Although not nearly the size of a number of Brazilian cities, and in turn not in possession of nearly as many cultural attractions, Florianopolis is still a quaint marriage of both contemporary and historic culture that is worth your time as an international traveler. Whether you are observing Azorean fishing communities, a beer-loving settlement of German immigrants, Brazil's wine country or merely walking between landmarks in the city, you've got your options.
There are a few “can't miss” attractions in Florianopolis, including the symbolic Hercílio Luz Bridge that connects the mainland and island and Praca XV de Novembro, which is the main square and home to the most famous church in the city, the Catedral Metropolitana. Signs of modern development include sundry malls, resorts, and other elements of consumer culture, but you'll happy that a tourist infrastructure exists to support the incredible natural attractions.
Just south of the city is the tiny community of Ribeirão da Ilha, the well-tenanted center of Azorean culture in the region, while the Vale dos Vinhedos is a half-day trip away for those intrigued by how Brazilian wine and leisure compares to other regions of the world. Then again, for those who want a taste of German culture without crossing the Atlantic Ocean can spend some time in Blumenau, which is home to two things you'd never in your wildest dreams associate with Brazil: microbrews and lederhosen.
This isn't all. Refer back to our individual culture listings for a wide and intriguing array of activities to keep you inspired during your time in Floripo. With German, Portuguese, and Azorean culture well represented, you'll undoubtedly get all you need to fulfill your Brazilian culture agenda and start down the exciting road of trip planning (and fulfillment).