Brazil Destinations, Joinville

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Joinville is a municipality located in the northeastern state of Santa Catarina. With an area of ​​1125.70
square kilometers, has a population of 554.000 inhabitants in 2014 (IBGE estimates), which sets the
most populous city in the state, ahead of the capital, Florianopolis.
The city has a high human development index (0.809) among the municipalities, occupying the 21st
national position and the fourth between the municipalities of Santa Catarina. Joinville boasts the
titles of “Catarinense Manchester”, “City of Flowers”, “City of Princes”, “City of Bicycles” and “Dance
City”. It is also known for hosting the Festival of Joinville Dance, the School of the Bolshoi Theater in
Brazil and Joinville Esporte Clube.
Joinville is crossed by several highways and railway line which also contributed to making the city the
3rd largest industrial center in southern Brazil. The industrial activity continues with great relevance,
laboring in its industrial belt, large conglomerates of the metal­mechanic sector, chemical, plastics,
textile and software development, making it a major pole of technology.
Settled by German, Swiss and Norwegian people, Joinville preserves fondly its origins in the
architecture, culture, local cuisine and vocation for work and development. Santa Catarina’s largest
city and industrial center, is also a major tourist destination, offering options ranging from trips to
points of historical interest such as the National Museum of Immigration. Some of the biggest cultural
events in the country, like the Festival of dance of Joinville. Dance, incidentally, is a Joinville icon.
The city is proud to host the only branch of the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow. With excellent hotel
infrastructure, trade and services, Joinville is a reference in event tourism, also highlighting in
activities related to nature and rural life, which you can check on trips to Serra Dona Francisca, the
Bonita Road and regions of Pirai and Valley Quiriri. Joinville has both natural and cultural tourism like:
Zoo and Botanical Park: located in Morro do Boa Vista, the park is full of typical fauna and flora, as
well as having a lake, a playground for children and picnic kiosks;
• Caieira Park: located in the south of the city. It’s a piece of the Atlantic Forest, with walking trails and
a lookout to admire the Babitonga Bay, which borders the tourist spot.
• Ecological Park Morro do Finder located in Bom Retiro, the Finder Hill Park offers numerous hiking
trails and a major focus on the practice of mountain bike. At the end of this path, there is a gazebo,
where you can see the city of São Francisco do Sul;
• Gazebo: located on top of Morro do Boa Vista, a few kilometers after the Zoobotânico, the gazebo,
with height 250m, is one of the main attractions of the city. To climb it, you can enjoy the magnificent
view of the entire city, including the Babitonga Bay. It is currently under renovation, no plans to get
ready;
• Vigorelli Beach;
• Rio Bonito Road: located at km 22 of the BR­101 in the Rural Area. A beautiful road full of natural
elements with architecture and German delicacies. On the way there are streets that lead to
restaurants, residences and fishing spots. Just down the road there is a typical German restaurant,
offering dishes such as stuffed duck, with paid parking; Rio Bonito is good for baths, trails, open
space under the trees to rest, soccer field. There is another road that ends at a hotel with swimming
pools (natural and artificial) and boules pitch;
• Sambaqui Archaeological Museum of Joinville: located on Avenida Beira­Rio, downtown, features
fossils and tells the story of Sambaquianos who inhabited the region;
• Rua das Palmeiras: is located in the city center. The seedlings were brought from Rio de Janeiro in
1873 and planted in front of the current National Immigration Museum. It is a postcard of the city due
to the height of the trees, that impress locals and tourists. Besides the palm trees, the street has
flowers and benches for resting.
• National Museum of Immigration and Colonization of Joinville was called Maison de Joinville, built in
1870 to house the administration of the Colony Dona Francisca and turned museum in 1957. There
the visitor can see the objects that were used by immigrants, and enjoy the beauty of the garden and
see in front of the beautiful Rua das Palmeiras;
• Joinville Art Museum: former home of residence Ottokar Doërffell, completed in 1864, also known as
Little Castle (Schloesschen);
• House Fritz Alt Museum: the former residence of artist Fritz Alt;
• Museum of Bikes: one of its kind in Latin America;
• Art Gallery Victor Kursancew;
• Casa da Memoria;
• Half­timbered houses: typically German houses, found in the center and also in the countryside,
showing how European immigrants lived in the period of the colony.
• Estacao da Memoria: located in the Anita Garibaldi neighborhood, next to the Shopping Joinville
(former US). From 1906 to 1996 it worked as a railway station linking to neighboring towns Joinville
(Guaramirim, Araquari and San Franscisco South). In 2008 it was reopened after a long restoration,
as railway museum. The place has a playground for children, a bicycle path and space for sports. It is
one of the city postcards;
• Expoville: a good place for leisure, located at the main entrance of the city, near the Portico XV de
Novembro and the mill. It has lake; shopping center where you can buy typical souvenirs of the city;
Expocentre ; playground;
The Airport Joinville ­ Cubatao is located 13 km from the city center, 75 km from Navegantes Airport,
110 km from Curitiba Airport and 163 km from Florianopolis Airport.
In 2012, the Joinville Airport recorded a moving passage 484.742 people.

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