Ilha de São Miguel Off The Beaten Path

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    Trilho das Azenhas da Ribeira Funda

    by Avieira67 Updated Sep 27, 2014

    Este trilho circular inicia-se e termina junto à ermida da Ribeira Funda, freguesia dos Fenais da Ajuda.
    Inicialmente desce-se para junto do leito da ribeira onde se podem admirar algumas azenhas, na sua maioria, em ruínas. A vegetação é abundante e encontram-se várias espécies, entre elas o araçazeiro, a groselheira, a figueira, a faia e a urze. Na ribeira veem-se pequenas cascatas ao longo do percurso.
    Quando se encontra uma bifurcação, com ligação ao trilho da Praia da Viola, atravessa-se para a margem esquerda da ribeira para se apreciar mais azenhas. Então, regressa-se à margem direita e inicia-se a subida da encosta com lindas vistas panorâmicas sobre o desfiladeiro e a orla costeira.

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    Fontanário e Pias de Lavar Roupa

    by Avieira67 Updated Sep 25, 2014

    This fontanário - fountain, dating back from 1887, and the pias de lavar roupa - washing clothes tanks were used, at the past, to get water and to wash the clothes. Both fountain and tanks were renovated recently and they shouldn't not missed when you visit the Port of Capelas.
    To reach the place, turn left on the entrance to the Port. Then, follow the trail. On the way, you have great views over the Porto & Morro, and will cross an wooden bridge over a torrent.
    The trail is easy and can be done in about half an hour.

    Este fontanário, que data de 1887, e as pias de lavar roupa eram usados antigamente para se obter água e lavar roupa. Quer o fontanário, quer as pias foram restaurados recentemente e não deviam ser ignorados aquando da sua visita ao Porto das Capelas.
    Para alcançar o lugar, vire à esquerda da entrada para o porto e siga o trilho. Ao longo deste, tem lindas vistas sobre o Porto e o Morro, e atravessará uma ponte de madeira sobre uma torrente.
    O trilho é fácil e pode ser feito em cerca de meia hora.

    Ponto de partida e de chegada
    Entrada para o porto

    Starting & Ending Point
    Entrance to the Port.

    Localização
    Vila das Capelas

    Location
    Capelas Village

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    Trilho do Agrião

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 5, 2014

    This trail starts in Povoação village and ends in Ribeira Quente village. It takes about 3 hours.

    Este trilho inicia-se na vila da Povoação e termina na freguesia da Ribeira Quente. Demora cerca de 3 horas.

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    Trilho do Salto do Cabrito

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 5, 2014

    This trail starts close to the Geothermic Central of Pico Vermelho, near Lagoa do Fogo Restaurant, and ends at Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande.

    Este trilho inicia-se junto à Central Geotérmica do Pico Vermelho, ao pé do Restaurante Lagoa do Fogo, e termina nas Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande.

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    Cerrado dos Bezerros

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 5, 2014

    This park has an area of about 10 ha and is located at about 500 m of altitude. A wide variety of plants and flowers can be found here. As many other forest parks in the Island, it has a recreation area, including places for barbecue. It is a park well known among locals for picnics, especially in Summer.
    This park is located at the village of Ponta Garça, Vila Franca de Campo municipality, on the way to Furnas village.

    Este parque tem uma área de aproximadamente 10 hectares e situa-se a uma altitude de cerca de 550 m. Tem uma grande variedade de plantas e flores e, como os demais parques florestais da ilha, possui uma zona de lazer onde não faltam lugares apropriados para se fazerem churrascos. É muito visitado no verão para merendas ao ar livre.
    Localiza-se na freguesia de Ponta Garça, concelho de Vila Franca do Campo, na estrada regional a caminho das Furnas.

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    Trilho do Chá Gorreana

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 5, 2014

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    This circular trail begins and ends at the Gorreana tea factory. In my sincere opinion it is not worth the effort to go as far as the viewing point (miradouro) and then return back. I advise you just to walk around the tea plantations.

    Este trilho circular inicia-se e termina na fábrica de chá da Gorreana. Na minha opinião, não vale a pena o esforço que se faz para se alcançar o miradouro e só depois regressar à fábrica. Aconselho-vos a caminharem apenas nos campos cultivados de chá.

