Florianopolis is divided in two parts: one is in the Island of Santa Catarina, the other in on mainland. The beautiful Hercilio Luz Bridge, one of the main city’s postcards, connects them.
The strong influence of Portuguese and Azorean settlers can be seen in architecture, culinary and in the cultural and religious manifestations of Floripa (the affectionate nickname of the city).
Santa Catarina State capital is today an important city in Brazil, and according to data from 2013, it has the third highest human development index (HDI) among all the Brazilian cities.
About 45% of the city is an environmental protection area, and there are more than 100 beaches surrounded by mountains covered by Atlantic Forest vegetation.
Tourism is the main economic activity of the region, which also has an important technological center, it is as well the Brazilian biggest oyster producer.
Among the main historical attractions are the São José da Ponta Grossa Fortress, next to the Jurere beach, the Alfandega Building (1875), the November 15th Square, the Casa de Victor Meirelles Museum, one of the most famous buildings in town, and the famous Public Market, were you can find everything.
The Conceicao Lake, stretched along more than 15 km, is one of the most traditional places of the city, popular for the nautical sports and for the shrimp courses (various shrimp plates served one after another).
Jurere International’s neighborhood, with its luxurious mansions and sophisticated restaurants, attracts lots of young people, for it has one of the country’s most vibrant nightlife.
Floripa is a well-known surf spot in Brazil and hosts national and international competitions. The most wanted beaches for surfing are Joaquina and Praia Mole, synonyms of surfing, beautiful people and partying, besides Campeche and Brava beaches. Sailing, kite surfing, free flying and sea fishing are also activities practiced in the city.
Florianopolis' Hercílio Luz International Airport, receives flights from Buenos Aires and from many cities of Brazil.
Floripa Bus Terminal is located in the center of the city, and is served by 20 bus companies, featuring more than 500 destinations in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.
You can explore the island at the tourist bus that stop at many places of the city. Check also the buses itineraries of the city.
One great way to get around the center of Florianopolis is by bicycle. Check some rental bike places.
If you prefer, you can go around by taxi. Check the companies that render this service in the city.
The area code (DDD) for Florianópolis is 48.