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Florianopolis

Bathed by forty two beaches, Florianópolis is a wonderful sight for the visitor. Situated on the Island of Santa Catarina, the capital of the state of Santa Catarina has a landscape sprinkled with lakes, sand dunes and small islands all along the coast. The inviting waves on beaches such as Joaquina have encouraged successive national and international surfing championships to be held here. Beaches such as Canasvieiras and Jurerê with hotels and sophisticated restaurants, compete with the rustic charm of beaches such as Campeche, Ponta dos Naufragados and Solidão.

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The City

Bathed by forty two beaches, Florianópolis is a wonderful sight for the visitor. Situated on the Island of Santa Catarina, the capital of the state of Santa Catarina has a landscape sprinkled with lakes, sand dunes and small islands all along the coast. The inviting waves on beaches such as Joaquina have encouraged successive national and international surfing championships to be held here. Beaches such as Canasvieiras and Jurerê with hotels and sophisticated restaurants, compete with the rustic charm of beaches such as Campeche, Ponta dos Naufragados and Solidão.

Along the coast, a series of fortresses built to withstand invasion by the Spanish and Dutch during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are a relic from the colonization of the state. Amongst them are the Fortress of Santa Cruz on the Island of Anhatomirim, the Fortress of São José da Ponta Grossa between the beaches of Daniela and Jurerê, registered as Historical Heritage, and Santo Antônio, on the Island of Ratones Grande. In Pântano do Sul, also on the coast, is the capital's most authentic fishing village.

The centre of Florianópolis, with its alleys, rows of typical houses, churches and museums, 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 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. The building is registered by the Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage and houses the Victor Meirelles Museum.

Night Life

Bathed by forty two beaches, Florianópolis is a wonderful sight for the visitor. Situated on the Island of Santa Catarina, the capital of the state of Santa Catarina has a landscape sprinkled with lakes, sand dunes and small islands all along the coast. The inviting waves on beaches such as Joaquina have encouraged successive national and international surfing championships to be held here. Beaches such as Canasvieiras and Jurerê with hotels and sophisticated restaurants, compete with the rustic charm of beaches such as Campeche, Ponta dos Naufragados and Solidão.

Along the coast, a series of fortresses built to withstand invasion by the Spanish and Dutch during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are a relic from the colonization of the state. Amongst them are the Fortress of Santa Cruz on the Island of Anhatomirim, the Fortress of São José da Ponta Grossa between the beaches of Daniela and Jurerê, registered as Historical Heritage, and Santo Antônio, on the Island of Ratones Grande. In Pântano do Sul, also on the coast, is the capital's most authentic fishing village.

The centre of Florianópolis, with its alleys, rows of typical houses, churches and museums, 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 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. The building is registered by the Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage and houses the Victor Meirelles Museum.

history

Originally colonized by the Portuguese of the Azores, Florianópolis retains many traces of its early years. The small village of Santo Antônio de Lisboa is an example of architecture of that period and in Ribeirão da Ilha, the oldest part of the capital, the inhabitants still speak the Azorean dialect which is difficult to understand at first. In Ribeirão da Ilha is the church of Our Lady of Lapa do Ribeirão, built in 1806. Lagoa da Conceição, 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.

Restaurants

BBQ
Churrasco ao Vivo XX $$ Av. Me. Maria Vilac (Canasvieiras); tel. 266 1979; cc: Ae, D, V, Mc; 19h30/24h; sat/sun 12h/15h3019h30/24h; 12h/24h jan/mar).


Chinese
Miyoshi X $ SC 401 p/ Canasvieiras, km 3,5 (Saco Grande II); tel. 238 6666; cc: all; 11h30/14h30, 19h/24h.


Fish
@ Gugu, X$ R. Antonio Dias Carneiro, 147 (Sambaqui); tel. 335 0288; air; cc: D, Mc, V; 11h30/14h30, 18h/23h; mon19h/23h.

Chef Fedoca, XX $$ Lagoa da Conceição (Marina Ponta da Areia); tel. 232 0759; cc: Ae, V; 11h30/15h, 19h30/24h; sun 11h30/18h; closes mon.

Restinga Recanto, X $$ (beira mar) Rod. Gilson da Costa Xavier, 2759; tel. 235 2093; 11h/24h; tue 17h/24h; closes mon.

Peixe na Brasa, X $$ Tr. Harmonia, 50 (Centro) tel. 223 1851; air; cc: D, Mc, V; 12h/15h, 19h/24h; closes sun.

Toca da Garoupa, XX $$$ R. Alves de Brito, 178 (Centro); tel. 223 1220; air; 12h/15h,19h/24h.

Rancho Açoriano, X $$ (beira mar) Rod. Baldicero Filomeno, 5654 (Ribeirao da Ilha); tel. 337 0848; 11h/23h.

Ponta das Caranhas, X $$ (lagoa) Rod. Jornalista Manoel de Menezes, 2377 (Barra da Lagoa); tel. 232-3076; 11h/24h; closes mon.

