Florianopolis, the capital city of Santa Catarina in Brazil, features excellent modern infrastructure, amazing island beaches, and little fishing villages, making it the ideal destination for visitors to spend their vacation. The Ponte Hercilio Luz, a long suspension bridge, along with the Colombo Sales Bridge links Santa Catarina Island with the mainland. With all the 42 beaches of the island conveniently accessible, Florianopolis is a major transportation center.
Since much of the attraction of this city is its coastline and island setting, you can engage yourself in water sports like kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and scuba diving available at the nearby village Barra da Lagoa and at the beaches of Mole, Mocambique, and Joaquina. Lagoa da Conceicao, located at the heart of Santa Catarina offers water skiing and sailing, together with other recreational activities.
Learn about the history and culture of Florianopolis by visiting the Catedral Metropolitana, the 17th century chapel, located at Praca XV de Novembro. Another religious landmark in the city boasting some amazing cityscape panoramas is the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario. Enjoy the architecture of the iconic fortresses like Forte de Santana, Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, and many more that punctuate the coastline.
Take a visit to the museums, gather information about the history and evolution of the inhabitants, and view plenty of old artifacts. See the archaeological treasures at the Museu de Antropologia, Museu Historico de Santa Catarina, and Museu do Homem do Sambaqui.
If you want to enjoy the best coffee in Florianopolis, then head to Café Cultura, which serves healthy breakfasts, Paninis, salads, and waffles in a renovated neocolonial building. You can gorge on seafood at Box 32, which is frequented by the local celebrities. Relish home-cooked, hearty Brazilian food at Casa de Coimbra that greets you with rustic interiors and warm friendly atmosphere.
If you want to purchase travel souvenirs, you should head to Casa da Alfandega, a nineteenth century house located at Mercado Municipal. Shopping centers and malls in Florianopolis like Shopping Iguatemi, El Supermercado Angeloni, and Centro Commercial Beiramar feature high-end boutiques and shops that offer clothes, shoes, home furnishings, and handicrafts.
In all, Florianopolis with its splendid scenery, wonderful weather, and warm hospitality, is truly a magical city to visit.