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Sao Francisco do Sul, a blend of history and natural beauty

 

DISTANCE CHART FROM SÃO FRANCISCO DO SUL/SC (KM)

 

Florianópolis (SC) - 178

Joinville (SC) - 45

Navegantes (SC) - Aeroporto - 87

Itajaí (SC) - 92

Camboriu (SC) - 102

Blumenau (SC) - 106

Itapema (SC) - 114

Brusque (SC) - 120

Porto Belo (SC) - 125

Itapoá (SC) - 127

Bombinhas (SC) - 131

Garopaba (SC) - 250

Imbituba (SC) - 251

Laguna (SC) - 281

Curitiba (PR) - 300

Porto Alegre (RS) - 476

São Paulo (SP) - 702

Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - 1.144

Campo Grande (MS) - 1.298

Belo Horizonte (MG) - 1.301

Brasilia (DF) - 1.673

Cuiabá (MT) - 1.986

Asunción (Paraguay) - 1.331

Montevideo (Uruguay) - 1.360

Buenos Aires (Argentina) - 1.539

 

Overview - São Francisco do Sul - Santa Catarina - Brazil

Colonised by the Portuguese, São Francisco do Sul is the third oldest town in Brazil. It was built on the São Francisco Island and its charm derives from the Portuguese colonial style of the buildings that frame the town's narrow streets in the historic centre which has been listed as National Historic and Artistic Heritage as have the local traditions such as Boi-de-Mamão, Dança do Vilão, Dança do Pão-por-Deus and Dança das Pastorinhas. The town is well known for the beautiful scenery of the Babitonga Bay and the Vila da Glória, on the mainland. In addition to its history, its traditions and the harbour, São Francisco do Sul features gorgeous beaches sought after by thousands of tourists every summer. Visitors increasingly seek holiday rental especially in the high summer season which offers good investment opportunities.

Historical Heritage

With its 500 years of history, São Francisco do Sul has a lot to offer. Its churches, streets, houses and alleys such as Our Lady of Grace's Mother Church built in 1699 by slaves, militiamen and members of the community using a mixture of lime, shells, sand and whale oil are well worth a visit. Inside the church, there is a statue of Our Lady of Grace dating from 1553 which was left there by the Spaniards who built a chapel on the island to thank for having been saved during a bad storm. There are also XVII and XVIII century baroque statues and an organ taken to São Francisco from Rio de Janeiro in 1823 which is still being used today. Visitors should have a look at the cariocas (water sources) which still provided water to the people, the History Museum, the National Sea Museum, the only one in Brazil, which exhibits boats and replicas of boats from the whole Brazilian coast as well as instruments, documents, naval orientation equipment, maps, miniatures, etc. Also, the Municipal Market and the Marechal Hercílio Luz Fortress should not be left out.

 

Nature

Get on a boat and visit the Babitonga Bay Archipelago just two nautical miles from the town centre. In the past, Ilha da Rita (Rita Island) was a Brazilian Navy refuelling base during World War II. Also, visit Ilha da Paz (Peace Island), with its amazing beaches and cliffs, and a beautiful lighthouse at its top. Climb Morro do Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Hill) and be delighted by the view of the bay.

 

Culture and events

Besides Portuguese colonisers, São Francisco also received large numbers of slaves. Later, the French arrived. This mixture of cultures has generated an ethnic diversification which expresses itself in the form of various folkloric groups that bring the local culture to life.

The town offers a varied calendar of events such as FECAM (Prawn Festival), FESTILHA (Island Tradition Festival) - both held in April of each year, and FENAPESCA (National Fishermen's Festival), held at Balneário da Enseada where a wide variety of sea food is served and countless sports and leisure activities take place.

Leisure

It is impossible to get bored in São Francisco do Sul. Some of the events held throughout the year are the Ilha de São Francisco Shore Fishing Tournament; Carnival; Navy Week, etc....

 

Recommended outings: schooner trip in the Babitonga Bay; ferry trip to Vila da Glória; etc.

 

 

São Francisco do Sul' main beaches are:

 

Balneário do Capri; Praia da Enseada; Praia de Itaguaçu; Praia da Saudade or Prainha; Praia de Paulas or Balneário de Paulas; Praia dos Ingleses, Praia da Figueira, Praia do Salão; Praia do Calixto; Praia do Ervino; Praia do Molhe; Praia Grande and Praia de Ubatuba.


Overview - São Francisco do Sul - Santa Catarina - Brazil

Colonised by the Portuguese, São Francisco do Sul is the third oldest town in Brazil. It was built on the São Francisco Island and its charm derives from the Portuguese colonial style of the buildings that frame the town's narrow streets in the historic centre which has been listed as National Historic and Artistic Heritage as have the local traditions such as Boi-de-Mamão, Dança do Vilão, Dança do Pão-por-Deus and Dança das Pastorinhas. The town is well known for the beautiful scenery of the Babitonga Bay and the Vila da Glória, on the mainland. In addition to its history, its traditions and the harbour, São Francisco do Sul features gorgeous beaches sought after by thousands of tourists every summer. Visitors increasingly seek holiday rental especially in the high summer season which offers good investment opportunities.

Historical Heritage

With its 500 years of history, São Francisco do Sul has a lot to offer. Its churches, streets, houses and alleys such as Our Lady of Grace's Mother Church built in 1699 by slaves, militiamen and members of the community using a mixture of lime, shells, sand and whale oil are well worth a visit. Inside the church, there is a statue of Our Lady of Grace dating from 1553 which was left there by the Spaniards who built a chapel on the island to thank for having been saved during a bad storm. There are also XVII and XVIII century baroque statues and an organ taken to São Francisco from Rio de Janeiro in 1823 which is still being used today. Visitors should have a look at the cariocas (water sources) which still provided water to the people, the History Museum, the National Sea Museum, the only one in Brazil, which exhibits boats and replicas of boats from the whole Brazilian coast as well as instruments, documents, naval orientation equipment, maps, miniatures, etc. Also, the Municipal Market and the Marechal Hercílio Luz Fortress should not be left out.

 

Nature

Get on a boat and visit the Babitonga Bay Archipelago just two nautical miles from the town centre. In the past, Ilha da Rita (Rita Island) was a Brazilian Navy refuelling base during World War II. Also, visit Ilha da Paz (Peace Island), with its amazing beaches and cliffs, and a beautiful lighthouse at its top. Climb Morro do Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Hill) and be delighted by the view of the bay.

 

Culture and events

Besides Portuguese colonisers, São Francisco also received large numbers of slaves. Later, the French arrived. This mixture of cultures has generated an ethnic diversification which expresses itself in the form of various folkloric groups that bring the local culture to life.

The town offers a varied calendar of events such as FECAM (Prawn Festival), FESTILHA (Island Tradition Festival) - both held in April of each year, and FENAPESCA (National Fishermen's Festival), held at Balneário da Enseada where a wide variety of sea food is served and countless sports and leisure activities take place.  

 

Leisure

It is impossible to get bored in São Francisco do Sul. Some of the events held throughout the year are the Ilha de São Francisco Shore Fishing Tournament; Carnival; Navy Week, etc....

 

Recommended outings: schooner trip in the Babitonga Bay; ferry trip to Vila da Glória; etc.

 

 

São Francisco do Sul' main beaches are:

 

Balneário do Capri; Praia da Enseada; Praia de Itaguaçu; Praia da Saudade or Prainha; Praia de Paulas or Balneário de Paulas; Praia dos Ingleses, Praia da Figueira, Praia do Salão; Praia do Calixto; Praia do Ervino; Praia do Molhe; Praia Grande and Praia de Ubatuba.

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