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About the City of Natal

Seal of NatalSatellite view showing Natal (Portuguese for Christmas), a seaport and the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, one of the 26 Brazilian states. The city is located in east  Brazil at the Atlantic coast just some miles south of the northeastern tip of South America.

Ponta Negra Beach Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
View of Ponta Negra Beach, Natal at night.
Image: Beraldo Leal
The story of the city begins with the construction of the Fort of the Holy Kings in 1598. In 1599 a village named Natal was established outside the fort near the mouth of the Potengi River.

Today Natal is the largest city in Rio Grande do Norte state and has a population of about 800,000, 1.6 million people live in the metropolitan area (census 2010). The city is a popular tourist destination and has some tourist attractions, it is famous for its natural beauty like the Atlantic Forest and the dunes of the Dunas State Park in the heart of the city.

Natal lies in a tropical wet and dry climate zone offering a warm to hot and humid environment with average temperatures of 27° to 30° Celsius throughout the year.

2014 FIFA World Cup
The city was one of the twelve host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Four group matches were held at the Arena das Dunas in June 2014.

The Map shows map of the city of Natal with expressways, main roads and streets and the location of Natal International Airport (IATA Code: NAT) named Augusto Severo International Airport, located in Parnamirim about 18 km (11 mi) from Natal's city center.

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Local Time Natal:
Friday-February-3  23:06  
Brasília time (BRT): UTC/GMT -3 hours
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Google Earth: Searchable map/satellite view of the City of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
City Coordinates: 5°49'S, 35°9'W
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External Links:
Natal (official website)

Portal do Turismo (in Portuguese)

Wikipedia: Natal
Wikipedia entry: Natal
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Arena das Dunas, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
Arena das Dunas in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
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