The trendy summer capital of Rio Grande do Norte
The effervescence of Natal has summer right address
In Pirangi, just 20 km from Natal. The drive begins in December, with the school holidays, and ends just after Carnival, when the blocks take over the streets and avenues.
Pirangi is one of potiguares destinations that have guaranteed flow of tourists all year round, due to the proximity to the capital and the fact that it has some major attractions such as the largest cashew tree in the world.
However, the population multiplies really is in the summer, when it is common for people to "change" to the North Pirangi beaches and South. It is estimated that at this time the flow of visitors turn around 170,000 people.
During the day, the beaches serve as true amusement parks. Sunbathers have several options open seas, with regular waves, reefs composing natural piscininhas and plenty of space to play racquetball, volleyball, foot volleyball and football.
At sea, the practice of kite-surfing is the greatest feeling, because the winds are favorable to sailors. And for those who like to enjoy what nature has more impressive, the tip is to look for a lookout for dolphin.
At night, the hype runs rampant in Pirangi beach during the summer. Many years ago, the ax music and the dance make up the soundtrack. Some bars, snack bars and bistros of Natal assemble temporary branches to operate in high season.
There are several meeting points of a cheerful and beautiful moçada, always willing to dance until the last song in the Circus of Folia, the feeling of summer Pirangi, with concerts by national artists.
Cashew giant figure in the Guinness Book
The fame of this tree runs the planet. Equipped with a genetic abnormality, the Pirangi Cashew figure in the Guinness Book as the world's largest. Located in North Pirangi beach, the tree is over 100 years and covers an area of 8.400m², with a perimeter of approximately 500m.
The tree was planted in 1888 by a fisherman named Luiz Inacio de Oliveira. He died at the age of 93, under the cashew tree shadows. The tree growth is explained by the combination of two genetic defects.
First, instead of growing up, the branches of the tree grow sideways; with time, because of its own weight, twigs tend to bend down to reach the ground.
There are, then, the second anomaly: to touch the ground, the branches begin to take root, and then begin to grow again, as they had been roots of another tree. Repeating this process gives the impression that there are several cashew trees, but in reality it is a single tree.
Or rather, there are in fact two cashew trees in the park. The largest, suffering from mentioned anomaly, covers approximately 95% of the park area; but, by his side, there is also another cashew, planted a few years before, that does not suffer the anomaly.
During the period of the crop, cashew trees produce about eighty thousand fruit and cashews are picked by visitors. Hotel charges entry fee of $ 2 and resources are used for investments in local infrastructure.
The visit is conducted by guides who explain the tree characteristics (there are guides who speak English and Spanish). Inside the park, there is a gazebo with about six feet tall, from where you have a view of the tree canopy and the nearby beaches. Outside the park, there are several kiosks selling water, snacks and souvenirs.
The cuisine is one of the many attractions of Pirangi. The regional dishes ranging from the flavors of seafood, the country chicken and corned beef. Many famous people have passed through the region and several television programs to Brazil revealed the richness of the local cuisine.
There are several excellent restaurants, which are entitled to Pirangi tradition. Paçoca drumstick, Shrimp Marina, The Amarelinho, Mining House Bar and Restaurant, Warehouse Bar, Beauty Bar and Pizzeria Paulista, among others, are the busiest. But the beach huts are also great choices during the day.
The most renowned are the Banga Shack, Edilson and Gonzaga. All have in common the fact serve tapiocas of various flavors, pastries and seafood in different versions. Taking advantage of the informal atmosphere, it's cool also ordered a crab. The adventure is completed with the hammer estalinho breaking the crustacean, to enjoy all their flavor.
North and South Pirangi Pirangi are separated by the river Pirangi, where there is the river meets the sea, making a beautiful setting. Each beach is connected to a municipality in the region: Melbourn (North Pirangi) and Nísia Forest (South Pirangi).
Fonte: Assessoria de Imprensa da EMPROTUR