With little more than 1 million people spread across a region blessed with 42 beaches, the Santa Catarina hub has already experienced some maturation as a property market.
A strong European population is evident in Florianopolis, which tops the Human Development Index (HDI) throughout Brazil.
The HDI factors in life expectancy, education and income conditions.
Weather in Florianopolis is humid and sub-tropical and the city’s surrounds are a haven for surfers, sunbathers and adventure sports enthusiasts.
The city is spread across a strait which separates Santa Cantalina Island from a small mainland peninsula, linked together in a photogenic manner by the Hercilio Luz Bridge.
Among the sites of Fortaleza are four standing forts, protection against threats of a previous Spanish invasion, and also the stunning Lagoa da Conceicao lake.
Florianopolis has an international airport and connects via Sao Paulo to most countries around the world.
In peak season direct flights from Argentina and Chile are available, while domestic flights are available year-round.