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Florianopolis

Summary

Divided into 2 different parts (the most industrial mainland and the beautiful Santa Catarina Island), this city is now the muse of thousands of tourists from different parts of the world. Florianópolis has historical attractions, an active night life and 42 beaches. Some of them are wild, others are prepared for sophisticated international tourism; some have warm and calm waters, others have rough and chilly waters. There the tourist may find the best surfing in Brazil. In the last few years, Santa Catarina state has been the Brazilian headquarter of WCT (World Championship Tour), which means that every year, usually on November, the best surfers in the world may be seen on some of its beaches. The capital of Santa Catarina state has also attractive colonial buildings, 400-year-old forts and baroque churches. With 370.000 inhabitants, Florianópolis is the only capital of a Brazilian state where the population is exceeded by a country city in the same state (Joinville, with 440.000 inhabitants). Florianópolis also produces some of Brazil`s best beer and delicious dishes with local shrimp.

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Your first impression will be of a decidedly German-looking town. Its characteristics can be traced to the mid-1800s when a deal with merchants in Hamburg brought German, Swiss and Norwegian settlers to the area. They established themselves by staking out homesteads in the virgin forest. The land on which Joinville was settled was given by Emperor Dom Pedro I, as dowry to his daughter, when she married the Prince of Joinville, Dom François Ferdinand . During an orientation drive through Joinville, you will note Joinville’s neat, clean streets lined by framework houses. A visit will be made to the National Museum of immigration and Colonization housed in the modest palace that was once the residence of the Prince of Joinville. Surrounded by nicely landscaped grounds, the mansion was built in 1870. In addition to the main building with period furnishing, the complex also features a typical 19th-century framework farmhouse and a barn full of farm equipment. Take a stroll around the pretty grounds, wander through the mansion and visit the farm buildings.

Main residential districts-Visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral to see the wood sculpture called “Escape to the Egypt” (a magnificent work of art from the 17th century) – The Governor’s Palace, which houses the Historic Museum. The building dates from the date 1700s and features a splendid interior. On the upper floor you will see elegant period. furniture, paintings and personal objects of the former owners. – Monument for the dead in the war Brazil and Paraguay – The traditional and centenary old fig tree in the XV de Novembro square –There will visit the Municipal Market, now a fish market, where all trades between villagers and travelers took place during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Next to the market there is the CUSTOMS HOUSE, now is a local handcraft gallery. Hercilio Luz bridge, inaugurated on May 13th,1926.

Departure from the hotel in the downtown or in the beach, to know the North of the Island. There are beautiful beaches and you will find the typical locals – like the Azorian Culture. The most easily accessible shores are on the north part of the Island. Praia dos Ingleses is one of the most popular. The natural beauty of the Island, its beaches and bays are among Brazil’s finest, and make Florianopolis a popular tourist center Most visitors head straight for the island’s 42 beaches, with the best one s found on the north and west coast along with fashionable resorts and some of the best hotel facilities in the country. Next , there will be a visit to the Jurere , Ingleses ,and Canasvieiras beach.

Departure from the hotel in the downtown or in the beach, to know the South of the Island. There are beautiful beaches and you will find the typical locals – like the Azorian Culture. They are the most preserved beaches in the island.Costa Sul Beaches – Natives, they aren’t so beautiful, but they preserve the native fauna and flora. Campeche Beach – It’s located 20 Km from the downtown, with 11,5 Km extension, open sea, it’s a great option to the surf practice. Morro das Pedras Beach – It has a Dangerous and agitated Sea, it’s located 22 Km from the downtown. It offers an enchanted panoramic view of the other beaches in the south of the Island. It has a rocky coast that it’s very beautiful, and it’s very good to fish.Armação Beach – It’s located 25 Km from the downtown, it’s a beautiful and calm beach, in the local, the native fisherman that rents their boats called “Baleeiras”, to do some tours in the Campeche Island. In the Armação Beach you will find typical restaurants. The Matadeiro Beach it’s separated from the Armação Beach by a river, and the access it’s just by feet, it’s very good to the Surf practice. Pantano do Sul Beach – It’s located 31 Km from the downtown, there you will find the most authentic and typical fishermen colonies.Ribeirão da Ilha – It’s the oldest district in the Island, it’s the most typical places in Florianopolis, with the Azorian influence that it’s present in all detail in the local. You will find preserved houses with the typical architecture from the Azores Island. It’s located 36 Km from the downtown, the beaches are calm and there are almost no sand. They use the water to produce oysters, it’s a new alternative to the people that live there and to the Island economy. ( Visit the Nossa Senhora da Lapa Church ).