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Florianopolis

For an escape from the daily grind, pack your bags and make your way to Florianopolis.

This area of Santa Catarina has some 410,000 inhabitants.

It sits 10 miles southeast of Biguacu and about 820 miles south of the national capital of Brasilia.

Bring the family to Aqua Show Park, a lovely place to spend time with the kids.

If you feel like catching a picturesque sunset, throwing a Frisbee or just laying back by the water's edge, make your way to Mole Beach or Lagoinha do Leste Beach. You could also test the water temperature out at Ingleses Beach and Galheta Beach.

Mother Nature's gifts are on display year-round at Campeche Island and Serra do Tabuleiro state park. You could also spend a rewarding afternoon at Morro da Lagoa.

You'll discover plenty of interesting artifacts and stories within the rooms of the varied cultural establishments here. Among the best places to visit are the Image and Sound Museum, the Ribeirao da Ilha Eco Museum and the Museu Sacro - Capela Menino Deus.

See the latest gadgets and learn about scientific breakthroughs at UFSC Planetarium.

Travelers interested in biodiversity and natural history will enjoy spending some time learning about the specimens and curiosities at the Museu do Homem do Sambaqui.

Do you want to feel inspired? Fill up your day with artwork and interesting creations at the Museu de Arte de Santa Catarina.

The Historical Museum of Santa Catarina and the Cruz e Souza Museum are two great places to discover the history of the world.

Step back in time at Casa da Alfandega, one of the most significant snapshots of history in this area.

Those interested in military history should enjoy exploring Fort Santana and Santa Cruz de Anhatomiri Fort, two examples of the region's historical fortifications. Many tourists are also impressed by the scarred walls of Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa and San José da Ponta Grossa Fort.

Experience the region's spiritual side and take in the peaceful atmosphere at Florianopolis Cathedral and Our Lady of Conception of the Lagoon Chapel. You might also like to read up on Paroquia de Santo Amaro da Imperatriz and Our Lady of Rosario Church.

Though city squares often seem quite similar, each one possesses its own special brand of history, characters and buildings that give it an identity all its own. A stroll through Luz Square or Getulio Vargas Square is sure to be a nice experience. The locals will also recommend you stop by Benjamin Constant Square and Alfandega Square.

Capture some photographs and have a chat with the locals at Belvedere Lookout Point and Morro da Cruz, two popular landmarks.

Barra da Lagoa Lighthouse is the perfect place to discover some local history and feel the ocean breeze in your hair.

If you're curious about the area's institutions of higher learning, you can arrange a visit to the Federal University of Santa Catarina and the Santa Catarina State University. Take a stroll through the campus, admire the architecture and watch the students preparing for their exams. You'll see why they are such popular places to pursue an education.

This area has a reputation as a good place to shop, so be sure to get your bit of retail therapy while you are here. Seek out a great deal, indulge in quality fashion pieces or just sit and watch the locals go by at Public Market and Floripa Shopping Center. You're also sure to be impressed with the huge selection at Beiramar Shopping Center and Beiramar Mall.

Organize a night out at the Alvaro Carvalho Theater or the Ademir Rosa Theater and enjoy some quality entertainment. The Teatro Adolfho Mello is another important venue for the arts community here.

Think you've seen everything worth seeing in Florianopolis? Guess again. While Hercilio Luz Bridge might not be on the front page of your in-flight magazine, many travelers enjoy their time there.


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ibis Florianopolis

ibis Florianopolis

Avenida Rio Branco 37, Florianopolis
4.0
of 5, from 100 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Luz Square, Museu do Homem do Sambaqui and Public Market. Casa da Alfandega and Alfandega Square are also within 15 minutes.

£18
Residencial Valparaíso

Residencial Valparaíso

Rua Dr. Antônio Prudente de Morais, 609, Florianopolis
3.8
of 5, from 12 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Canasvieiras, this pousada is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Saint Francis de Paula Church and within 3 miles (5 km) of Cachoeira do Bom Jesus Beach and Jurere Beach. Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa and Forte Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£34
Cecomtur Executive Hotel

Cecomtur Executive Hotel

Rua Arcipreste Paiva, 107 Centro, Florianopolis
3.2
of 5, from 312 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Florianopolis Cathedral, Alvaro Carvalho Theater and Our Lady of Rosario Church. Historical Museum of Santa Catarina and Rosario Steps are also within 5 minutes.

£31
Castelmar Hotel

Castelmar Hotel

Rua Felipe Schimidt, 1260, Florianopolis
3.5
of 5, from 402 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Luz Square, Fort Santana and Hercilio Luz Bridge. Public Market and Museu do Homem do Sambaqui are also within 15 minutes.

Pousada Green

Pousada Green

Rod. Jornalista Manoel Menezes - 2410, Florianopolis
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this pousada is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mole Beach, Tamar Project and Barra da Lagoa Beach. Barra da Lagoa Lighthouse and Canto dos Aracas are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Santinho Hostel

Santinho Hostel

Servidão da Graça, 205, Florianopolis
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hostel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Barra Norte Shopping Centre and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Ingleses Beach. Cachoeira do Bom Jesus Beach and Aqua Show Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£33
Florianópolis Palace Hotel

Florianópolis Palace Hotel

Rua Artista Bittencourt, 14 Centro, Florianopolis
3.4
of 5, from 478 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Alvaro Carvalho Theater, Rosario Steps and Our Lady of Rosario Church. Florianopolis Cathedral and Historical Museum of Santa Catarina are also within 5 minutes.

Pousada Jurerê Guest House

Pousada Jurerê Guest House

rua tertuliano de brito xavier,2991, Florianopolis
3.6
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jurere, this pousada is within 1 mile (2 km) of Saint Francis de Paula Church and Jurere Beach. Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Ponta Grossa is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

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