THE European Valley It is a region with strong characteristics of German, Italian, Austrian, Polish and Portuguese settlers, located in the Vale do Itajaí, in the state of Santa Catarina. The region offers several attractions ranging from typical architecture to dialects that can still be heard in some places. Restaurants with cuisine from different countries cannot be left out either. This region is very famous for hosting one of the best-known parties in the country, the Oktoberfest in Blumenau.
The hills, valleys, waterfalls and rivers of this region are an invitation to practice sports such as trekking, abseiling, mountain biking and paragliding. If you are looking for adventure, a tip is the Botuverá cave, the largest in the south of the country and one of the most beautiful in Brazil. Cycling lovers can delight in the 300 km on a pleasant road crossing 9 cities in the valley, on the first intercity cycling circuit in Brazil: the European Valley Cycling Tour.
The region is also home to several Catholic sanctuaries, such as chapels, oratory, churches and grottos dedicated to various saints. An example is the city of Nova Trento, with more than 30 attractions linked to the Catholic faith. The city is the second most visited religious destination in Brazil, behind only Aparecida do Norte, in São Paulo.
If you want to get to know a different region from the popular beaches of the state, traveling along the roads that connect the cities of the European Valley can be a great tour. In several points the roads are crossed by rivers, waterfalls, half-timbered houses, mills, chapels, mills and rural landscapes with farms that open their doors and welcome tourists, offering leisure activities such as fishing, horseback riding, trails, in addition to handicrafts. and regional products. The Acolhida na Colônia project schedules visits to rural properties in twelve European Valley cities.
European Valley Cities
Benedito Novo is a great destination for lovers of ecotourism. The city is home to waterfalls up to 100 m high and several trails. The preservation of colonial heritage in the architecture and well-kept gardens is also a positive point for local tourism. Be sure to check out the suspension bridge located in the center of the city.
Before the settlers, the city of Ibirama was inhabited by Indians, who can still be found in the Ibirama-La Klãnõ Indigenous Land, a protected area that occupies part of the city's territory and three other municipalities. The attractions are the natural pools, caves and mountains scattered around.
The heritage coming from immigrants from Pomerania, the historic region of northern Germany is everywhere in this municipality. There are more than 300 half-timbered buildings, with the largest number of properties listed by IPHAN (National Historical and Artistic Institute) among the cities that are part of the National Immigration Routes.
Main attraction of the Itajaí Valley, blumenau is internationally known for oktoberfest. The biggest German party in the Americas, taking place in October since 1984, which in 2014 attracted 573,361 visitors. Founded in 1850, Blumenau pays homage to its origins in every corner of the city: in houses, in parks, in monuments. Traces of Germanic culture can be appreciated in the century-old buildings of alpine and half-timbered architecture, in the art, crafts, in the rich gastronomy and in other festivals that move the city. Colonial-style buildings, well-kept streets and flowery gardens can also be admired on walks through the central region or in the charming communities of the municipality.
Known as Vale das Cachoeiras, the municipality has more than 70 waterfalls mirrored by the region. The place is very popular with rappelling, cascading, trekking and hang gliding practitioners. German, Italian and Swiss traits are found in the cuisine, architecture and local crafts.
Botuverá is home to the largest cave in the southern region of the country, with rooms up to 20 meters high covered by rocks that look like natural sculptures formed 65 million years ago. The Bergamasca Festival celebrates the culture of the first immigrants from Bergamo, in northern Italy, and attracts many tourists to the city.
Colonized by Italians from Trento, Nova Trento is the second most visited religious tourist destination in the country. Thousands of faithful, pilgrims and pilgrims visit the more than 30 attractions in the city, including the Santa Paulina Sanctuary, consecrated to the first Brazilian saint, who lived in the city until 1942.
The nature of the region offers ecotourism, the municipality is 1000 m above sea level, in a scenario formed by rivers, waterfalls and mountains. In September, the city promotes the Festa Trentina, an attraction with music and lots of folk dancing, celebrating the culture of immigrants with hundreds of Italians from neighboring cities.
The meeting of Germany and Italy can be seen in Rio do Sul. Situated between Serra do Mar and Serra Geral, the city offers some waterfalls, natural viewpoints and rivers that can be explored on foot. The city is also very popular for the jeans making industries that offer great prices.
With a country atmosphere, the fifth largest city on the European circuit has an excellent structure. Its clean and wide streets with charming gardens and wooden bridges guarantee a perfect setting for great photos.
Located in a mountainous region, the wonderful Timbó offers walks in parks, visits to museums, regional cuisine, adventure sports and some traditional festivals such as the Festa do Imigrante, in October.
Bathed by the Itajaí-Açu River, the city of Apiúna is known for being one of the best places to practice rafting in Brazil and is also part of the European Valley Cycling Tour.
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