Tradition and taste are in Redinha.
The combination is perfect: heat to warm the spirit and blue sky to frame the ride. The beach Redinha is a tourist destination for those who love tradition, peculiarities, crafts, salt spray smell and taste of freshly baked fish. On one side, the river Potengi with its mangroves, forming an immense green belt that serves as one of the city's lungs. Right of who stands on the beach, the great bridge Newton Navarro gives the modern tone and urban to the site. With his back to the sea, the church of Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes blesses the fishing village that gave rise to one of the oldest neighborhoods of Natal.
Like all beaches of the coast, the Redinha swim relaxes the body and the mind, but it is the sand that visitors discover the greatest wealth of the place. In any kiosk or in the pits of the public market, you can enjoy a delicious dish whose origin is lost in time: ginga with tapioca. Most people already know the food of indigenous origin, made of fresh gum (or flour) of cassava. As for the combination with the fish, taken as genuinely RN, is a novelty for tourists.
For those around a buggy ride from the north coast, the snack is required and goes well with cold beer. The swing is like the natives of beach called the fish of various species that escape the network, known as "Caíco" in other beaches. They are placed on a skewer, then fried in immersion and served in a tapioca made the most whim. She is so cute that even melts in your mouth. Everything is made to order and packs the best conversations at sea.
The edge of Redinha, unique urban beach located on the north side of Natal, has been revitalized after the construction of the new bridge. Forming a corridor linking the market, the little church of stone and the Handicraft Market, Largo João Alfredo was created in honor of the poet and most popular carnival Beach, who died in 2004. Like many intellectuals, he also sang in verse the beauty of his beloved beach. "old Redinha tired, very proud of you, lay the body drunk in bed Potengi".
The last verse concerns the spectacle of the meeting between the river and the sea, one of the greatest beauties of Redinha. For those who enjoy tranquility and have availability during the week, nothing better than to get away from the typical crowded Saturday and Sunday, when the beach gets the population of the northern part of Natal to enjoy the sun and the cold beer. After all, being a beach located in a very populated region, it is only fair that Natal also enjoy their charms.
Public Market turned a point
The boxes of the public market that have the front facing the sea serve as bars. In part of the funds, are located the boxes for sale of fish, whose owners are mostly owners of boats, which facilitates trading. The fishing community is one of the traditions that Redinha guard in the open. Every day, you can buy noble species such as sea bass (known as Camurim in Natal coast), red snapper, Arabaiana, grouper and sea bass (or serigado). You can also buy shrimp, crab and lobster (the time of fishing is from June to December).
The patron saint of fishermen
Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes is quite celebrated in Redinha, because there are two temples in honor of the saint. The Stone Church is most famous for being have been built with stones taken from the reef. It was built at the initiative of vacationers in 1954 and said it was used whale oil on your walls. Being positioned back to the sea was considered an affront to the fishermen, who preferred to devote his devotion to the image of the other chapel.
Residents attend a white little church, dated 1922, in the center of the old town and exits the maritime procession of the image that runs along the river Potengi from Boca da Barra to the Naval Base, in the neighborhood of Quintas. At the party that occurs early in the year, ending the Natal cycle, it is traditional to be two processions, each with its own image. One follows the ground, and the other sails by the river.
Aquarium worth visiting
The Redinha is divided between the Old Redinha, on Natal, and New Redinha, linked to the city of Extremoz. It is the way in Coastal Avenue, which connects the two redinhas, where is the Natal Aquarium, a nice place for those who like to go deeper in the knowledge of marine fauna. The aquarium has about 60 species of animals such as sharks, moray eels, coral fish, seahorses, and alligators, penguins, Arapaima, among others. The visitors, accompanied by monitors, can even touch sharks.
Access by a beautiful bridge
The south or the center of Natal, the best way is to Forte-Redinha Newton Navarro Bridge. For two very compelling reasons: first the speed (distance of only six kilometers from the center) and second by the beauty of the path. The contrasting landscapes between urban and bucolic are to behold.
The other way to get to Redinha is through Igapó Bridge, following John Medeiros Filho avenue, known as Road of Redinha. In this case, there are two drawbacks: the constant traffic jams, because this is the most traditional link between west and east zones of Natal with the northern zone, and the distance (about 20 miles from the center).
Newton Navarro, a just tribute
Owner of a perfect stroke, subtle and delicate. Newton Navarro (1928-1992) left a rich legacy on the northeastern cultural events. In large offices, the offices and traditional schools, he rests in peace, enriching the walls. For all that it entailed for Natal culture, called the Forte-Redinha bridge with the name of the best-known artist of the newborn really is a fitting tribute.
Navarro was born in Natal and was more than a painter and designer: he composed verses, contributed to several publications in Natal and other Brazilian cities, and has some books published. Was frequent visitor of Lira Tavares Pier, in Ribeira, where it was said to know, beyond the boatmen, even the stray dogs, as Aparecida bitch, cited in his book Beira Rio (1970).
The origin of the name
Fishing village, fishing nets: it is natural for everyone to think that the beach's name is due to fishing activity and the habit of spreading of nets along the beach. Really this explanation has foundations, however, according wrote Cascudo, the celebrated historian Natal, the town would have been baptized by the Portuguese, who gave the village the same name in a certain region of Portugal. When in doubt, the two responses can be considered correct.
Source: Press office of Emprotur.