Ilha de São Miguel Off The Beaten Path

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    Miradouro Pisao.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 16, 2011

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    Miradouro Pisao is my favorite viewpoint on the soth coast of Sao Miguel.
    It´s located in between Vila France and Agua de Pau and you have a really nice view of the rugged coastline from there.
    If you happen to drive along the south coast of Sao Mihuel then i recommend that you make a stop there to enjoy the scenery.
    The viewpoint has good parking facilities.

    The view from Miradouro Pisao. Miradouro Pisao. Miradouro Pisao.
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    The chapel of nossa senhora da paz.

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 1, 2010

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    The chapel of nossa senhora da paz is located high over Vila Franca and is a small chapel that looks like a copy of "Bom jesus do monte" on the portugese mainland.
    It´s a pretty little chapel though with a very nice stairway up to it and the hike up there is really nice and will make you sweat in a healthy way.
    You can drive up there but i highly recommend that you walk up there as it´s a really nice hike.

    The chapel of nossa senhora da paz. Nossa senhora da paz seen from the distance.
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    Salto do cavalo.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 25, 2010

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    Salto do cavalo is one of the best viewpoints on the island and located on the center/east point of the island.
    From there you can see both coasts on the island and you are looking right down on the Furnas village from there.

    Salto do cavalo. Salto do cavalo.
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    Caldeira Velha.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 25, 2010

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    Caldeira Velha is a small spring/waterfall up a little dirt road.
    It´s located in between Ribeira Grande and Lagoa do Fogo and is a small stream with a warm water waterfall where you also have a little pool that is popular for swimming.
    It´s a real pretty little place to stop if you are heading up to the viewpoint at Lagoa do Fogo.

    Caldeira Velha. Caldeira Velha.
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    Ilheu da Vila Franca.

    by cachaseiro Updated Oct 13, 2010

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    Ilheu da Vila Franca is a small island just off the south coast of Sao Miguel and it´s the remains of a vulcano and the crater is linked to the sea so you have seawater in the middle of theisland and it´s a popular place to sail out in the summer to go swimming.
    From the distance it looks like a normal island, but if you see it from the top it has the shape of a ring and you can see it if you get close to it.
    It´s located by the village "Vila Franca" and in the summer you have small boats taking people out to the island, so if you are there during summer months then you have the option to visit the island.

    Ilheu da Vila Franca. Ilheu da Vila Franca.
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    Agua de pau.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 12, 2010

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    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.

    Fishing boats in Agua de pau. The harbour in Agua de pau. Agua de pau.

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    Achada.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 12, 2010

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    Achada is located on the north eastern part of Sao Miguel and has a really pretty waterfall aswell as an old watermill that still functions.
    It´s located along the road you will most likely take if you are going back to the center of the island after visiting Nordeste and it makes a perfect stop along the way.
    It´s really a pretty little place and you have a little cafe next to the watermill too where you can have a coffee and use the bathroom if you need.

    Achada.
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    Natural heated Swimming pool

    by veliaze Written Jun 7, 2010

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    Have you ever swum in The Atlantic Ocean?
    Have you ever swum in the atlantic Ocean while it´s 27 degrees Celsius?

    If you have answered no on the second question you should go to the Portuguese island São Miguel and Ponta da Ferraria. After a deep descent of about 50-70m on a narrow serpentine gravel road you are actually not thinking of going swimming anymore, your´e just happy about you and your car coming down in one piece.

    After a small walk across the characteristic black lava rocks that surrounds the island you have finally reached your goal of the hot natural swimming pool of ponta da Ferraria. The pool is actually a small lagoon shaped as an ellipse embedded in the black lava rocks with a small opening straight into the atlantic ocean whose waves constantly break across the sharp rocks.

    a hot spring heatens the water in the lagoon up to 27 degrees Celsius (when I swam there) and may even become hotter at some days. The temperature of the water depends strongly on the tide and the best times to go are early in the morning or in the afternoon.

    A word of caution though...
    The currents in the lagoon are quite strong so general precaution should be taken to avoid beeing pulled towards the sharp cliffs.

    Ponta da Ferraria is located at the western point of the Island and is accessible by car. When I was there(2008) the condition of the roads were bad or extremely bad.

    An overview
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    Ceramics Vieira

    by Zirpsis Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Visited this ceramics workshop at the village of Lagoa. Pots, cups, jugs, mugs and vases manufactured locally. Founded in 1862, it's a fairly small family business. It is typical that the pottery is white with blue ornaments and the only original looking thing is the "caped woman" in traditional dress. See picture. You can buy small bottles in that shape. Oh, and also the blue and white street signs you can see all over the towns of this island are made right here.

    Display of old equipment
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    Tea from the Azores

    by Zirpsis Written Feb 27, 2008

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    You can visit the Cha Gorreana tea plantation, see how tea leaves are processed and also buy some locally grown tea (black or green). The plantation was founded in 1883 and its one of the two plantations operating on S.Miguel island. It was very interesting to learn about the process: the picking, withering, rolling, fermentation, drying, selection and packing. A lot of the work is manually done and old equipment still being used.

    I was especially pleased to hear that no insecticides or fungicides are used.

    Tea bushes
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    Walking in the middle of the Atlantic!

    by travelingLJ Written Jul 27, 2007

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    Shortly after passing a stone aqueduct on the road to Sete Cidades, you come to a sign on the right that indicates a hiking trail. You can drive along a paved road until you come to the start of the hiking trial. After a short hike through the forest, you come to a steep concrete path to the top of the caldera overlooking the two lakes. I think this is the most beautiful view in Sao Miguel and it seems to be higher than the viewpoint at Vista do Rei. It's a great spot for a picnic and you can continue hiking along the top of the caldeira if you want.

    Hiking along the top of the
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    Capelas little harbour

    by faq Written Dec 29, 2004

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    At Capelas village, try to follow the signs (almost invisible) that says "porto" or ask for "porto". Mainly, you have to go to the center of the village and, after makind the half-round of the main roundabout, some 100 meters after exiting the roundabout, turn right, following the little "porto" sign.
    You will got a very narrow streed that goes following down the cliff down to the little harbour. Only little cars can pass that street, so, if you have a large car, it's better leave the car upper in the street and walk down the little harbour.
    In that harbour you will get some peace and quiet ambiance near the seaside. In August, surelly, you will see lots of kids divin from hte rock into the sea.

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    Fajã do Calhau

    by Avieira67 Updated Feb 15, 2005

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    A vineyard located between Faial da Terra and Água Retorta.
    Follow the sea coast beginning in Faial da Terra...
    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

    Faj�� do Calhau

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