Combining history and culture, economic development and conservation of nature, beautiful seashore scenery and bucolic rural retreats, the Caminho dos Príncipes is one of the most diversified and attractive routes in Santa Catarina. The touristic name of the region comes from a historical episode occurring in 1853, when the land of the place where today Joinville is situated were included in the wedding dowry of the prince of Joinville and princess Francisca Carolina, the sister of D. Pedro II. The Portuguese cultural heritage, nevertheless, is not that which is most striking in the Caminho dos Príncipes. The German colonization predominates in most of the municipalities, which also have Italian, Swiss, Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Polish and Japanese influences.
Make an extremely rich historical and cultural tour of the towns and cities of the Caminho dos Príncipes.
Practically all the municipalities of the Caminho dos Príncipes preserve the European traditions and customs of the colonizers. The German legacy is predominant, especially in Joinville, the largest city and industrial region of Santa Catarina. Some of the largest cultural events of the state occur in the municipality, with the Flower Festival and Dance Festival of Joinville stand out. Whereas in São Francisco do Sul, the Portuguese influence is present in the colonial rows of houses and the more than 150 historical buildings in the Center, one of them being the Museu Nacional do Mar (National Sea Museum), unique of the kind in Brazil.
Let the adrenalin flow freely practicing several modalities of ecotourism in the region.
The Caminho dos Príncipes is an excellent destination for people who enjoy ecotourism and adventure sports. Activities as trekking, free flight, rappel, climbing, mountain bike, canoeing and acqua-ride can be practiced in the rivers, valleys and hills covered with Atlantic rainforest preserved in the municipalities of Corupá, Schroeder, Jaraguá do Sul and Papanduva. In Babitonga Bay, and especially in Garuva, the attraction is fishing snook. Whereas in Papanduva, those people who enjoy exploring caves and grottos will find excellent options open to them.
Discover the enchantments of the interior in several municipalities which have invested in rural tourism.
Rural tourism is also present in the Caminho dos Príncipes in municipalities as Rio Negrinho, Araquari, Campo Alegre, Itaiópolis and São Bento do Sul. The activities linked to the country are an excellent opportunity to relax and get in touch with the culture and customs of the German, Polish and Ukrainian colonizers, among other. In the Planalto Norte (Northern Plateau), Mafra also surprises you with a paleontological museum which shows you what the planet was like more than 300 million years ago.
Relax and enjoy yourself in the seaside resorts of the Caminho dos Príncipes.
The calm beach climate predominates in the resorts of Barra do Sul, Barra Velha and Itapoá. Simple localities, which remind one of fishing villages, are transformed in the summer season with the great movement of tourists. The Azorean cuisine, based upon seafood, is only one of the attractions which will greet you when visiting the beaches and lagoons of the region.