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    Caloura

    by Avieira67 Updated May 26, 2014

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    This characteristic place, among vineyards protected by stone walls, is located in Água de Pau village. Here one can find a picturesque fishing port on a narrow creek, and a swimming-pool at the end of the breakwater. Going to the other side, where is located the hotel, one can find a beach.
    From the old main road, there is a view point from where we have a great view over the place.

    Places to visit:
    1. Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição. This monument, an interesting example of Baroque architecture, is integrated in the monastery of Recollects (Calouras) and was founded in the 17th century. Façade and interior are covered with glazed tiles Chancel, retable with funny angels with thick moustaches. Glazed tile portraits of Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint Philip Nery. Statues are attributed to a French sculptor who, with his son, lived among the Recollects of Franciscan monks. Altars come with carved woodwork, and tombstones with poetical inscriptions. Interesting gratings carved out of the store of the lateral façade. Churchyard with a bucolic atmosphere and leafy trees Ruins of former fortifications.
    2. Fort Nossa Senhora da Conceição. This fortress was built in the 17th century to defend the harbour.
    3. If you are interesed in art, you should not miss a visit to the Cultural Centre.

    Take the first route on your right side after passing Água de Pau Square.

    All Varela buses coming from Ponta Delgada to Povoação and Vila Franca do Campo pass Água de Pau village. Get off at Praça de Água de Pau.

    Church of Nossa Senhora da Concei����o Church of Nossa Senhora da Concei����o

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    Trilho do Feno

    by Avieira67 Updated May 26, 2014

    Este trilho circular inicia-se e termina no centro da freguesia dos Fenais da Ajuda, no concelho da Ribeira Grande.
    Para viajar de Ponta Delgada ou da Ribeira Grande para os Fenais da Ajuda, utilizando os transportes públicos, apanhe a caminoneta CRP com destino ao Nordeste.

    This circular trail begins and ends at the centre of the Civil Parish of Fenais da Ajuda, in Ribeira Grande municipality.
    To travel from both Ponta Delgada and Ribeira Grande to Fenais da Luz, by public transportation, catch the CRP coach that goes to Nordeste.

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    Salto do Prego & Sanguinho

    by Avieira67 Updated May 26, 2014

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    Na freguesia do Faial da Terra, vai descobrir o Sanguinho, um lugar que parou no tempo.
    Todos os habitantes deste lugar migraram e emigraram há alguns anos. Atualmente, as casas abandonadas estão sendo restauradas e adaptadas para o turismo.
    O Salto do Prego e o Sanguinho, localizados a 1.8 km e 1.0 km, respectivamente, do Faial da Terra, podem ser visitados mediante uma caminhada de nível médio de dificuldade. Siga a montante da ribeira para encontrar as indicações do trilho.
    O transporte público para o Faial da Terra é assegurado pelas companhias CRP, Linha 115, e Varela, Linha 326. A melhor maneira de se chegar à freguesia, de autocarro, é a partir da Povoação.


    In the village of Faial da Terra, you will find Sanguinho, a place where the time stopped. In Sanguinho all inhabitants migrated and emigrated some years ago. Nowadays the adandoned houses are being rebuilted and adapted for tourism.
    Prego's Waterfall and Sanguinho, located 1.8 km and 1.0 Km, respectivelly, from Faial da Terra can be visited making a medium difficult trekking. Go up to the river to look for information about the trail.

    Public transportation to Faial da Terra is provided by both CRP Company , Line 115, and Varela Company, Line 326. Faial da terra is best reached by bus from Povoação village.

    VISITA DE 1 DIA - DAY TRIP
    Ponta Delgada - Povoação
    09:00 - 10:50*
    Povoação - Faial da Terra
    13:30 - 13:50**
    Faial da Terra - Povoação
    14:10 - 14:30**
    Povoação - Ponta Delgada
    16:00 - 17:45**
    17:00 - 18:45***

    Não dá para visitar a freguesia - You have no time to visit the village!

    *Diariamente - Daily
    **Segunda-feira (2ª) a sexta-feira (6ª) - Monday to Friday
    ***Sábado e domingo - Saturday and Sunday

    Salto do Prego

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    Rocha da Relva

    by Avieira67 Updated May 26, 2014

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    Este lugar de vinhas localiza-se a cerca de 6 km de Ponta Delgada.
    Se seguir a estrada regional que vai de Ponta Delgada para a freguesia da Relva, a cerca de 2 km depois de passar o aeroporto encontrará um miradouro, no seu lado esquerdo, com vista sobre a Relva e o mar. O trilho da Rocha da Relva inicia-se a cerca de 1.5 km daí, mas os veículos podem ir até ao parque de estacionamento. A partir deste ponto, desça à direita em direção ao mar.
    A companhia AVM assegura a ligação de camioneta entre Ponta Delgada e a Relva, através das linhas 200, 203 & 206. A linha 200 termina na Relva e não vai até ao miradouro.

