Get to know Natal
Rio Grande do Norte is the Land of the Sun! A place of white sand beaches, dunes, palm trees and lots of peace, a place to relax and admire the beautiful landscape. Here, summer lasts all year long, and the heat is mitigated by a constant breeze. With a coastline ranging for 399 km, the state has calm beaches, with natural pools formed by reefs. Perfect for a delightful swim.
It also has beaches with waves that are great for surfing, and almost deserted ones, with dunes and palm trees.
The neoclassical style, brought by the Artistic Mission to Brazil, lasted for the entire nineteenth century and left behind a few significant architectural specimens that exist yet today in Rio Grande do Norte, especially in Natal.
The twentieth century brought progress due to the Industrial Revolution. Natal anticipated to National Modernist Movement, with the creation of the first Urban Plan for the City, by Resolution No. 15, of 12.30.1901, which created the new City comprising the districts of Tyrol and Petrópolis.
The plan was drafted by the architect Antonio Polidrelli. In 1902, the installation of the Harbor Works Committee drove growth at the Ribeira settlement.
In 1929, Giacomo Palumbo, at the invitation of Mayor Omar O'Grady, developed the Urban Expansion Systematization Plan for Natal. When the "State of War" was enacted in Brazil on account of the Second World War, the American military picked Rio Grande do Norte for installing an airbase due to its geographical position. At the time, Natal became known as the "Springboard of Victory."
From then, Natal's urban development increased. The City expanded, new districts were created, and broad avenues built. Natal continues to grow every day. The coastal route was deployed, with a large network of comfortable hotels. New buildings are constructed every day. The many tourists visiting Natal have already elevated the City to the condition of a Regional Tourism Hub.
And summer needs not arrive in order for Rio Grande do Norte to fill with beauty. After all, heat reigns year-round in the far northeast, attracting upwards of 500,000 tourists from around the world.
Many come from the Southern Brazil and do not care they have to drive 3,000 km of poorly kept roads in a car or spend hours on a plane to get there.
All they need is the certainty that there is ice cold coconut milk waiting for them under the shade of one of the thousands of coconut trees scattered around the region.
It is in the Ponta Negra district that Blue Marlin Apartments is located. A privileged neighborhood on account of its structure, which is surrounded by a lot of leisure attractions and everything that is needed for a peaceful stay. Near the hotel there are restaurants, bars, handicraft fairs, there is shopping mall, a Convention Center, and much more.
Located 14 kilometers south of downtown Natal, Ponta Negra beach is a small, 3-kilometer long bay.
To the north, a stretch of open water with strong waves is a favorite among surfers. At the southern tip, the rafts and MORRO DO CARECA (a 120-meter high dune lined with vegetation) compose one of the most beautiful Brazilian postcards.
Also known as "Casarão" (Big House), several years ago it became a venue for artistic and cultural events, after being restored by the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage - IPHAN. Its premises were adapted to provide various types of tourism support services, such as a craft store, an art gallery, theater, restaurant, nightclub, bar, snack bar, etc. From there one also has a panoramic view of the urban beaches.
FORTE DOS REIS MAGOS
This was the first milestone for the conquest of Rio Grande do Norte. It is located near the place where the Atlantic Ocean meets to the mouth of the Potenji River.
In 1638, Prince Maurice of Nassau, stayed at the fort together with Franz Post, who first painted the Fortress. Heroes like Felipe Camarão and the leader of the 1817 Republican movement, André de Albuquerque Maranhão, also visited there.
BARREIRA DO INFERNO
Barreira do Inferno started being built from 1964, near the Ponta Negra beach, 17 km away from downtown Natal. Covering an area of approximately 5 square kilometers, the site has about 30 modern buildings, paved roads, and an efficient lighting system.
The facilities have ramps for launching various types of rockets, fuel tanks and rocket warehouses, in addition to a sophisticated weather station and another one that is used to launch research balloons. It also features tracking and telemetry radar, and is the reason why Natal is called the Space Capital of Brazil. It is the first rocket launch base in South America, and the fourth in importance worldwide.