Ribeira Grande Things to Do
Ribeira Grande has a real nice theater where you do not just have theater plays but also art exhebitions, concerts and various other culturally related things.
The building is real pretty in itself and worth stopping at.
If you wish to see what is going on in the theater while you are in town then it´s mostly dislayed on a board right by the entrance.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel
The town hall in Ribeira Grande has one window that is build in maueline style which is a style that is very unique to Portugal.
This was a style that was created by King Manuek in the 15th century who loved all the new things that the explorers brought home from the new world, so he incorporated them in to the architecture.
That means that manueline style is full of exotic animals, exotic fruits, dragons from China and so on.
There are also many references to the navigators in the manueline style and you see that they use rope instead of pillars in that building style.Related to:
- Historical Travel
The Espirito Santo chuch is a small baroque church on the main square in Ribeira Grande that in my opinion is more scenic than the big church up the hill.
It´s quite peculiar as it has two entrance doors next to each other and the decor inside is quite alternative for a church too.
There is also a monestary connected to the church but it is not in operation and the building is currently standing empty.
But you should pay this nice little church a visit if you happen to come by as it is rather nice.Related to:
- Religious Travel
Ribeira Grande Restaurants
Restaurant Alabote is the best located restaurant in Ribeira Grande, right by the sea overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
I am a very big fan of the place and their excellent fish dishes.
Their food is very local and they have some brilliant fish, cheese and suusage from the island.
Staff there is very friendly and so is the owner.
The place looks a little classy, but the atmosphere is very casual and they even have a little play corner for kids with toys.
Favorite Dish: I really like their fish dishes.
They are not the same every day, but depending on what the local fishermen catch the same day and to me that is one of the best things about the place.
Freshly caught fish from the island and not frozen fish that is several days old before it hits the plate.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
Ribeira Grande Favorites
Favorite thing: Ribeira Grande has a liquor factory called "Mulher de capote" which means "the capote girl" referring to the dress that women used to wear on the island back in the old days.
They produce many types of liquor and also produces brandy and Hard spirits.
They have their factory in the outskirts of ribeira Grande, but they also have a little shop right in the center of Ribeira Grande, just around the corner from the theater and they are very happy to give out free samples of their liquor if you pop by.Related to:
- Wine Tasting