Downtown, Gastronomy Way (Visconde de Taunay Street) vies for attention with Brütslein Boulevard. This small, palm-tree-lined street leads to the former seat of government of Dona Francisca Colony, a country house belonging to the Brazilian royalty that was the starting point for the city’s urbanization. Inside this building, a museum tells the history of German immigration.
Colonization is also present in the rural tourism routes, which lead to flower farms, historic plantations, and centers where colonial products are sold.
The sea is very close by. The schooner trip through Babitonga Bay is a local classic and includes a stop at São Francisco do Sul Island – which has a well-preserved Portuguese colonial village and the National Sea Museum (not to be missed!).