Rio Grande do Norte Tourism and Travel Guide

Natal RN
Natal in RN

Strong winds, sun, dunes, beaches, cliffs and the friendliness of the people of Rio Grande do Norte accompany visitors along the coast.

The history of Rio Grande do Norte begins just one year after the discovery of Brazil.

In 1501, the squadron of Gaspar Lemos touched the then coast of Touros (today the nice town of São Miguel do Gostoso) and there he planted the landmark of possession of the Portuguese Crown, the so-called Marco de Touros.

But the effective occupation of the region took almost a century, due to the resistance of the Potiguares Indians – “shrimp eaters” in Tupi – and French invasions.

Mapa da Costa do Rio Grande do Norte
Rio Grande do Norte Coast Map

With the help of men from Pernambuco and Paraíba, Portugal retook the land and, in 1598, began construction of the Forte dos Reis Magos.

The embryo of the city of Natal, the fortress was built to protect the main access to the lands of Natal: the Potengi River.

Well preserved to this day, the fortress is a pleasant visit when passing through the capital – both for its historical value and for the great viewpoint for the city’s landscape that emerges in front of a sunny and seductive coastline of white sands that fills the view, growing, to the west, in long strips towards the border with Ceará and, to the south, towards the lands of Paraíba.

Movable or fixed dunes of pink or beige tones, agitated or semi-deserted beaches, as well as the many lagoons complete the charming and varied range of natural beauties of the entire coast, which can be explored in pleasant buggy rides along the beach sand.

Mapa turístico do Rio Grande do Norte
Tourist map of Rio Grande do Norte

In the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the rich culture of the people who explored the arid territory has resisted the changes imposed by time, and the Portuguese influence and indigenous heritage are still preserved.

In small Acari, surrounded by mountains, you can go hiking and observe the unique landscape, which includes rock inscriptions.

The artisanship is also prominent in the interior, especially in Caicó.

Currais Novos, in turn, keeps the tradition of the quadrilhas festival during the June festivities.

See the tourist map of Rio Grande do Norte

Videos “Tourist spots of RN”

Get to know the tourist spots of RN, such as Apodi, Natal, Touros, São Miguel do Gostoso, Pipa, Timbau do Sul, Ponta Negra, Genipabu etc…



For the beaches, at any time of the year. In summer (from December to February), the cities are crowded and prices go up.

In the months of June and July, to participate in the festivities of São João, in the Seridó region, enjoy the typical dances of the quadrilhas and taste the delicacies of the June festivities.

Rio Grande do Norte Tourism and Travel Guide

Rio Grande do Norte – History and Main Tourist Sites

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