Bar do Fedoca X$ (beira mar) Pça. Praia do Meio (Coqueiros) (Continente); tel. 249 0402; 18h/2h; closes sun.

Vieira, X $ R. Hermes Guedes da Fonseca, 553 (Armação);tel. 237 5029; 11h/16h. Closes Tue. Call first.

Lagoa Azul, X $ (lago) R. Geral do Canto da Lagoa, 177 (Costa da Lagoa) (access Estr. Geral do Rio Vermelho); tel. 9982 4820; 10h/17h.


Italian

@ La Pergoletta XX $$ - Tr. Carreirao, 62 (Centro); tel. 224 6353; cc: D, Mc, V; 19h/23h30; sun 12h/15h30, 19h/23h30; closes mon

@ Lo Stivale, XXX $$$ Av. Luis Boiteux Piazza, 4838, (Ponta das Canas); tel. 284 2079; cc: V; 12h00/16h00, 19h00/Oh30; sun 12h/17h00; closes mon and thu from apr til nov.

Mar Massas, XX $$ view point Rua Laurindo Januario da Silveira, 3843 (Morro do Badejo); tel. 232 6109; 18h/23h30; sat/sun 12h/16h, 19h/24h; closes mon and thu (apr till nov).

Villa Maggioni XX $$$ R. da Amizade, 273 (Canto da Lagos); tel. 232 6859; cc: D Mc V; 19h30/lh; sun 12h/18h; closes mon/tue.

Hosteria Italiana, XX $$$ R. Bocaiuva, 1925 (Centro); tel. 223 1572; air; cc: D, Mc, V; 19h/23h30; sat 11h30/l5h,19h/24h;sun 11h30/17h;closes mon.

Macarronada Italiana, XX $$ Av Rubens de Arruda Ramos, 2458; tel. 223 2666; ar; cc: all; 11h/1h.


Japonesa
Sushimasa, X$$ Tr. Harmonic, 2 (Centro); tel. 224-5124; cc: V; 19h/24h; closes sun.

Sushi Yama, XX$$ R. Laurindo Januario da Silveira, 295-1233 (Canto da Lagoa); tel. 232 8612; cc: all;19h/23h30;sat/sun 12h/15h,19h/23h30.


Pizza
Basílica, XX$$ R. Laurindo Januario da Silveira, 647 (Canto da Lagoa); tel. 232 1129; 19h/24h.


Others
Bistro d'Acampora XXX $$$$ SC401 p/ Canasvieiras, km 10 (Santo Antonio de Lisboa); tel 235-1073; cc: D Mc; 20/24h closed on tue. Reserve.
Residence transformed into restaurant and art gallery.

Bistro Le Bon Vivant, XXX $$$ SC 403 (Estr. Geral dos Ingleses), km 1 (Vargem Grande); tel. 269-5256; air; cc: D Mc V; 20h/24h; closes mon.

Um Lugar, XXX $$ R. Manuel Severino de Oliveira, 371 (Lagoa da Conceicao); tel. 232 2451; cc: all; 20h/24h; sun 11h30/17h; closes mon.

Joao de Barro, XX $$ (viewpoint) Rod. Haroldo Soares Glavan, 1166 (Cacupe); tel. 335 6003; cc: D V Mc; 19h30/24h; sat 12h/15h30, 19h30/24h; sun 12h/15h30.

Pirao da Ilha, XX $$ Av. Rubens de Arruda Ramos 3806 (Beira Mar Norte); tel. 228 7354; cc: all; 11h30/15h,18h/24h; mon18h/24h;sun 11h30/15h30

general info


TELEPHONE AREA CODE:
048

CLIMATE
Mean Annual Temperature (capital) 20ºC

CLOTHING:
Consider that the south of Brazil has temperatures like Europe. During summer (Nov-Mar)clothes should be light and comfortable. Beach Gear is a must, considering that Florianopolis is an island with 42 beaches. Be sure to take a warm sweater and thick cloths during winter time (May-Sep).

ELECTRICITY: 110v

AIRPORT: AEROPORTO INTERNACIONAL HERCÍLIO LUZ
Av. Diomício Freitas, 3393
Bairro Carianos
Distance from downtown: 13km
Tel: (48) 331.4000

BUSINESS HOURS:
09:00-18:00, Banks from 10:00-16:00
Shops are opened until 19:00, Main Shopping Centres are opened from 10:00 to 22:00 and some on Sunday too.

TAXIS:
The city has both normal and radio taxi services. Check with hotel reception for the best option from your area.

MEDICAL:
Check with your hotel for information on the nearest clinic.

how to get there


The airport is 12km south of the city an is served by taxis, which cost you about 10 $. The bus marked "Aeroporto" take you to Praca XV de Novembro where you find a tourist information kiosk with very good free maps of the island and the city.

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