to beachgoers day and night. A common sight on the beach are "jangadas", simple, multicolored, local fishing boats typical of northeastern Brazil. The Via Costeira (Coastal Way) is a great avenue built next to the dunes and beaches of the city, including making the connection of several beaches in the state.thumb Pipa Beach (File:Praia de Pipa.jpg) ;Pipa Beach The Pipa Beach is located from Natal and completely away from urban centers. Paradise
with the municipality of Parnamirim. For those who come from the State of Ceará, the principle access is by the Federal Highway BR-304, through the boundary with the municipality of Macaíba, where you pick up BR-226 taking people to Natal. Leaving Natal, an important access to the southern Potiguar coast is the "Sun Route" (Rota do Sol) as RN-063 is known by, and which takes you to the beaches of Pirangi, Búzios, Tabatinga, up to the municipality of Nísia Floresta. The North Shore
''. There are references of the 1970s Brazilian music and Glam rock, Folk music (Brazilian or not), from the 1980s B-rock, from the 1980s São Paulo Vanguard, Jovem Guarda (the garage side of this genre), Tropicália, the Samba rock and the Black music revisited, Electro, Rap, Ska, Jazz, Dub music, Funk Carioca and part is influenced by almost everyone of these genres. A large number of bands were created. Among pioneers from this period are Cachorro Grande, Tetine, Cordel do Fogo Encantado, Cansei de
Discos , Senhor F (:pt:Senhor F), Mondo 77, Trama (:pt:Trama (gravadora)), Travolta Discos, Deckdisc (:pt:Deckdisc), Urban Jungle (:pt:Urban Jungle), Fora do Eixo Discos, Escárnio e Osso). It's a moment of intense creativity. The Brazilian indie scene with the support of the internet, MTV and the festivals gain a captive audience. Part is influenced by the Hard rock, Hardcore, Metal, part is influenced by the 1990s rock, after the Strokes and Radiohead ''boom
of the lagoon. The tours of "buggies (Dune buggy)" are offered in the local "with emotion" or "no emotion", according to the degree of risk, it is recommended, however, are chosen accredited professionals responsible for security not only of tourists, but the middle - environment. ;Ponta Negra and Via Costeira thumb left Ponta Negra (File:Morro do Careca Natal Brasil.jpg) Beach Ponta Negra is a famous beach and a neighborhood located in the Brazilian
to the sound of the music. Natal is also home to the "Mada", a national festival of pop rock national, and the "Verão de Todos", a summer festival. Transportation International airport thumb right Natal Air Force Base (File:Base Aérea de Natal - Cruzex 2008.jpg) Located virtually at sea level (169 feet), with favorable weather and geographic conditions, Greater Natal International Airport in São Gonçalo do Amarante is '''Estádio Dr. João Cláudio Vasconcelos Machado''', usually known as '''Machadão''', is a multi-purpose stadium in the Brazilian city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches.
), located in the Eastern Zone of the city. All the accesses to the countryside of the state are through the Metropolitan region of Natal, composed of the municipalities of Ceará-Mirim, Emaús, Extremoz, Macaíba, Monte Alegre, Nísia Floresta, Parnamirim e São Gonçalo do Amarante. Buses with direct destinations to various Brazilian capitals also leave from the Passenger Bus Terminal of Natal. The cities with regular weekly schedules are: Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Palmas, Recife, Salvador, São Luiz e Teresina. '''Estádio Dr. João Cláudio Vasconcelos Machado''', usually known as '''Machadão''', is a multi-purpose stadium in the Brazilian city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches.
;ref File:Escola-de-Música-UFRN.jpg thumb right Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
Navarro). It received its name based on the date of commencement of its construction, 6 January 1598, at Epiphany Catholic calendar. ;Natal City Park thumb left Natal City Park (File:Parque da Cidade do Natal.jpg) The Natal City Park Dom Nivaldo Monte, or simply the City Park is an urban park. Inaugurated on July 21, 2008 with architectural project of Oscar Niemeyer. It has a unique, monumental tower, and has a museum and restaurant. As of January 2011, the entire park is closed due to lack of funding from the city. '''Estádio Dr. João Cláudio Vasconcelos Machado''', usually known as '''Machadão''', is a multi-purpose stadium in the Brazilian city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches.
to the north of Natal and the closest point to Europe from Latin America, was first visited by European navigators in 1501, in the 1501–1502 Portuguese expedition led by Amerigo Vespucci, who named the spot after the saint of the day. For decades thereafter, no permanent European settlement was established in the area, inhabited by the Potiguar tribe (Potiguara people). In 1597, after some years during which French pirates, led by Jacques Riffault, established regular commercial activities with the native population, the ninth Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil, Francisco de Sousa, ordered the expulsion of the buccaneers. The successful expedition against 50 Frenchmen and their Indian allies was led by the Captain-Major of the Captaincy of Pernambuco, Manuel de Mascarenhas Homem, with the assistance of Jerônimo de Albuquerque Maranhão. Albuquerque Maranhão began on January 6, 1598, the construction of the Fort of the Holy Kings or of the Magi-Kings ("Forte dos Santos Reis" or "Forte dos Reis Magos"), named after the Three Wise Men, honored in the Christian feast of the Epiphany (Epiphany (feast)), celebrated on that day. On December 25, 1599, Natal (whose name means Nativity or Christmas in Portuguese) was established as a village outside the fort. The fort, city, and surrounding areas were occupied by Dutch forces from 1633 to 1654. They rechristened the fort "Fort Ceulen" after one of their commanders. thumb left Natal skyline (File:Imagem noturna de Natal - RN.JPG) The sandy soil of Natal prevented the city from becoming a producer of sugarcane, during the colonial times. For centuries, the economy of the State was based on the raising of cattle in the dry interior lands; the cattle was sent alive to the larger centers, to be used as traction, or was turned into jerked beef, to be used as food; the most typical food of Natal, "carne de sol" (sun meat), has origins in that jerked beef. Last century, Natal benefited from the growth of the industries of salt (the north of Rio Grande do Norte is the largest producer in Brazil) and petroleum (the largest inland Brazilian reserves are in the State). Natal grew quickly, but in a somewhat planned way (compared to other major Brazilian cities); transit flows smoothly, public services are well distributed, ecologic conscience is visible; violence levels are low. Tourists (first Brazilians, more recently foreigners) discovered the city, which became one of the major tourist destinations in Brazil. Because of its strategic position (Natal is one of the cities in Brazil nearest to Western Europe and Africa, especially Dakar, Senegal), an American air base was built in a suburb of Natal named Parnamirim during World War II as part of the so-called Operation Rainbow; this base provided support for allied troops combating in the north of Africa. Thousands of American soldiers were sent to Natal, and their presence left traces in the culture of the city. Geography Natal is located at '''Estádio Dr. João Cláudio Vasconcelos Machado''', usually known as '''Machadão''', is a multi-purpose stadium in the Brazilian city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches.
'''Natal''' ( ''Christmas'') is the capital and largest city of Rio Grande do Norte, a northeastern (Northeastern Brazil) state in Brazil. As of the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) July 2009, the city had a total population of 950,820 (1,363,547 in its Greater Natal).
The implementation of the Via Costeira (Coastal Highway),
It is the capital of Brazil closest to Africa and Europe,