This lake, included in a nature reserve, forming the volcanic complex called Fogo, is the most recent crater on the island with the last eruption in June 1563.
There is a narrow path leading down to the lake and many protected plant species can be seen on the way down.
From the viewing point you have a good perspective of the lake, but it's better from the top of the mountain - Pico da Barrosa.
This is an area where one can find bubbling hot springs encompassed by a lush grove of trees.
The Thermal Centre is nowadays closed for modernization.
The Caldeiras Snack-Bar Restaurant offers you a variety of local food and, if you book in advance, you can enjoy the "Cozido à Portuguesa" cooked in the spots around the hotspring.
This mother church was sanctified in 1517 and dedicated to the Purification of the Holy Virgin. The interior consists of three naves, and the Chapel of the Three Kings, which is decortated in painting, is putstanding, as is Chapel of Santíssimo with valuable carving. The treasure can be fount in the sacristy, which includes some notables pieces such as the 16th century flemish triptych of painting on wood. In the upper choir, a great work of art can be found: Arcano*, it is a display of hundreds of tiny figures, moulded from bread crumbs, gum arabic and albumen, set at various levels and representing scenes from Old and New Testament. All these pieces were sculpted by Sister Clarissa Margarida do Apocalipse in the 19th century.
*Nowadays, this work of art can be found in Casa do Arcano Museum.
Here, in front of the church of São Pedro (Ribeira Seca), you find the remains of a 16th century fountain visible below ground level and one of the few remains of the town destroyed by the volcanic eruption in 1563.
This monument is a notable example of the 17th century baroque architecture, this church contains statuary and relics from 17th and 18th centuries. Brother Agostinho de Mont'Alverne (17th-18th century), an Azorean chronicler, lived here.
This beautiful building from the 16th and 17th centuries, is a good example of the civil Azorean architecture. There is a collection of portraits of the Chiefs of State from the days of D. Maria II to the present. On the corner of the adjoining house, there is a Manueline window dating back from the 16th century.
Mulher de Capote is a manufacturer of liqueurs and different sorts of brandy. Specialities pineapple and passionfruit brandy (passion fruit = maracuja). Also honey and jams and jellies of a variety of berries. But the variety of bottle and jar shapes is remarkable: you can buy your poison in most peculiar bottles. Interesting. We got to taste before deciding what to buy, which was nice.
This parish church, which is located in Ribeira Seca, is linked to the traditional festivity Cavalhadas. It was built in the 16th century and restored in the 18th, and houses a valuable 16th century statue of its patron saint.
Mother church from the 16.th century. Valuable interior. Do not miss the "arcano" (see my second photo here): hundred of tiny figures made from bread, representing scene from the Old and New Testament. They were made in the 19th century by Sister Clarissa Margarida do Apocalipse.
This museum is housed in the manor house of São Vicente Ferrer dating back before 1725, beloging to the sergeant-mor of Ribeira Grande, Francisco de Arruda e Sá.
In this museum, visitors are invited to explore this notable monument, especially the Baroque wooden altar-pice in its chapel, where there is a statue dedicated to Saint Vicent Ferrer, and the well known ethnographical mechanical nativity Scene among ethnographical and ornamental tile collections.
Monday to Friday
8:30 - 12:30
This religious building is one of the most impressive examples of the 17th century Azorean baroque period.
Parish church built in the 16th century, linked to the festivity "Cavalhadas de São Pedro", dedicated to St. Peter (29th June).