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A "perfect" wind for kitesurfing seduces foreigners to live in Brazil

A "perfect" wind to practice kitesurfing and windsurfing, next to a landscape with paradisiacal beaches, has attracted a large number of foreigners to settle in recent years. definitely in Sao Miguel do Gostoso, a small and isolated municipality of the Brazilian coast.

Sao Miguel do Gostoso (Brazil), Nov 25 (EFE) .- A "perfect" wind to practice kitesurfing and windsurfing, together with a landscape with paradisiacal beaches, have attracted a great number of foreigners to settle permanently in Sao Miguel do Gostoso, a small and isolated municipality of the Brazilian coast.

Located in the northeastern end of the country, at 102 kilometers from Natal, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, the small city of 10,000 inhabitants has seen the presence of foreigners in the last decade discovered the benefits of its beaches and winds for sailing sports in the open sea.

In the young city, which in July 2018 will turn 25 years after its separation in 1993 from the municipality of Touros, there are about 200 foreigners, mostly Italians, and it receives a large number of foreign tourists, mainly from Europe, many of whom are seduced to settle in this place.

The Mayor of Sao Miguel do Gostoso told Efe that foreigners represent 30% of the local economy and that of the total of tourists that the municipality receives per year, 70% are foreign.

According to Janielle Linhares, municipal secretary of tourism, foreign investments boost the economy of the city, "but the workforce is local. foreign visitors, 12% more than in 2015 and that left for the local economy 80 million reais (about 26.6 million dollars), a figure higher by 10% in the same comparison.

Whether it's surfing practiced with paragliding (kitesurfing) or sailing (windsurfing), sports that require a "perfect wind", a climatic condition promoted by one's own city, or because of the tourism potential offered to invest, foreigners are increasingly common in the neighborhood.

The Italian Paolo Migliorini, who has been living in Sao Francisco for 16 years Miguel do Gostoso, discovered the city when he was looking for a place that offered temperature and wind conditions similar to Jericoacoara, in the neighboring state of Ceará and famous for practices sports to the open sea, to open a windsurf school.

"The weather, the wind and even the food and fruits here made me decide to live here," the instructor told Efe. kitesurfing and windsurfing, who shares their knowledge of these sports with other foreigners who visit the city and with the inhabitants of the communities themselves local.

Also practicing kitesurfing, the Portuguese Nuno Gonçalo, head chef in Lisbon, wanted to live in a Brazilian place with a beach and decided to settle for eleven years in Sao Miguel do Gostoso, where he opened an inn, in which the Lusitanian menu could not be absent.

"I was always passionate about sea sports, I already surfed in Portugal and much more. I knew that here was a super good place for kiteboarding because someone had told me about here. Gonçalo said.

In the case of the Frenchman José Pires, who for the last ten years visited the city as a tourist and settled from the last six, it was the "natural beauties" and the "beaches" that motivated him to seek to associate with other foreigners and set up a restaurant, which gave rise to a small gastronomic network.

"Brazil is one of the few countries in the world where you do not need a lot of money to open a business. an informality that sometimes is even good, knows how to take care of herself, "said Pires.

Another similar story is that of the Senegalese Fátima Ndoye and her Italian husband, who for five years opened an inn after betting on the tranquility offered by Sao Miguel do Gostoso.

"Most of the investors that I know are people who came here looking for a peace, a tranquility, because it really is very calm here, "Ndoye said.

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