    This place of vineyards is located about 6km from Ponta Delgada.
    Following the regional route which goes from Ponta Delgada to Relva village, about 2 km after passing the airport you will reach a viewing point, on your left side, over Relva and the sea. The Rocha da Relva trail begins about 1.5 km from there, but vehicles may go as far as the parking. From this point, walk down to your right side towards the sea.
    AVM company provides coach connection between Ponta Delgada and Relva through the lines 200, 203 & 206. Line 200 ends at Relva and does not go as far as the viewing point.

    Rocha da Relva Viewing point over Relva

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    Ferraria

    by Avieira67 Updated May 24, 2014

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    A well furnished thermal centre, with a café and a restaurant, offers therapeutic treatments made by a team of profissionals.
    Besides the thermal centre, there is a natural hot swimming pool in the ocean you can use for free. At this place, changing rooms, bathrooms and public showers are available.
    Nowadays the route is very good, and you can go down to the sea level by car.
    Ferraria is located at the southwest side of the island in Ginetes village.

    Day trip by bus from Ponta Delgada:
    Take line buses 205 or 206 at the bus stop close to the Tourist Post Office (same side), going to Sete Cidades or Mosteiros villages. You must get off at Ginetes village church. From there, you have a long walk until you reach Ferraria, maybe 3 km.

    Please note: the sea water is warm while the tide is low!

    Thermal Centre Ferraria Ferraria Thermal Centre Swimming Pool

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    Lagoa do Congro

    by Avieira67 Updated Apr 13, 2014

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    The only maar lake in São Miguel Island.
    This small lake is located at the centre of the island, a few kilometres from Vila Franca do Campo.
    Take the route crossing the Island from the South to the North.

    There is no public transportation available to this lake!

    Lagoa do Congro Lagoa do Congro

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    The giant ghost hotel in the clouds.

    by cachaseiro Written May 1, 2012

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    High up on one of the vulcanoes on Sao Miguel you have a big hotel.
    The place was build many years ago by someone who did not realise that the weather conditions up on top of this vulcano is not ideal for a hotel as the place is coverd in clouds most of the time and it rains a hell of a lot there.
    The hotel was build and furniture put in, but the place went bankrupt before it ever got started and now it has been sitting as an empty shell for many years.
    There is still furniture there and the old offices still have paper in them with old bills and you can walk freely around it all as the place is not closed off to the public yet.
    This is really one of the more weird sights of the island, but it´s quite interesting to walk through this huge place that was once build as a luxury hotel and is now just a ruin that looks like something out of a horror movie.
    Using the place to shoot a horror movie is actually just about the only thing i could see the place being used for these days.
    Go and visit this odd sight before the goverment tears it down for security reasons.
    It´s located by the viewpoint clled "Vista do rei" where you are overlooking "Sete cidades".

    The ghost hotel on Sao Miguel island. Inside the ghost hotel. Inside the ghost hotel.
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    Whale watching points.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 19, 2011

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    Around the island you have several watchout places for whales.
    They used to be used by the whale hunters who would have persons stationes there to see if there were any passing whales in the waters, but these days they are used by the companies that takes people whale watching and then they call the people on the boats and give them directions when they take people out to study whales and dolphins.
    I think it´s nice that they did not have to take them down when the whale hunting stopped in 1986, but that they can now use them for some other useful purpose and they are also part of the islands history.

    Former whale hunting lookout.
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    • Whale Watching

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    Miradouro de Santa Iria.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 16, 2011

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    Santa Iria is my favorite viewpoint on the northern part of Sao Miguel.
    It´s located a little east of Ribeira Grande and shows you some of the nicest coastline on the northn shores of Sao Miguel.
    There is quite a bit of parking space there and the place also have public toilets so the services there are pretty good.
    It makes a really good stop if you are touring the northern part of Sao Miguel.
    Santa Irira was also the site of a big naval battle in 1831 when Portugal had a civil war raging and there is a little memorial for that too at the viewpoint.

    Miradouro Santa Iria. Miradouro Santa Iria.
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