• Iara Rafaela Gomes Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza (CE)


The logic of the urbanization of coastal areas can be associated with maritime vacationing, whose growth rates in the last decade have been intense and have become fundamental in implementing the leisure practices of the populations of large and medium-sized conurbations. To understand this dynamic, we analyze the expansion of this practice in the coastal area of Tibau, a small city that is part of the area of influence of Mossoró, the second most important and populous city of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Understanding Mossoró’s influence on the expansion of maritime vacationing in Tibau shows how the coastal space is reached by the city’s urban fabric and, above all, how the non-metropolitan cities redefine a logic that, at first, was controlled by the metropolises. In this sense, we treat the growing demand for recreational areas, particularly coastal ones, as responsible for redefining urbanization and the consequent establishment of a more complex urban network.    

Author Biography

Iara Rafaela Gomes, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza (CE)

Professora Adjunta do Departamento de Geografia da UniversidadeFederal do Ceará - UFC 

Doutora pelo Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geografia da UFC

Integrante do Laboratório de Planejamento Urbano e Regional - UFC

Integrante do Laboratório de Estudos Agrários da UECE

How to Cite
GOMES, Iara Rafaela. MARITIME VILEGIATURE AS VECTOR OF BRAZILIAN URBANIZATION. Mercator, Fortaleza, v. 16, nov. 2016. ISSN 1984-2201. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 14 june 2024. doi:


Segunda residência; Urbanização litorânea; Mossoró; Tibau; Práticas marítimas modernas; Second residence; Coastal urbanization; Mossoró; Tibau; Modern maritime practices; Segunda residencia; Urbanización costera; Mossoro; Tibau; Prácticas marítimas modern