Situated on the North coast of the island of São Miguel, Ribeira Grande presents a relief dominated by volcanic massif of serra de Água de Pau, whose boiler is located in lagoa do Fogo. Its volcanic origin is manifested by the presence of fumaroles at Caldeira Velha and the Boilers of Ribeira Grande. The first inhabitants settled in the last quarter of the 15th century, the north face, crossed by the ribeira Grande, attracted by the designated geographical and natural conditions of the site. It is the third most populous municipality in the archipelago, having been elevated to the city June 29, 1981. There are several sites that deserve prominence in the municipality, namely, tea plantations Gorreana and Porto Formoso. At the factory of liquors of Eduardo Ferreira & Children are produced various types of liqueurs, particularly the passion fruit and the wine with the brand "Capote's wife". From April to June are the feasts of the Holy Spirit, the most traditional of the archipelago. Although they differ from place to place, all have as background the coronation of an emperor, the day which are distributed offerings of bread, meat and wine to the needy.
What to do in Ribeira Grande
An area of great beauty with a rough relief. It is composed of a brook with small reservoirs, hot water spings in waterfalls, fumaroles and rocks. This area is classed as a Regional National Monument.
Reserva Natural da Lagoa do Fogo
A large lagoon, with crystal clear waters surrounded by a lovely, quite peaceful landscape. This area is classed as a Natural Reservation.
Inaugurated in 1933, the Theatre Ribeiragrandense is the most important theatre at Ribeira Grande. Its imposing looks of a building of the first half of the 20th century still remains a reference and a remarkable presence in the main artery …
A restaurant that stands out for its magnificent sea views and for the bold architectural style of São Miguel. A pleasant and comfortable space that serves regional dishes with an international touch.
Casa das Calhetas
18th-century manor situated on the North coast of the island of São Miguel. Has only three rooms and provides a unique, panoramic view over the sea, the Serra da Lagoa de Fogo, and the Centenary Garden of the House.
Quinta de Santana
Typical Azorean farm Homestead, which has seven rooms comfortable and modern rooms and 3 bungalows. There is also a pleasant garden where they grow tropical flowers and fruit trees, a swimming pool, a gym and a children's playground.
Solar de Lalém
It is a former residence of morgados, located between the sea and the hills, offering breathtaking views. Offers comfortable rooms where the historic ambience of the place remains, breakfast room, bar, lounge and dining area, terrace, garden and swimming pool.
Percurso Pedestre da Caldeira Velha
Routing with a dense vegetation along the way. Arriving at Caldeira Velha, classified as a national monument, you can enjoy the beautiful Natural surroundings and warm and clear waters. There is a boiler with boiling water which must not approach, …
Vale das Lombadas
Route between the Ribeira Grande and Lombadas Valley, passing by the Boilers of Ribeira Grande, the waterfall of the goat and Leap by Dam da Fajã do Redondo. Along the way you can see magnificent panoramic views of the sea …
Praia do Areal de Santa Bárbara
A beach with crystal clear waters and a rather small stretch of sand, with green hills.
Praia da Ribeira Grande
A beach with a wide stretch of sand and crystal clear waters, surrounded by rocks and dunes that compose a dark cover.
Praia de Porto Formoso
Small beach of clear waters and sandy beaches of black sand, where you can sunbathe and riding in small boats.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Estrela
Chiesa Madre (mother church) dating from 1517 and dedicated to the Purification of the Blessed Virgin. In the sacristy, highlighting the parts of the Treasury, of great historical value. Highlight is the Capela dos Santos Reis Magos, also inside.
Ponte da Ribeira Grande
The bridge of eight arches, which is represented in the coat of arms of the city, crosses the river that will recede to the Atlantic Ocean and which gives its name to the municipality. Is one of the ex-libris of …
Fábrica de Chá da Gorreana
Durante muito tempo a Ilha de São Miguel era o único ponto da Europa onde se fabricava chá. A Fábrica de Chá Gorreana iniciou a plantação de chá em 1874, mas foi só em 1883 que o primeiro chá saiu …
Fábrica de Chá de Porto Formoso
Durante muito tempo a Ilha de São Miguel era o único ponto da Europa onde se fabricava chá. A Fábrica de Chá Porto Formoso foi fundada por Amâncio Machado Faria e Maia e laborou entre os anos 20 e os …
Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande
A calm, peaceful place, known as an area where several volcanic phenomena, namely fumaroles, take place. There is an old 17th century thermal building.
Mulher do Capote
A fábrica de licores Eduardo Ferreira & Filhos, mais conhecida como "Mulher do Capote", produz os famosos licores típicos de São Miguel. Maracujá, ananás, banana e limão são alguns dos licores de frutos produzidos. Também poderá encontrar brandy de maracujá, …
Where to eat in Ribeira Grande
Portuguese, Regional, Seafood restaurant
A restaurant that stands out for its magnificent sea views and for the bold architectural style of …
Contemporary, Japanese, Portuguese
Logo em frente ao restaurante há um quilómetro de praia privativa, com as ondas a embalarem as refe…
Este é, provavelmente, o melhor local em todo o arquipélago para comer a genuína carne açoriana. De…
In the restaurant Cantinho do Cais, in Ribeira Grande, despite the vast letter, is fish sauce makes…
In this restaurant, also a cafe on the lower floor, one may enjoy th excellent fresh fish of the is…
Nice restaurant serving good micaelense dishes, especially fish and seafood.
Typical House, simple and familiar, whose specialities are barbecued dishes.
Where to sleep in Ribeira Grande
Farm dating from the early 17TH century, located south of the village of Rabo de Peixe, just fifteen minutes drive from Ponta Delgada airport. Over three hundr…
De qualquer um dos 14 quartos a vista é a da praia privativa e da ilha de São Miguel. Espalhada pelos socalcos do terreno e rodeadas por um enorme manto verde …
This estate produces-if, since 1920, tea, honey, potatoes, corn, milk and butter. Guests can participate in agricultural activities and livestock from this sit…
Near Ribeira Grande
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Situated in the eastern part of the southern coast of the island of São Miguel, the municipality of the village is bounded by the municipalities of t…
Situated on the southern coast of the island of São Miguel, in the bottom of the main crater of serra de Água de Pau volcanic complex, Lagoa is one o…
Vila Franca do Campo
Situated on the southern coast of the island of São Miguel, the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo is bordered to the Northeast by the municipality…