Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Hercilio Luz Bridge

A colossal bridge that connects the city to the mainland is an impressive sight by day and by night.

Hercilio Luz Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Brazil and one of the longest in the world. Inaugurated in 1926, the crossing was the first physical link between Santa Catarina Island and mainland Brazil. One of Florianopolis’ most famous features is now closed to traffic and pedestrians, but it is well worth visiting to see a marvel of engineering.

The impressive structure has a length of 2,697 feet (822 meters) and stands approximately 100 feet (30 meters) over the average tide. Instead of massive steel cables, chains support the traffic-carrying deck.

The bridge is named after former governor Hercilio Luz who hoped it would strengthen Florianopolis’s claim as the state capital. Up until its completion, residents relied on ferries to reach the mainland. Access to the bridge has been restricted since 1991 due to safety concerns about corrosion of the chains.

Find a good vantage point to admire and photograph the large metal structure. Many locals will tell you that one of the best places is from Luz Park, close to the bridge entrance on the Santa Catarina side. Another good viewing point is from the 18th-century Santana Fortress. Alternatively, travel under the bridge aboard a boat.

A good time to see Hercilio Luz Bridge is at sunset when the setting sun provides a stunning backdrop. Then stay by the bridge to see it lit up against the night sky. There are hundreds of lights which cover the two towers, deck and main suspension cables.

Hercilio Luz Bridge is one of three bridges that connect the two halves of Florianopolis. The other two are Pedro Ivo Campos Bridge and Colombo Salles Bridge. Hercilio Luz is such an iconic landmark of the city that you can see representations of it on postcards and souvenirs.


Best Lodging Options Near Hercilio Luz Bridge

See all 1,497 Properties near Hercilio Luz Bridge
Castelmar Hotel $22
Castelmar Hotel

Castelmar Hotel

Rua Felipe Schimidt, 1260, Centro, Florianopolis, SC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Centro, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Luz Square and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Beiramar Shopping Center. Museu do Homem do Sambaqui and Public Market are also within 15 minutes.

    Rede Andrade Cecomtur $19
    Rede Andrade Cecomtur

    Rede Andrade Cecomtur

    Rua Arcipreste Paiva, 107 Centro, Florianopolis, SC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rosario Steps and Beiramar Shopping Center. Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

      Hotel Porto da Ilha $31
      Hotel Porto da Ilha

      Hotel Porto da Ilha

      R. Dom Jaime Camara, 43, Centro, Florianopolis, SC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museu do Homem do Sambaqui and Beiramar Shopping Center. Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

        Rede Andrade Floph $20
        Rede Andrade Floph

        Rede Andrade Floph

        Rua Artista Bittencourt, 14 Centro, Florianopolis, SC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alvaro Carvalho Theater and Beiramar Shopping Center. Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

          Hotel Valerim Florianópolis $27
          Hotel Valerim Florianópolis

          Hotel Valerim Florianópolis

          Rua Felipe Schmidt, 705, Florianopolis, SC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Luz Square and Beiramar Shopping Center. Public Market and Casa da Alfandega are also within 10 minutes.

            Slaviero Baía Norte Florianópolis $32
            Slaviero Baía Norte Florianópolis

            Slaviero Baía Norte Florianópolis

            Avenida Beira Mar Norte, 220, Florianopolis, SC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Luz Square and Beiramar Shopping Center. Museu do Homem do Sambaqui and Public Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Rede Andrade Lumar $18
              Rede Andrade Lumar

              Rede Andrade Lumar

              Rua Conselheiro Mafra, 848, Centro, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centro, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Luz Square and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Beiramar Shopping Center. Public Market and Casa da Alfandega are also within 10 minutes.

                Hotel ZIP $22
                Hotel ZIP

                Hotel ZIP

                Rua Felipe Schmidt 554, Garage: Rua Pedro Ivo, 229, Florianopolis, SC
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of XV of November Square and Florianopolis Cathedral. Hercilio Luz Bridge and Legislative Assembly of Santa Caterina are also within 1 mi (2 km).