Natal is the capital and largest city of the state Rio Grande do Norte, located in northeastern Brazil. It is the country’s closest city to Africa and Europe, with its Greater Natal International Airport connecting Natal with many Brazilian cities. Natal is a major tourist destination and an exporting hub of crustaceans, carnauba wax and fruits, mostly melon, sugar apple, cashew and papaya.
About Natal, Brazil in brief
Natal is the capital and largest city of the state Rio Grande do Norte, located in northeastern Brazil. It is the country’s closest city to Africa and Europe, with its Greater Natal International Airport connecting Natal with many Brazilian cities and also operating some international flights. Natal is a major tourist destination and an exporting hub of crustaceans, carnauba wax and fruits, mostly melon, sugar apple, cashew and papaya. The city was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It was first visited by European navigators in 1501, in the 1501–1502 Portuguese expedition led by Amerigo Vespucci, who named the spot after the saint of the day. The sandy soil of Natal prevented the city from becoming a producer of sugarcane during the colonial times. Because of its strategic position, an American air base was built in Natal named Parnamirim during World War II, as part of the so-called Operation Rainbow. In the last century, Natal benefited from the growth of the salt industries and petroleum. Natal grew quickly, but in a somewhat planned way. Tourists discovered the city, which became one the major tourist destinations in Brazil. The greatest amount of rain falls between March and July falls at about six degrees south of the equator, about six inches of rain per year.
It has a typical tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity all year. The warmest month of the year is February, with mean maxima of 31 °C and mean minima of 29 ° C, while July is the coolest month of 24 ° C and minima of 22 ° C. The northern tip of South America, Cape São Roque, is the closest point to Europe from Latin America, 20 miles to the north of Nantal. Nantala is located at 5°46′S 35°12′W 5.767°S 35. 200°W） The city has a total area of 170 square kilometres. Natal lies on the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of the Potengi River. It also holds the Potenji Conference, which took place right after the Casablanca Conference and defined the active participation of Brazil in the war, being the only Latin American country to send troops overseas to fight in Europe. It is also known as the \”City of the Sun\” and also as the northeastern tip of the Lator Dunes, which is located about six miles south of Latoruco, the northernmost point of the coast of Brazil. Its population is 763,043, making it the 19th largest city in the country. It had a total population of 762,000 in July 2018, according to IBGE’s July 2018 report.
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