One of the most beautiful cities in South America. Will the others be jealous? Of course not! Everyone likes “Floripa”. There you will find beaches where you can swim relaxed, beaches to catch waves, lagoons to rest, fishermen villages to philosophize … With the tip of the foot on the continent and the rest on the Island of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis is a jewel made ​​of coves, bays, tips, beaches, dunes, plains and mountains. A bit of Brazil where the blue sky is even bluer.

The development of Florianópolis gathered momentum from the early twentieth century, when, with building construction picking up, the city experienced major changes. The implementation of the power grid and the system of water supply and sanitation gave the island the possibility to house the urbanization process that had begun and a new future began to be delineated. Hercílio Luz, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, is contemporary to these changes. Built to consolidate the position of Florianópolis as state capital, this classic work of international engineering became the main postcard of the city.

Today, Florianópolis is a vibrant city with plenty of leisure options. And tradition, such as the bobbin lace, brought from the Azores in the eighteenth century and kept until our days by the women of Lagoa da Conceição, the Boi de Mamão – a folklore presentation with dancing and singing, or even fishing with a casting net, where the launching of the nets is a show in itself.

SURROUNDINGS

By occupying a peninsula with a jagged coast on the north of Santa Catarina, Governador Celso Ramos has beautiful scenery and lots of different kinds of beaches: appropriate for bathing in calm waters or with good waves for surfing; some are lively and with good infra-structure, and others are deserted and accessible only by walking trails.

Member of the Reserva Biológica Marinha do Arvoredo, sanctuary for rare fauna and flora species, the region offers great diving spots. The Baía do Golfinho, where dozens of dolphins live, is another great attraction.

But Governador Celso Ramos is more than beautiful beaches. In the eighteenth century the town was one of the most important whaling centers, a common activity in the Santa Catarina coast in those days. At Armação da Piedade – “armação” is the name given to these centers – one can still see ruins of ancient buildings and the Capela Nossa Senhora da Piedade, built in 1745 with mortar that used whale oil in its mix. Today the chapel is a national heritage part of the Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional. And the whales, it is comforting to know that they breed and nurse their young  with all tranquility in the waters of the bay.