Natal (translated as Christmas in Portuguese) is the largest city and capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, northeastern Brazil. As of IBGE July 2014, Natal had a total population of 862,040 people (1,485,500 in Greater Natal). The municipality area of Natal is 167.264 km2 (64.581 ml2). The city area is 170 km2 (66 ml2). Natal city lies on the Atlantic, at the mouth of Potengi River.
The implementation of Coastal Highway (Via Costeira), 10 km (6.2 ml) long avenue along the dunes and the shore, was the true starting point for beginning of tourist activity in the State during the 1980s. That is where the major hotels of the capital city are concentrated.
Natal features several tourist attractions and is popular for its natural beauty (the crystalline waters of Maracajau and the world's largest cashew tree), for its historical buildings and monuments (such as Newton Navarro bridge, Forte dos Reis Magos, Alberto Maranhao Theatre), for its beaches (Ponta Negra, Pipa, Genipabu) and for its off-season carnival (The Carnatal). The city boasts Brazil's 2nd largest urban park, Parque das Dunas.
Tourism is the major industry of Natal, attracting Europeans (many from England, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, France), Brazilians, and U.S. citizens alike. Natal is the capital of Brazil that is the closest to Europe and Africa, and Greater Natal International Airport connects it with many Brazilian cities and operates international flights. Natal was one of the host cities of 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The fishing industry in Natal is very strong (shark cartilage is the major export to Japan) as is cultivation of tropical fruit (guavas, mangos, and cashews). IThe largest cashew tree in the world is situated near the coast in Pirangi's neighborhood, south of the city center. The tree has a circumference of 500 m and occupies an area of 7,300 m2, which makes it 70 times the size of the average cashew trees.
Carnival in Natal, popular as "The Carnatal", is one of Brazil's largest off-season carnivals. The Carnatal takes place in November or December, in the streets around Machadao Stadium.
The Port of Natal specializes in cold storage cargo like fruit, shrimp and fish, among others. It features its own customs facilities and connects to Europe via direct navigation lines, mainly to Rotterdam, Sheerness and Vigo ports.
Port Natal cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Natal, Brazil. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|20 January, 2019|
|Marco Polo||08:00||18:00||Recife, Brazil|
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