Winter in Florianopolis
I’m lucky enough to have Florianopolis as a guaranteed destination in any of my holidays in Brazil. Hubby’s family lives there and this winter was the best trip I ever made to the city.
Family reunited, city quieter than the usual, sunny days, oysters and mullets bigger and fresher than ever, lots of local festivals and all the good wine we had brought from Rio Grande do Sul.
We didn’t end up going to the beach, but for someone who lives in Sydney, beach was not something I was missing.
Capital of the State of Santa Catarina and the Brazilian capital with the highest HDI (human development index), the island is noted for its parks and beaches, its planned urbanization, cleaning, security and good services for tourists. In high season it is the second home destination for Argentines, Paraguayans, Uruguayans and hundreds of Brazilians mainly from Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paulo.
Portuguese culture is rooted in the accent of each “barriga verde” (green belly,how the locals are called) in its cuisine, in the architecture and all the crafts.
Two places won my heart more than ever during this holidays: Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Santo Amaro de Imperatriz.
Santo Antonio de Lisboa
Santo Antonio de Lisboa, region famous for its religious festivals; manifestations of local folklore; handcraft production; pottery and oyster farming, is a nice place for lunch on the seafront, walk by the house of handicrafts and walking on cobblestone streets.
Santo Amaro da Imperatriz
Santo Amaro da Imperatriz is part of the metropolitan area of Florianopolis, at 30 Km east of the capital of Santa Catarina.
This paradise is known for its wealth and its natural hot springs that reach temperatures of about 40° C.
My in-laws come to the region every 15 days to get mineral water straight from the tap. That’s quality of life !
Some friends usually ask what Mariano (who was born in this paradise), had in his mind when he moved to Sao Paulo about 10 years ago. My answer is one: marry me, what else it would be?