Cheap Flights to Natal

Natal overview

Resembling the planet of Tatooine in the Star Wars saga, Natal, the capital of Rio Grande Do Norte, is a city built on sand. Everywhere you go, north or south, you're surrounded by it. Founded in 1599 by the Portuguese, Natal became somewhat of a forgotten city for years. It suddenly re-emerged during World War II as a military base and was known as the “Trampoline to Victory” because of its proximity to North Africa. Today, it is simply referred to as the “City of the Sun”, blessed with ten hours of endless sunshine a day which makes planning your flight to Natal a lot easier.

The landscape throughout the city is dominated by beaches, quaint fishing villages and, of course, the omnipresent sand dunes. Most visitors explore these sights by buggy and head south of the city to the popular village of Punta Negra which has a two mile beach and perfect waves for surfing. More adventurous travellers who book flights to Natal should also consider venturing north to Genipabu home of the largest sand dunes in the state. These 50 metre dunes lie between the calm beach and a fresh water lake, and there’s even lazy Dromedary Camels wondering around ready to give anyone a ride.

When to fly to Natal

Peak season

When booking your Natal flight bear in mind that summer is from December to March which tends to be the busiest times in the coastal cities.

Off season

Although the sun shines almost every day of the year, it does rain in June to August, and in January to February.

Getting around Natal

The most efficient way to get around the city and the beach towns is by bus. But if you’d rather have the freedom of a car then renting one is a good option, especially since traffic is light and roads are safe.

More adventurous visitors will find that renting a buggy with a driver is a fun and quick way to get to the beaches and dunes outside the city.

Taxis are readily available on the streets, alternatively you can phone one of the local taxi companies and reserve one in advance.

Natal insider information

  • If you insist on visiting at least one museum on your trip, then head to the Museu Câmara Cascudo which boasts an interesting collection of original jangada rafts and reproductions of some archaeological sites. There’s also a salt mine and a cave that you can explore.
  • Take a buggy ride to the village of Maracajaú, 40 miles from Natal, where you can snorkel among the magnificent coral reefs or relax in its warm, shallow waters.
  • Thinking of booking a flight to Natal in December? Then you can't miss Carnatal: Natal’s version of Carnaval, which draws huge crowds from all over the country ready to party.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of the city and its dominant dunes from the Forte Dos Reis Magos which was occupied by the Dutch in the mid 17th-century.
  • For something a little different try sand boarding. And where better to indulge in such a unique sport than in the city built on sand. Avid sand boarders hit the dunes at the south end of Genipabu beach for some of the best sand in the state.

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Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
£ 1.21
Large bottle of water
£ 0.78
1 litre of milk
£ 0.76
A dozen eggs
£ 1.16
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike trainers
£ 70.91
Pair of jeans
£ 38.37
1 mile taxi journey
£ 1.67
Petrol (1 litre)
£ 0.85
Taxi - fixed fee
£ 1.03
One-way ticket (local transport)
£ 0.73
Cheap meal
£ 4.07
Meal at McDonald's or similar
£ 5.28
£ 1.17
How much does a beer cost in Natal?
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
£ 1
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
£ 1
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
£ 1
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
£ 3

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