Florianópolis (also known by its nickname Floripa) is the capital city of Santa Catarina State in southern Brazil.
It is composed of one main island, the Island of Santa Catarina, one continental part and the surrounding small islands with forts, which protected ships in the 17th century. Most of the population lives on the island's northern half. The southern half is more isolated and less developed. Although originally settled by the Portuguese (from the Archipelago of Azores), the city has a strong German and Italian influence, like the rest of the state. Florianópolis is a popular destination for South American tourists, because of its location and white sand beaches.
The Ponte Hercílio Luz built over 70 years ago, it continues to be the island’s favourite post card image.
Tourism is one of the staples of Florianópolis' economy; it is considered by many inhabitants and tourists that Floripa has a singular beauty endowed with strong lines of Azorean culture, observed in the buildings, workmanship, folklore, culinary and religious traditions. In addition to its popular sugar soft white sand beaches Florianópolis' offers many historical attractions, including the sites of the original Azorean colonists, the Lagoa da Conceição lagoon, and Saint Antonio of Lisbon. Tourism in Florianópolis has grown significantly over the past 10 years, with increasing numbers of visitors coming from other large cities in Brazil (particularly Porto Alegre, Curitiba, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) as well as other South American countries (particularly Argentina, with direct flights offered daily from Buenos Aires). During the past several years a greater number of international tourists have also began to frequent the island (particularly from Europe and the United States)