General Information

Located in the salt reserve micro-region, 180 km from the State capitol, it is the major producer of salt in Brazil and one of the largest in the world, with a high quality of pureness. The monumental pyramids of marine salt forms a beautiful and unforgettable scene that enchants tourists and inspires poets. From the ‘macauense’ soil sprouts petroleum in the maritime and land basins, making the salt region a pole of investments. Macau has calm, clean beaches, thus forming a natural paradise like complex for the practice of bathing and nautical sports. For gastronomical lovers, Macau has a rich and eclectic marine culinary with a base of shrimp, lobster, sururu, oysters, mussels, crabs, buzios, soft shell crabs and fish for all tastes that make up a delicious and unforgettable menu. The tourist will be able to find in his destination fishing colonies, where they can have direct contact with the natives, their traditions and customs. The municipality has the largest carnival of Rio Grande do Norte, besides two great feasts on the religious calendar: the Feast of Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes in August an the Nossa Senhora da Conceição, at the end of November and December. There is also the Salt Festival and the Reencontro, commemorated from September 1st to 9th together with the political emancipation of Macau.

How to get there

Distance from Natal: 180 km. Leave Natal on BR-406. Around 2 hours and 13 minutes from the capitol.

Special attractions and points of interest

  • Beaches,
  • Ponta do Tubarão (environmentally protected area),
  • Dunes,
  • Parque salineiro,
  • Marshes,
  • Trips by boat, buggy and jangada,
  • Banana-boat,
  • Ecological walks,
  • Marine museum,
  • Historical monuments,
  • Handicraft (colored sand, seashells and wood),sport fishing.

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