Quinta do Mar

Rua da Portela, 43, Caloura, 9560 216, Portugal
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Travel Tips for Ilha de São Miguel

The hydrangea.

by cachaseiro

The hydrangea is the most common flower on the Azores.
It´s orginally from East Asia but has fitted in very well to the climate on the Azores and you see it all over Sao Miguel, both in parks and on the side of the road.

Pottery - Cerâmica Vieira

by mircaskirca

The pottery originated in medieval times with the characteristics brought by the Arabs and the Moors during the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. At the end of the 15th century the Azoreans were using pottery made in the islands, which had Spanish-Moorish influence. Given the mix of cultures in the Iberian Peninsula, there came other influences, such as Greek and Roman.

Since the 19th century Lagoa has been the centre of the regional pottery industry. You can visit the factory, showrooms and museum Cerâmica Vieira which was founded in 1862. Pottery manufacturing has maintained through all these years, now already the 5th generation.

Touring the factory, you go through the whole process until the final product. Its production, pots, bowls, vases and other items, is still handmade with a traditional blue decoration, known as louça da Lagoa (Lagoa pottery). Their azulejos (glazed tiles) are made and hand-painted with typical patterns which give them the characteristics of the primitive tiles.

Cerâmica Vieira is located on Rua das Alminhas 12, Rosário, Lagoa (9 km east from Ponta Delgada).

Queijadas da Vila - Sweet Temptation

by mircaskirca

The old conventual sweets of Azores are a temptation to people with a sweet tooth. São Miguel offers a considerable variety of regional sweets, such as

- queijadas da Vila
- concertos da Ribeira Grande
- bolo lêvedo das Furnas
- bichos de amêndoa
- barriga-de-freira
- fofas da Povoação and
- massa sovada.

Queijadas are a type of sweet cake dessert, popular in Portugal, and especially in the Azores. Most have similar ingredients. Queijadas de Vila Franca do Campo are famous, delicious small cakes made with cheese, originating in Vila Franca do Campo. Today they are made in the pastry shop in Arrifes. The recipe is kept secret.

What a lucky girl I was staying in that same village! So I could visit the pastry shop on the day before I left São Miguel and buy freshly made queijadas, almost directly from the owen. I bought three boxes of six to take with me. Oh, my friends just loved them! And so did I :)

Whale & dolphin watching

by Zirpsis

They used to hunt whales with harpoons from these islands but now that old tradition has changed to hunting with cameras and binoculars. There are at least two towns where you can get on a boat to go whale watching: Ponta Delgada and Vila Franca do Campo. Some people saw a herd of seven whales while other people told us they didn't see any. So there's no guarantee that you'll actually see whales.

Prices per person are €47 from March to October and €40 from November to February. Swimming with dolphins is €63.
Departures at 8:45 and 12:45
You can book at your hotel or go to the marina. According to the weather of course. They give you overalls at the marina.

Agua de pau.

by cachaseiro

Agua de pau is a small town on the south coast of Sao Miguel that has a fair bit of fishing families aswell as other citizens.
The town has a nice little town center and a pretty little harbour about a kilometer from the town where you also have a salt water swimming pool where you can go for a swim.
Agua de pau is not a huge sight, but a nice little place to pop by if you want to experience every day life of the Azores.


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Address: Rua da Portela, 43, Caloura, 9560 216, Portugal