal

Natal in April
Estimated hotel price
$47
1 night at 3-star hotel
Natal in April
Estimated hotel price
$47
1 night at 3-star hotel

While it is humid, the maximum temperature in Natal is between 68°F and 89°F due to the cool Atlantic coastal breeze that hits the town. It experiences almost 1900 hours of sunshine a year - so, visit any time!

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How to Get to Natal

Plane

Natal's Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport is 15.5 miles from the city center. Take the bus from the terminal for R$2.60. Alternatively, get to Ponta Negra using a taxi for R$43.

Train

While there are a few different rail transport trains in Brazil, Natal does not have any.

Car

Traveling from other cities like Recife to Natal takes no time at all. Use the BR 101 northwards and exit on the RN 120 halfway through. The journey takes about 4-5 hours.

Bus

Buses run frequently from Natal to cities like Fortaleza for R$35-150, to Recife for R$42-R$60 and to João Pessoa. The bus station is located 1.9 miles from the city center.

Airports near Natal

Airlines serving Natal

American Airlines
Good (47,665 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,806 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,738 reviews)
Air France
Good (4,361 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (9,188 reviews)
Iberia
Good (6,162 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,532 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,044 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,776 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (5,579 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (3,263 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (5,791 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (9,965 reviews)
Avianca
Good (13,612 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (2,428 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (12,985 reviews)
GOL
Good (3,278 reviews)
Azul
Excellent (2,181 reviews)
Aerolineas Argentinas
Good (2,478 reviews)
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Where to stay in Natal

The Esmeralda Praia Hotel is one of the best spots for a luxury stay. The Pousada Maravista has rooms with beachfront views. For a central location that's budget-friendly, check into the Pousada Ponta Negra.

Popular neighbourhoods in Natal

Ponta Negra - It is one of the most affluent neighborhoods, featuring upscale hotels, thronging nightlife venues and bars as well as great shopping centers and beaches.

Petrópolis - Tall, imposing residential buildings juxtapose the this neoclassical tourism center, with its long tradition of craft shops and local handiwork kiosks in this district.

São Gonçalo do Amarante - This neighborhood plays host to the São Sebastião festival and there are lots of beautiful churches and restaurants featuring fresh seafood.

Where to stay in popular areas of Natal

Most booked hotels in Natal

Best Western Premier Majestic Ponta Negra Beach
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
$107+
Aquaria Natal Hotel
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$99+
Serhs Natal Grand Hotel & Resort
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$164+
Quality Hotel & Suites Natal
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$63+
Holiday Inn Natal
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$66+
Imirá Plaza Hotel & Convention
Good (6.5, Good reviews)
$69+
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How to Get Around Natal

Public Transportation

Buses in Natal cost around R$2.65 but the routes can get crowded. You can use the city bus to get to major shopping centers, such as the Midway Mall.

Taxi

Fares for taxis start at R$4.15 and it's R$3.48-R$4.68 per mile after that.

Car

Rent a car in Natal using companies like Mirassol or Accesso, with rates starting from R$70.

Car hire agencies in Natal

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The Cost of Living in Natal

Shopping Streets

Check out the Alecrim neighborhood for markets and fairs. Serious shoppers will love Midway Mall or Praia Shopping.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs R$4 and a dozen eggs cost R$7.

Cheap meal
$11.19
A pair of jeans
$94.00
Single public transport ticket
$1.49
Cappuccino
$3.06