Rio Grande do Norte is one of the states of Brazil. #19 on map.
Rio Grande do Norte (lit. "Great Northern River", in reference to the mouth of the Potengi River) is one of the states of Brazil, located in the NE region of the country. Because of its geographic position, Rio Grande do Norte has a strategic importance.
The capital and largest city is Natal.
Its 410 km (254 mi) of sand, much sun, coconut palms and lagoons are responsible for the fame of beaches. Rocas Atoll, the only such feature in the Atlantic Ocean, is part of the state. The main economic activity is tourism, followed by the extraction of petroleum (the second largest producer in the country), agriculture, fruit growing and extraction of minerals, including considerable production of sea salt, among other economic activities.
The state is famous for having many popular attractions such as the famous beaches of Ponta Negra, Maracajaú and Pipa's paradise, the Carnatal the largest off-season carnival in Brazil, the Forte dos Reis Magos is a medieval fortress, the hills and mountains of Martins, the Dunas Park the second largest urban park in the country, and several other attractions.
The state is also closest to the archipelago of
Fernando de Noronha
Natal , Mossoró
Official state website: www.rn.gov.br (Portuguese)