Florianopolis City Information

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Florianopolis city you will hear often being referred to as Floripa.

Florianopolis is built on the island called 'Ilha de Santa Catarina'; there are only two other capital cities in Brazil built on islands: Sao Luís and Vitoria.

There are approximately 40 beaches on the island of Floripa, so for beach lovers this is very good news, as the island is not large in size and can be explored thoroughly during a 2 week vacation.

The landscape of Florianopolis offers lakes, large sand dunes, and islands along it's coastline.

Surfing is very popular in Floripa and in particular on the beaches of Joaquina which has provided the venue for successive national and international surfing championships.

You will find sophisticated restaurants and hotels in the beach areas of Canasvieiras and Jurere, and more rustic offerings in the beach regions of Ponta dos Naufragados, Solidao, and Campeche.

Along the coast, a series of fortresses built to withstand invasion by the Spanish and Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries are a relic from the colonization of the state. Amongst these are the Fortress of Santa Cruz on the Island of Anhatomirim, the Fortress of Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa between the beaches of Daniela and Jurere, and Santo Antonio, on the Island of Ratones Grande. In Pantano do Sul, which is also on the coast, is the capital's most traditional and authentic fishing village.

Originally colonised by the Portuguese from the Azores, Florianopolis has retained evidence of its rich history. The small village of Santo Antonio de Lisboa is an example of architecture of that period and in Ribeirao da Ilha, the oldest part of the capital, the inhabitants still speak the Azorean dialect which is difficult to understand at first. In Ribeirao da Ilha is the church of Our Lady of Lapa do Ribeirao, built in 1806. Lagoa da Conceiçao, with its many sand dunes, restaurants and seaside night life and where women make lace to sell in the street, has also managed to retain many traces of its colonial architecture.

The centre of Florianopolis, with its alleys, rows of typical houses, churches and museums, has many examples of colonial architecture. Amongst these are the former government palace, nowadays the Cruz e Souza Museum (which took its name from the famous poet from Santa Catarina who formed the symbolist movement) and the Public Market built in 1898 which sells food and local handicrafts under the shade of a one hundred year old fig tree. Close to the centre is the house where Victor Meirelles was born, one of the authors who devised the first mass spoken in Brazil.

Generally speaking, you can divide the island into two sectors: in the north is the most visited side by tourists and because of that, the busiest and with the best infrastructure. The south of the island is more preserved with intense Azorean customs that arrived there from the XVIII century.

The cuisine in this region is based mainly on seafoods - fishes, shrimps, mussels are served in simple restaurants on the beach or in more sophisticated restaurants. Many Brazilian and foreign settlers to the island delivered sophistication and a very cosmopolitan atmosphere to Florianopolis.

The city also offers beach resorts and excellent hotels.

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