Tradition and taste are in Redinha.
The combination is perfect: heat to warm the spirit and blue sky framing the ride. The beach Redinha is a tourist destination for those who like tradition, quirks, crafts, smell of salt air and taste of freshly baked fish. On one side, the river Potenji with its mangroves, forming an immense green belt that functions as one of the lungs of the city. Right who stands on the beach, the great Newton Navarro bridge gives the modern urban and the local tone. Backs to the sea, the church of Our Lady of Navigators Bless fishing village that gave rise to one of the oldest neighborhoods of Natal.
Like all the beaches of the coast, sea bathing Redinha relaxes body and mind, but the sand that visitors discover the greatest treasure of the place. In any kiosk or in the pits of the public market, you can enjoy a delicious dish whose origins are lost in time: ginga with tapioca. Most people already know the food of Indian origin, made of fresh gum (or cassava) Manioc. As for the combination with the fishes, considered genuinely RN, is a novelty for tourists.
To whom around a buggy ride through the north coast, the snack is required and goes well with cold beer. The ginga is how the natives call the beach the fish of varied species that escape network, known as "Caíco" on other beaches. They are placed on a skewer, then fried and served with a dip in the largest tapioca taken whim. She is so cute that even melts in your mouth. Everything is made to order and packs the best conversations to the seaside.
The edge of Redinha unique urban beach located on the north side of Natal has gone through a revitalization after the construction of the new bridge. Forming a corridor linking the market, the little church of stone and the Handicraft Market, was created Largo João Alfredo, named after the most popular poet and Carnival Beach, who died in 2004. Like many intellectuals, he also sang verses in the beauty of his beloved beach. "tired, very proud of you, old Redinha lays the drunken body in the bed of Potengi".
The last verse relates to the spectacle provided by the encounter 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 escape the overcrowding typical Saturday and Sunday, when the beach gets the population of northern Natal to enjoy the sun and cold beer. After all, being a beach located in a very populated area, it is only fair that Natal also enjoy their charms.
Public Market turned point
The boxes in the public market that have the front facing the sea act as bars. At the back, located the boxes to selling fish, whose owners are mostly owners of boats, which facilitates the negotiation. The fishing community is one of the traditions that custody Redinha 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). It is also possible to buy shrimp, crab and lobster (the fishing season is from June to December).
The patron saint of fishermen
Our Lady of Navigators is quite celebrated in Redinha, because there are two temples in honor of the saint. The Stone Church is the most famous, because it was built with stones taken from the reefs. It was erected on the initiative of vacationers in 1954 and said it was used whale oil in their walls. Being positioned with their backs to the sea was considered an affront to the fishermen, who preferred to devote his devotion to the image of another chapel.
Residents attend a white chapel, dated 1922, located in the old village center, where it leaves the image of the maritime procession that crosses the river Potengi from Boca da Barra to the Naval Base, in the Farms neighborhood. At the feast that occurs at the beginning of the year, ending the Natal cycle is traditional there are two processions, each with its image. One follows the ground, and the other sails the waters of the river.
The Redinha is divided between Old Redinha in Natal and New Redinha connected to the city of Extremoz. It is the way in Seaside Avenue, which connects the two redinhas, where is the Aquarium Natal, a nice for those who like to go in depth knowledge of the marine fauna place. The aquarium has about 60 species of animals, such as sharks, moray eels, reef fish, seahorses, plus alligators, penguins, arapaima, among others. The visitors, accompanied by monitors, may even touch sharks.
Access by a beautiful bridge
The South Side or downtown Natal, the best way is to Strong-Bridge Redinha Newton Navarro. For two very compelling reasons: first the speed (distance of only six miles from downtown) and second by the beauty of the path. The contrasting between urban and bucolic landscapes are eye popping.
The other way to get to Redinha is through Igapó Bridge, following the avenue John Medeiros Filho, known as Redinha Road. In this case, there are two drawbacks: the constant traffic jams, because this is the most traditional link between the west and east sides of Natal with the northern zone, and the distance (about 20 miles from downtown).
Newton Navarro, a fair tribute
Owner of a perfect, subtle and delicate stroke. Navarro Newton (1928-1992) left a rich legacy on the northeastern cultural events. In large offices, and offices in traditional schools, he rests in peace, enriching the walls. For all that entailed for Natal culture, call the Fort-Redinha bridge with the name of the artist best known RN really is a fitting tribute.
Navarro was born in Natal and was more than a painter and draftsman: he composed verses, contributed to several publications in Natal and other Brazilian cities, and has published some books. Was assiduous Pier Tavares Lira in Ribeira, where it was said to know, besides the boatmen, even stray dogs as Aparecida bitch, quoted in his book River's Edge (1970).
The origin of the name
Fishing village, fishing nets: is natural that everyone thinks the name of the beach is due to fishing activity and the habit of extending networks along the beach. Really this explanation has foundations, however, according Cascudo wrote the celebrated historian Natal, the settlement would have been baptized by Portuguese settlers, 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.