Ribeira Grande Travel Guide

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Ribeira Grande Things to Do

  • Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande

    This is an area where one can find bubbling hot springs encompassed by a lush grove of trees.A traditional Thermal Centre is located here.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.To reach Lombadas Valley take the...

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  • Lagoa do Fogo

    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...

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  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Estrela

    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...

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  • O Museu Municipal

    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...

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  • Liqueur tasting

    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...

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  • Igreja de São Pedro

    Parish church built in the 16th century, linked to the festivity "Cavalhadas de São Pedro", dedicated to St. Peter (29th June).

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  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Estrela

    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.

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  • O Fontenário

    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.

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  • Igreja de São Pedro

    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.

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  • Os Paços do Concelho

    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.

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  • Convento e Igreja de São Francisco

    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.

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  • Igreja do Espírito Santo

    This religious building is one of the most impressive examples of the 17th century Azorean baroque period.

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Ribeira Grande Restaurants

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    by Avieira67 Updated May 22, 2013

    This is not a tourist place, but it is ideal to know genuine local people. This kind of restaurants offers local dishes for a cheap price and good quality.
    This was my first time I had a lunch in this restaurant, but I had a good experience.
    In fact, I was really hungry and I ordered two kind of dishes: bacalhau com grão de bico [codfish with chickpea] and torresmos de vinho de alhos com inhame [chop pork with yam]. As I was along with a friend, she ordered polvo assado [baked ocotpus]. Both of us have found our dishes delicious!

    Favorite Dish: If you like pork, I advise Torresmos de vinho d'alhos com inhame; for fish/seafood, try bacalhau com grão de bico or polvo assado.
    Unfortunately our local red wine [vinho de cheiro] is not very special, but try it.
    As menu changes, just ask the waiter for local dishes.

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Ribeira Grande Local Customs

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    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    This medieval pageant takes place every year on June 29th.
    Different characters like the "King" or "Maioral", "Knights", "Lancers", "Trumpeters", dressed in colourful clothes and riding glittering horses, parade along the streets of the village in the morning of St Peter's Day.

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Ribeira Grande Off The Beaten Path

  • O Vale das Lombadas

    Ony one foot before reaching Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande, on your right site, you have a route which takes you to this valley covered by luxuriant vegetation. This is also the site of the naturally carbonated spring water known as Água das Lombadas.There is a trail from here to Lagoa do FogoThis is a place I like very much to visit!

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  • Caldeira Velha

    This natural swimming pool, served by hot water going down from a waterfall, is located inside a protected landscape on the middle of the route that goes from Ribeira Grande city to Lagoa do Fogo.Public transportatin is not available.More pictures

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