Joinville is located in south Brazil in the state of Santa Catarina.
It has a population of approximately 600 thousand souls making it the largest city in the state.
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While Joinville does not have the historic center as does the city of Blumenau, it does have German roots. They are evident in the city’s nouveau-Alpine architecture and in the well-manicured lawns and litter-free parks around town. The economy thrives on metallurgy, plastics and information technology, but this industrial activity is tucked neatly away from the eyes of visitors. The result is a big city with the good manners of a small town. Joinville’s citizens are proud of their prosperous, orderly home, and they welcome visitors with warm hospitality and a surplus of helpful information.
Joinville means “joyous city”, but it was also the family name of the prince Ferdinand Phillipe, husband of princess Francisca Carolina. The prince of Joinville, owning vast extinctions of lands, was unable to care for them and without ever seeing them, gave a large portion to the Hamburg Colonization Society.
The land was used as a settlement for a colony of German, Swiss and Norwegian immigrants. On March 9, 1851 the ship “Colon” docked on the River Cachoeira with the first immigrants. Those first years wete not easy for the Dona Francisca Colony, but their fighting spirit overcame the difficulties.
With nearly 600 thousand inhabitants and a diverse manufacturing park, Joinville has more than 700 major industries; some of which are the largest in Brazil. Among the products manufactured are galvanized pipes and connectors, electric engines, plastic tubing and connections, compressors for various equipment, refrigerators, air conditioners, washers and textile products. Many of them are exported to several continents.
This entrepreneurial dynamism gives it the name "Manchester of Santa Catarina" and makes it the largest city of the State, including in revenue. Although a city given to work and production Joinville has not failed to keep alive their traditions, history and customs, through artistic and folkloric presentations, typical architecture and the special care for the gardens and flowers.
Situated in a plain between the dense forests of the “Serra do Mar” and the Babitonga Bay, which is linked by Lake Saguaçú, the city is an invitation to those who love to walk or ride a bicycle.
Joinville is not a coastal city, but is connected to the sea through the bays of Babitonga and Saguaçú, and the closest beaches are only 30 minutes away by car. The boat "Prince of Joinville" leaving Joinville via the Babitonga Bay, can take up to 50 people to São Francisco do Sul, passing between numerous tropical vegetation-covered Islands and small private beaches.
Joinville is a level city and its neighborhoods stretch around the central area, which is relatively small. Behind the modern avenues, tranquil cobble stone streets still exist and are lined by beautiful well groomed flower gardens, and reveal true treasures of Germanic colonial architecture. The timber framing style houses, with details in wood, flower pots in the windows and metal roosters on the roofs, they seem to have come out of a fairy tale.
The industrial strength of Joinville does not affect the purity of its rural region, where small and well cared for properties are surrounded by picturesque groves of native vegetation, rivers and waterfalls of crystalline water. An example of this is the “Estrada Bonita” (Pretty Road), just 20 km from town that, ends at the Aunt Martha getaway where a restaurant on the banks of the Rio Bonito serves delicious typical foods.
In recent years Joinville has enriched its calendar year with festivals in all seasons of the year. In May they have the National Shooters Festival – FENATIRO, which gathers shooting clubs from all parts of Brazil for competitions lasting 10 days. In the month of July the Joinville Dance Festival happens. It is the largest in Latin America and the 4th in the world. It gathers around 5000 dancers, from Brazil and abroad, for 12 days of presentations on indoor and outdoor stages. Source: www.joinville.com