Palhoça

Palhoça is famous all over Brazil, mainly among surfers, because of the beach of Guarda do Embaú. The natural beauties of the municipality are indeed its main attraction. Located between the coast and the mountains, it has rivers, waterfalls, islands, hills with spectacular views and also houses the access to the area open to visiting the Parque Estadual da Serra do Tabuleiro (State Park of the Checkerboard Mountain). It is also worth visiting the colonial groups of houses of Enseada de Brito, the Portuguese Fort of Ilha de Araçatuba and the archeological sites of the region.

Beach and Nature

Beaches


Praia da Guarda do Embaú
Considered to be one of the 10 best beaches in the world for surfing, this small fishermen’s village was discovered in the 70’s by hippies and surfers. The only access to get to the sea is by the Rio da Madre (Nun’s River), which can be crossed swimming, by canoe or on foot at low tide. On the left bank of the river, traces of the rock carving art can be found. Another attraction is the Pedra do Urubu (Vulture’s Stone), a viewpoint on the northern side which has a beautiful view of the beach.

Enseada de Brito
Founded in 1750, it preserves the Azorean culture. The centenary mansion, listed by the Historical Heritage, and mariculture are the main attractions of the region.

Balneário da Pinheira
It is located in a cove at 35 km from the Center. It is one of the few beaches in the municipality sheltered from the south wind.

Praia do Sonho
At 34 km from the Center, it is the only beach in the region which has two fronts to the sea (north and east), with options of bathing in calm waters or in the open sea.

Praia do Tomé
Located in the Barra do Aririú, it is famous for its wealth of fish and abundant fauna.

Praia de Fora
Near Morro do Cambirela, it has a beautiful view of the Island of Santa Catarina.

Pedras Altas
A beach of naturism, it is part of the Biological Reserve of the Checkerboard Mountain. Access is only allowed for naked visitors.


Islands


Ilha do Papagaio
Inserted in the Right Whale Environmental Protection Area, it offers a hostel which links comfort to conservation of nature. It has marks of rock carving art.
www.papagaio.com.br

Ilha da Fortaleza Nossa Senhora da Conceição de Araçatuba
Located in front of the Shipwrecked Point (Island of Santa Catarina), it preserves the canon used to defend the entrance to South Bay at the time of the Empire.


History and Culture

Historical Neighbordhoods and Typical Locations


Enseada de Brito
Founded in 1750, it preserves the Azorean culture. The centenary mansion, listed by the Historical Heritage, and mariculture are the main attractions of the region.


Ecotourism and Adventure Sports

Surfing


Praia da Guarda do Embaú
Considered to be one of the 10 best beaches in the world for surfing, this small fishermen’s village was discovered in the 70’s by hippies and surfers. The only access to get to the sea is by the Rio da Madre (Nun’s River), which can be crossed swimming, by canoe or on foot at low tide. On the left bank of the river, traces of the rock carving art can be found. Another attraction is the Pedra do Urubu (Vulture’s Stone), a viewpoint on the northern side which has a beautiful view of the beach.


Trekking, Canyoneering, Rappelling, Cascading and Zip Lining


Parque Estadual da Serra do Tabuleiro
The largest conservation unit in Santa Catarina (almost 90 thousand hectares), it encompasses nine municipalities and some coastal islands. Groups can schedule lectures with the environmental monitors. Seat: Km 238 da BR-101.
parquedotabuleiro.blogspot.com.br
www.fatma.sc.gov.br

Morro do Cambirela
One of the best trekking options in all the state. The ascent of the Cambirela, located in the Parque Estadual da Serra do Tabuleiro, is hard and requires good physical preparation to reach the peak of the hill, at about 1,000 m of altitude. The view is worth the effort. On days with a clear sky, it is possible to see all the Island of Santa Catarina.

Morro da Pedra Branca
Located at 6 km from the Center, it has an ascent of 500 m which can be largely done by car. A beautiful view of all the region.


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