Serra da Tronqueira
Located in Nordeste municipality, this is a grandiose scenery made up of ridges and passes, with magnificent vistas of greenery and the sea. Forestry park, The highest point is Pico de Vara.
Excellent view of the eastern part of the island.
The endemic bird Phyrrula murina (priôlo) is found here!
The municipality of Nordeste is located in the extreme northeast of São Miguel. It is known for its landscape covered with trees, exotic flowers and endemic vegetation, and for its high mountains, gorges and deep valleys. There are numerous miradouros (viewpoints), such as Miradouro do Salto da Farinha, Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego and Miradouro da Madrugada, to name just a few, which offer spectacular views of the coastline and surrounding countryside. Nordeste is probably the municipality where nature was less touched by man and is one of the island's most appreciated treasures.
Along the main road is the charming Parque Natural da Ribeira das Caldeirões with the lovely Achada waterfall. If you cross a granite bridge you come to a beautiful area with lush vegetation. The area was once famous for watermills. One has been restored as a working museum.
Worth a visit is also a charming little town Nordeste with gracious Ponte de Sete Arcos (Seven Arch Bridge), Igreja de São Jorge, small museum, some nice old colonial buildings and an impressive Town Hall.
Nordeste, a municipality on the northeastern part of the Island, is located east of Ponta Delgada and Vila Franca do Campo, Est of Ribeira Grande and Northest of Furnas and is linked with a road connecting Ponta Delgada and Lagoa and west to Ribeira Grande. It has a population of 5,254 (Census 2001).
The main source of industry are agriculture and fishing while some businesses are in the downtown area.
The municipality includes 9 parishes: Achada, Achadinha, Algarvia, Lomba da Fazenda, Nordeste, Salga, Santana, Santo António de Nordestinho and São Pedro de Nordestinho.
Most of the mountains are covered with forests and valleys which features creeks and streams and are grassy in both lower and higher elevations. The rest of the land are made up of agricultural lands and some forests. The mountaintop is to the southwest and the coastline is to the northwest, the northeast and the southeast.
The highest elevations of Nordeste are: Pico Redondo (980 m), Pico Verde (927 m), Pico Bartolomeu (887 m) and Pico da Vara (1103 m), the last being the highest point of São Miguel Island.