Florianopolis is a cosmopolitan city that boasts a unique blend of both colonial and modern architecture. It is composed of one main island, Santa Catalina, which is connected to the mainland by three bridges. The first - opened in 1926 - is the Hercilio Luz bridge, the largest suspension bridge in Brazil. As beautiful and impressive as this bridge is, we won't be driving across it. Citing potential safety concerns, it was closed to traffic in 1991.
We will be departing the pier by coach to travel to the city of Florianapolis, where you’ll discover the historic city center. The center of Florianopolis contains many examples of colonial architecture, and seen in the alleyways, houses, churches, and museums. Among these examples are the former government palace, now the Cruz e Souza Museum (named after the Santa Catarina poet who formed the Symbolist movement) and the public market built in 1898, which sells food and local handicrafts under the shade of a one-hundred-year-old fig tree.