São Francisco do Sul

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São Francisco do Sul
Historic center of São Francisco do Sul
Historic center of São Francisco do Sul
Flag of São Francisco do Sul
Coat of arms of São Francisco do Sul
Coat of arms
Location in Santa Catarina  state
Location in Santa Catarina state
São Francisco do Sul is located in Brazil
São Francisco do Sul
São Francisco do Sul
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 26°14′34″S 48°38′16″W / 26.24278°S 48.63778°W / -26.24278; -48.63778Coordinates: 26°14′34″S 48°38′16″W / 26.24278°S 48.63778°W / -26.24278; -48.63778
Country  Brazil
Region South Region
State Santa Catarina
Mesoregion Norte Catarinense
Microregion Joinville
Founded 1658
 • Total 540 km2 (210 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 42,569
 • Density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone BRT/BRST (UTC-3/-2)
Website www.saofranciscodosul.sc.gov.br

São Francisco do Sul is a municipality in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. It covers an area of 540 km² (208 miles2) and had an estimated population of 42,569 in 2011.[1]


It was founded as a village by the Portuguese in 1658. Despite the date of its foundation, there's a previous record that a famous navigator left Honfleur, Normandy in France by the year of 1503 and arrived at São Francisco do Sul, at the Bay of Babitonga, Jean Binot Paulmier De Gonneville is also recognised by many historians as one of the first, if not the first person to step and discover Sao Francisco's city. It is situated on the northern end of the Island of São Francisco at the entrance to the Babitonga Bay.

São Francisco do Sul is an important part of the Brazilian infrastructure. It provides large bulk shipping facilities and is served by the major container shipping lines connecting with the South American east and west coasts, Africa, Asia, North and Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.[2]

During the past decade, São Francisco do Sul has become a popular tourism destination for South American and international guests.[3] The municipality contains the 6,667 hectares (16,470 acres) Acaraí State Park, created in 2005.[4]

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Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

São Francisco do Sul is twinned with:


  1. ^ http://www.saofranciscodosul.ciasc.gov.br/en/a-cidade/
  2. ^ http://www.terminalsc.com.br/en/institucional/terminal.php
  3. ^ http://www.msccruisesusa.com/us_en/Cruise-Destinations/South-America/Brazil/Sao-Francisco-Do-Sul.aspx
  4. ^ Parque Estadual Acaraí (in Portuguese), FATMA, retrieved 2016-11-29 
  5. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26. 

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