Cheap Flights To Florianopolis
This is a city in two parts, the modern areas of Estreito and Coqueiros sit across the river from the historic heart and the chic Beira-Mar Norte district. Ponte Hercílio Luz, the old suspension bridge that joined them, is now traffic-free and is a symbolic part of the city's skyline especially when illuminated at night. This city is highly popular with both Brazilian and international visitors with its numerous sandy beaches, wonderful seafood, vibrant nightlife and wealth of historic attractions. Away from the city centre, there are water sports in abundance and beautiful hiking and cycling trails to enjoy in the national park.
Florianopolis was originally home to the Tupi people with an archaeological presence going back 4,000 years. The Portuguese arrived in the early 16th century and created a port town which they named Ilha dos Patos. Since then the city has seen several name changes before being given its present one in 1893.
Things To Do In Florianopolis
The centre of the city is rich in history and monuments with beautiful colonial-style architecture. Here you'll find the Public Market and the Metropolitan Cathedral or simply stroll around and soak up the atmosphere. You can escape the heat in shady parks, pop into a museum or two and end the day by dining on some freshly caught seafood.
Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa was built in 1740 as part of a string of fortresses defending the city's northern coastline. It occupies a stunning position that delivers excellent views of North Bay while its architecture is rich in different building styles.
There are no less than 42 beaches in Florianopolis. Canasvieiras, Praia Brava and Saquinho are recommended for a lazy day sunbathing while Lagoa da Conceição with its watersports attracts jet setters and thrill seekers from across the globe.
The State Park Of Serra do Tabuleiro, located just south of the city, features a mountain landscape interspersed with rivers and spectacular waterfalls. A special reserve area looks after endangered species such as the tapir and capybara and it is well worth a visit for anyone from nature lovers to aspiring photographers.
Calendar Of Events
It's no secret that Brazil loves to party and Florianopolis is no exception, with a packed programme that kicks off with Carnival in February and carries on with everything from beach parties, tango and oysters to films and music festivals.
Festa do Divino: Following 40 days on from the religious events of Holy Week is Festa do Divino which celebrates the Holy Spirit. This is closely followed by the festivities of Corpus Christi.
International Tango Festival: Whether you love to be on the dance floor or would rather just be entranced by a well-executed tango you'll have plenty of opportunities at this tango festival held at the Centro Integral de Cultural in the month of June.
National Oyster Festival: This event in October is quite unique to the city and celebrates a successful oyster harvest. Indulge in a veritable feast of fresh oysters and other seafood-based dishes.