Antonina

Antonina

Serene, tranquil and charming; Antonina is a small coastal town. It slowly slipped into decay as it lost the pride of being Paraná's main port. The industry suffered as ships gained in size and mounting silt deposits limited their access to the Antonina Harbour. Languid would best describe the pace of life here, complementing the town's rustic, old world charm.

Several preserved buildings and churches from the colonial era add to this effect. Antonina springs to life during its yearly street 'Carnival' and during the Winter Festival. The best place to begin a walking tour in Antonina is from the church Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Pilar; from here you will enjoy a great view of the Antonina Bay. This church is located where the town began and dates back to 1715.

The paintings inside are from the famous local artist Theodoro de Bona. Facing the church, you will see the beautiful Coronel Macedo Square. The buildings surrounding the square were built during the mate herb golden era and are today preserved as restaurants and hotels; such as Hotel Atlante and Hotel Camboa Capela Antonina.

You will also see the Teatro Municipal, built and opened 1906.As you enter the town, you will pass the railway station. It was built in an English style and opened in 1922 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Brazil´s independence. Ponta da Pita | Prainha is a local beach used for bathing and fishing. There are restaurants and bars nearby.

Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto is a wonderful place for nature lovers, with paths set amidst the Atlantic Rain Forest.

You will also see the Teatro Municipal, built and opened 1906.As you enter the town, you will pass the railway station.

Pico Paraná

In Antonina, you will see Pico Paraná, the highest mountain in southern Brazil at a height of 1962 m. This mountain is treasured out by hikers and trekkers; its path is not very easy and requires a local guide.

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