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Conceio Lagoon

Lagoa da Conceio, along with the Herclio Luz Bridge, are the most famous symbols of the city. It can be said that there are different worlds that inhabit Florianpolis - the cosmopolitan and the rural they both mix in Lagoa. Nearby are some of the best beaches for surfing and other extreme sports.
From the surrounding mountains rise hang-gliders and para-gliders that color the sky. In the sand-dunes, between Avenida das Rendeiras where bobbin lace is still made to Joaquina, sandboarding is practiced. The lagoon waters are dominated by motorboats, jet-skis, windsurfers and sailboats of all types and sizes.
For many years Lagoa was linked to a number of neighboring villages. Among these are Barra da Lagoa, Costa da Lagoa and Canto da Lagoa, communities of fishermen and their families which preserve many of the cultural characteristics. Canto Lagoa has a sambaqui (Indigenous cemetery), where semi-polished ax heads, ceramic ware and other archeological remains were found. Costa da Lagoa is a fishing village. Its origin is linked to the settlement of the village of Lagoa da Conceio. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it achieved prestige for the important exchange of goods that were produced there and taken to the Lagoa and other centers. Vestiges of the large quantity of crops and the many mills that existed there can still be noticed. There are still some traditional mills, large houses and colonial homes along the century-old stone route that links the villages of Costa da Lagoa with that of Lagoa da Conceio. The local fishermen and lace-makers still conduct their traditional crafts, as in generations past. A municipal decree has preserved Costa da Lagoa as a historical-cultural landmark.
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