Theme park plans for Brazilian city

10th Apr 2013

Marinas and a theme park could be built in Natal in Brazil under plans to upgrade the city's tourist infrastructure.

Renato Fernandes, who is the Secretary of State for Tourism in Rio Grande do Norte, wants to add the attractions to the area which is famous for its sun and sea.

Natal forms part of the region of South America which is closest to Europe, with a flight to Lisbon in Portugal taking seven hours.

The area has a 400km stretch of coastline, sea temperatures reaching 26C all year, and only 400 to 600mm of rain every 12 months, meaning it is favoured by tourists.

With the FIFA World Cup 2014 being held in Rio, the minister hopes the plans will make Natal even more of a hotspot.

In a recent interview, Fernandes said 98 hectares of Natal's historical centre would be restored to turn it in to an open air cultural attraction for people to walk around.

The minister also said a marina would be constructed to attract lucrative nautical visitors.

Sao Miguel do Gostoso, a small beach town which hosts windsurfing and kitesurfing championships, aims to be recognised globally for its water sports.

Samantha Gore, sales manager for local estate agent, said: "Sao Miguel do Gostoso has the perfect formula for water sports with year-round wind and warm water temperatures, whilst being safe and quiet for families."

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