Brazil Destinations, Florianópolis

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Florianópolis is a city that impresses in every way, bringing together in a small space of 675,409 km2
different landscapes and an endless list of attractions.
Among the capital cities, only Rio de Janeiro rivals Florianopolis when it comes to diversity of natural
beauty, which involves mountains, rainforest, bays, coves, beaches, lakes, dunes, mangroves and salt
The first settlers to settle on the island of Santa Catarina were deserters from some maritime
expeditions. However, the actual city’s founding was only occur in 1675. It was this year that arrived on
the island the pioneer Francisco Dias Velho, which in addition to boost the appearance of the city, just
having a tragic end, worthy of an adventure movie. With Old Days came his wife, five children, other
family aggregate, the Company’s two priests of Jesus and another 500 domesticated Indians.
The pioneer, born in Santos (SP), is described by some historians as a ruthless hunter of Indians, but
the most tangible of his personality trait was the pioneer of courage in a land coveted by pirates of
various nationalities. The founder already had information about the existence of a small trade in the
place where it would be installed the city and the peaceful spirit of the natives. The first step was to
build a small church where today is Florianopolis Cathedral, with the Santa Catarina protection. Next was
chosen the best region to the village, starting the construction of houses and starting up the planting of
new crops.
With approximately 453,281 inhabitants, the city begins in the continental region and extends the
immense island of Santa Catarina, which is about 60 km long north-south direction.
Understand the geography of Florianopolis is a challenge to the eyes and understanding of visitors. Not
only for its unusual urban setting of city divided between the mainland and the island of Santa Catarina,
but mainly by the diversity of landscapes that span its 433 km2.
The insular part is characterized by an irregular relief and a very jagged coast with its 42 beaches, the
city became internationally known. The peculiar human profile of the population, combined with the
natural resources as ponds, swamps, hills, dunes and small islands complete the picture that makes
Florianopolis a fascinating place.
Floripa has elongated shape, with a well-trimmed 172 km of coastline bordering the 54 km long and 18 km
wide. The city sum 433 square kilometers divided between island and mainland.
In Florianópolis, there are two types of vegetation: the Atlantic Forest and Coastal vegetation. The two
were depleted and exploited, leaving some of his original training.
Officially, there are 42 beaches that make up the ragged outline of Florianópolis. And, being an island,
you have to Florianopolis beaches also has basins. But most of them are tiny, with only counted six as
major. On the western portion of the island, are the Ratones bowls, Big Bag, Itacorubi and Rio Tavares.
All these have a mangrove swamp at its mouth, which is because, as the falling waters in a bay and
therefore has no waves. One of the most famous beaches is Praia Mole, noted for its rolling green hills
and rock formations on either side. Barra da Lagoa This is the world famous “Bunny Slope” of Surfing.
Ingleses Beach (Praia dos Ingleses) Even though it is a beach preferred bytourists, Ingleses still keeps
to the traditions of the Azorian colonizers. In thesummer, it is one of the top beach destinations of
Argentine tourists, second only to Canasvieras. In the winter, mullet fishing, religious celebrations and
regional festivities are beautiful demonstrations of the local culture. Armação Beach (Praia da Armação)
The Sant’Anna Church, built by the Armação fishing company, is part of the beach’s history. Joaquina
Beach (Praia da Joaquina) Won fame as of the 1970s, when surfers from around the world discovered its
waves. Santinho Beach (Praia do Santinho) is mainly sought by tourists who look for nature, the
location’s paradisaical beauty and tranquillity. Surfers are the main visitors and consider Santinho to be
the best beach in the North of the Santa Catarina Island. The centre of Florianópolis, with its alleys,
rows of typical houses, churches andmuseums, contains 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 localhandicrafts under the shade of a one-hundred-year-old fig tree.
The economy of Florianópolis is geared towards the public, trade and services, with a primary focus on
tourism. The industry is not strong on environmental issues, making this sector is desenvola in the cities
of the macro-region of Florianopolis. Nevertheless, the capital stands out when it comes to technology.
Nearly 300 leading companies form the technological park of the city, providing technology to the
international market. The turnover of this sector reached R$ 500 million a year.