What to do in Florianopolis
Florianopolis is a major touristic destination for Brazilians and
foreigners alike. The main attraction is undoubtedly the natural
beauty of the island of Santa Catarina, where most of the city of
Florianopolis is located. The island offers a rare combination of
white sandy beaches, tropical forests, mountains and lakes.
- From the hotel to the famous Jurere beach it is just a couple of
steps! In case you want to see some of the other 40+ beaches on the
island I recommend:
BEACH INFO] (in portuguese).
- There are some very nice walks throughout the island ranging
from hour long leisure walks to strenuous full day expeditions! For more
information see [GUIA DE
TRILHAS] (in portuguese).
- The oldest records of human presence on the island of
Santa Catarina date back to over 4000 years ago. These early
inhabitants left a wealth of drawings and other markings, prompting
some to claim that Florianopolis should be considered the Easter
Island of the southern Atlantic. While this is certainly an
exaggeration one can see lots of interesting petroglyphs at Praia do
Santinho and the nearby Ilha do Campeche. There are also some amazing
"Oficinas Liticas" (rocks with regular patterns indicating that they
were used for sharpening tools) on the right hand side of Praia dos
- In order to protect the island from the Spanish (who
thought it was a great refuelling stop on their way to Rio da Plata),
several fortresses were erected in the 1700's. However the whole
defence system failed badly in 1777 when the Spanish, led by
D. Zeballos, invaded the island and took over the fortresses without a
fight. Later, under the treaty of Saint Ildefonso, the island was
restored to the Portuguese Crown. According to the treaty provisions
the loser was forced to accept that, unless Portugal were at war, the
island was never to be a military base. Many of these fortresses have
been recently restored by the University of Santa Catarina and are
available for visitation. In fact we are planning to organise a trip
to the nicest of those, Fortaleza de Anhatomirim. [FORTALEZAS].
- Fortunately the southern Atlantic Ocean is not yet
overfished! Seafood is therefore widely available and reasonably priced.
Here is a random list of my favourite restaurants in Florianopolis, all
of them reachable only through private transportation:
- Canto da Brava, Av. Tom Traugott Wildi, 215 - Praia Brava
- Marina Ponta da Areia, Rua Senador Ivo d'Aquino Neto, 133 -
Lagoa da Conceição (3232-2290).
- Ponta das Caranhas, Rod. Jornalista Manoel de Menezes, 2377 -
Barra da Lagoa (3232-3076).
- Toca da Garoupa, Rua Alves Brito, 178 - Centro (3223-1220).
Restinga Recanto, Rod. Rafael da Rocha Pires, 2759 - Sambaqui
- Bar do Arante, Rua Abelardo Gomes, 254 - Pantano do Sul
- Casa do Chico,
Av. das Rendeiras, 1620 - Lagoa da Conceção (3232-5132).
more restaurant listings please click here.
- Florianopolis is famous for its oyster farms most of
which are located in the neighbourhoods of Santo Antonio de Lisboa and
Ribeirão da Ilha, where one will also find nice restaurants.
- Southern Brazil is famous for its beef. "Espeto Corrido"
is the local name for restaurants in which waiters roam the dining
room armed with huge beef skewers in search of customers with an empty
plate. If you are found in such a condition you'd better watch out!
My favourite "Espeto Corrido" places are:
- Galpão Pegorini, Rua Domingos Andre Zanini, sn - Barreiros - São
- Ataliba, Av. Irineu Bornhausen 5050, Agronomica (3333-0990).
- The island of Santa Catarina is quite large. From
north to south in a straight line it measures roughly 53km (33mi).
Since public transportation is not very good you might want to
consider renting a car. Here is a link to a
[CAR RENTAL WEB PAGE].
Disclaimer: we do not endorse the car rental places. Use them at
your own risk.
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Last updated 17-Jul-2006.