With the FIFA World Cup 2014 in full swing in Brazil, we decided to take you on a vibrant journey through the tournament’s host cities. There are 12 cities taking part including Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Manaus, Brasilia, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, Cuiaba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Rio De Janerio and Natal where we continue our journey…
Located on the north eastern tip of Brazil, Natal is an emerging tourist destination for both Brazilians and foreign travellers. With long sandy beaches and a tropical climate it’s one of the best destinations for some R&R.
USP: Considered to be the safest of all Brazil’s state capitals.
Shop: You’ll find most of the shopping in the south of Natal which also contains Ponta Negra beach – a tourist hotspot. However, if you’re in Natal on a Saturday we recommend you try the Alecrim Farmers Market.
Eat and Drink: If you like seafood you’re in for a treat in Natal. Camaroes Potiguar is possibly Natal’s best restaurant as well as being a temple to all things prawn. Stewed, fried, baked and boiled; if you can think of it then they’ve probably done it to a prawn (okay, let’s not even go there). If you can’t get a table there, then pop down to, Choperia Petropolis; in a bohemian area of Natal it’s little more than a few tables on the street but the food is great as is the live music.
Sleep: You’ll find hotels all along the beach front, anything from budget stopovers to five star luxury. For some barefoot chic we recommend the boutique hotel, Kana Pousada de Charme.
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