Florianopolis, Brazil

A modern cosmopolitan that enchants many is a place called Florianópolis, the state capital of Santa Catarina which is one of Brazil’s richest per capita states. Florianópolis is one of the rare places on earth where the new world and the old meets and coexists. The city’s rustic beauty provide travelers scenic beaches and tourism infrastructure, wonderful dining and nightlife, world-class shopping, and pristine nature preserves and appealing fishing villages. There are 42 main beaches in the nearby island and the beaches have a distinct neighborhood, parks, natural reserves, sand dunes, lagoons, and other sites.

Florianópolis has two faces, one on the mainland, the other across the bay. The mainland is where the industrial zones in Estreito and Coqueiros can be found. The island’s historic center and the infamous Beira-Mar Norte are across the bay, and two majestic bridges link both. The Ponte Hercilio Luz which is the older suspensión bridge has been closed to traffic but its lights can still be seen during the night, accentuating Floripa’s skyline.

Transportation is rather convenient in Florianópolis and the 42 beaches on the island are only an hour away. At the center of the city are colonial streets in cobblestone that stretch to newly renovated Praça XV de Novembro. A sunset stroll is a lot pleasing along the Beira-Mar Norte embankment.

Many tourist infrastructures and leisure opportunities are offered at the north island beaches. On the east coast are coastal sceneries and the fascinating natural beauty which includes the Lagoa da Conceição lagoon. The Lagoa is famous in poetic verses and songs for many centuries and is known for its cosmopolitan inhabitants.

The longest beach in the island is Moçambique situated up north along the east coast. The beach is a natural preservative and is a virgin from human intrusion. A more populated área is the Santinho beach where good tourism infrastructure is also available. On the southern part of the island’s east coast are rustic beaches with natural fauna and flora kept in preservation.

There are centennial churches in the city, one of which is the Metropolitan Cathedral that served as home for a sculpture of Joao and Maria. Another noteworthy architectural masterpiece is the Church of Our Lady of the Lagoa da Conceição which showcases Portuguese artistry. The church bell was a donation from emperor Dom Peter II. Some other churches that are must-see includes the Church of the Order Third of San Francisco (right at the heart of the city), the Our Lady of the Rosary of San Francisco de Paula (açorian style built in 1830), and the Our the Lady of the Necessities, in Santo Antonio de Lisboa with important historical monuments in it.