Florianópolis: Lagoa da Conceição
Lagoa da Conceição (lagoa means lagoon or pond in English) is a very touristic neighborhood in Florianópolis and it is located in the east side of the island. From there you have access to some of the most famous beaches: Mole Beach, Galheta Beach (a nudist beach) and Joaquina Beach. Also there is a trekking where you can walk through the coast of the lagoon, called Costa da Lagoa Trekking.
The lagoon that gives the name to the neighborhood is suitable for swimming and there are some water sports that you can practice, for example stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, pedal boating, jet skiing, and hydroflying. There are also boat rides that show you the coast of the lagoon, the one I was offered, but didn't take, lasts for one hour and they stopped in a part of the lagoon where you can jump from the boat and bath. Related with water, one last thing I can mention is the small marina.
Another sport you can try there is sandboard on the dunes. The dunes are super beautiful, so even if you don't wanna do sports it is worth to go there and take a look on all that white sand with some green spots of vegetation.
Near the marina you will find a square where people sell their handmade work, like necklaces, rings, dream catchers and products like vegan soaps. In this same square there is a monument in honor to women who do bobbin lace, which is a handmade type of lace. This bobbin lace tradition was brought by the Azorean colonizers. Nowadays it is more difficult to find women doing this work, I didn't see any there. But normally they are making and selling towels, bedspreads and garments.
|Monument in honor to women who do bobbin lace.|
One important note is that if you want to go to one of the beaches I mentioned above take a bus from Tilag. You can always walk, but it is a considerable distance and once inside the terminal you can freely transfer to another bus.
As you can see Lagoa da Conceição is a great place to spend the day and the night, if you are interested in any of the things above. And it is a great place to stay because there are hotels, hostels and camping.
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