Get to know the highlights of Florianopolis and its wonderful beaches with a scenic Florianopolis city tour. This 6-hour journey takes you through the colonial buildings, quaint fishing communities, and oyster farms of northern Florianopolis. Visit the Mercado Publico, a local cathedral, the XV of November Square, Museum Cruz e Souza, and a historic Custom House, now a handicraft market, with your small group of fewer than 10 people and a local guide.
- Historical City Center
- Square of Alfandega
- Metropolitan Cathedral
- The Palace of Cruz e Sousa
- Beira Mar Avenue
- Hercílio Luz Bridge
- Lagoa da Conceição
- Jurerê Beach
Florianópolis is known in Brazil as the “Island of Magic”. Its breathtaking beaches are a paradise to surfers and beachgoers alike. It is thought by many as the best place to unwind and get in touch with your inner self. It holds a lot of history as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the country
In addition to over 40 gorgeous beaches, “Floripa” – the city’s nickname – has plenty of other attractions. On the tour, you will see the historical center where the little yellow and the charming metropolitan cathedral are located.
In the most important square of the city, we’ll get acquainted with Praça Novembro XV (15th of November Square, named after the date in which the republic was proclaimed) where the imposing Palace Cruz e Souza stands, which now houses the historical museum of Santa Catarina.
The Palace is important in many ways as it’s staged many important moments in Brazilian history throughout different points in time. It hosted both Brazilian emperors during their visits to the city and was stormed by revolutionaries during the federalist revolution in 1891. It seems this palace has seen its share of history.
Named after the Governor of Santa Catarina, another historical and visually striking location is the Ponte Hercilio Luz. It was the first bridge constructed to link the Island of Santa Catarina to the mainland. The bridge is now closed for traffic and it is a national cultural heritage.
But obviously, in a city like Floripa, the beaches and lagoons are still a must-see. One of our other stops is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the city, the Lagoa da Conceição.
The neighborhood houses not only a lagoon but also a few buildings dating back to when the city was colonized and settled.
Nowadays the lagoon is used by locals and visitors alike for water sports, picnics, and swimming. Its warm and calm waters are ideal for families to relax and keep an eye on the children.
And we also drop by the trendy Jurerê beach in the north of the island. When you see it you’ll understand why the beach was already elected by the New York Times as the place to be. During the summer, you’ll likely spot the young, the rich, and the famous cruising around Jurerê.