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2014 World Cup Brazil - Host city Natal   

Quick facts about Natal:

Natal is one of the three World Cup host cities that sits on the far north eastern ridge of the Brazil coastline. Located in between the two host cities of Fortaleza and Recife, Natal means 'nativity' or 'Christmas' in Portuguese - named after the date of its founding - December 25th 1599.

Natal is notable for its natural beauty, with beautiful white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. The city is also known as 'The city of the sun' and 'The city of the dunes' and is a popular tourist destination for Brazilians, Americans and Europeans. Natal has a good tourist infrastructure with plenty of hotel and hostel accommodation and is leading the tourist boom in Brazil. More investment in Natal's tourist sector is planned over the next few years with over 1 billion earmarked for tourism development.

Things to see and do in Natal include the Dunas state ecological park - one of the largest urban parks in Brazil - and the coral reefs of Parrachos de Maracajau, where the clear waters offer excellent diving and snorkelling. Ponta Negra is a great place to chill out. The beach is lined with bars, restaurants and nightclubs and the fishermen can be seen plying their trade off the coast in their trademark colourful boats.

Natal has a stable tropical climate with warm humid conditions throughout the year. The winter months during the World Cup will be marginally cooler than the summer months and rainfall can be heavy. Cool winds blowing in from the Atlantic can make the temperatures more manageable. Natal receives more than 3000 hours of sunshine every year.

Natal 2014 World Cup matches

To be confirmed

Natal World Cup stadium

The brand new Dunas Arena will replace the old Machadao Stadium in Lagoa Nova as part of the World Cup reconstruction plans. The $180 million stadium will have an all seater capacity of 45,000.

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As Natal's importance as a tourist destination popular with holidaymakers from all over the world, a new airport has been built to service the area. The Greater Natal International Airport is expected to become the busiest airport in the north east of the country and will have the largest passenger terminal in Latin America. Numerous destinations in the Americas and connections to Europe will available from Natal.

Natal is also serviced by the Augusto Severo International Airport, 11 miles from the city centre. No refurbishments will be required for the 2014 World Cup as a new passenger terminal was built in 2000.

There are three main ways to get around Natal. The local bus service is cheap and convenient and there are plenty of cheap taxis to ferry people around. An alternative is to hire a beach buggy so you can whizz along the sand with the wind in your hair. Some tour operators also run 4WD excursions and sight seeing trips.

 

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