After breakfast with my "local" brother in law, we went to "Portas do Mar" (Sea Doors) for a stroll along the ocean and to have a look at the marina.
Whale-watching and dolphin cruises depart from here also.
|A mural near Portas do Mar|
|left to right - my sister, Uncle, my daughter, niece, Aunt, husband's brother, my sister's husband, my husband and myself|
After lunch, the Uncle and Aunt went home and we promised we would go past their house for a quick visit after our visit to the Lagoa do Fogo, (Fire Lagoon).
Located in the centre of the island of Sao Miguel, this is the second biggest lagoon of the island, also located inside a volcanic crater.
Probably the prettiest of the islands natural attractions, this lagoon is about 2km long and 1km wide and is surrounded by a high mountain and lush green vegetation.
The island of Sao Miguel is called the "Green Island" for all it's vegetation.
If you like hiking you can go down to the lake through very uneven steps until you reach the sandy beaches. On the north side, halfway up the crater there is a natural pool with a cascade with warm sulphurous water (38C) in which you can bathe the whole year.
|Views over small towns from one of the look-outs|
|The beaches below - can you see a lone walker in an orange top down there?|
It was time to descend the mountain and go to Porto Formoso, on the north side of the island, to visit one of the two tea plantation. This is the only place in Europe where tea is cultivated due the area's micro climate.
There are two factories in the area are- Porto Formoso, the one we visited and Gorreana.
It was almost closing time, but the lady was kind enough to show us a 10 min video presentation and then walk us through the machinery used in tea production.
Afterwards you get served a cup of tea in the kitchen or terrace and you can buy packets of tea as well.
View from the tea factory down to the sea and surrounding villages
|Pots, teas and old outfits at the Tea Museum|
It was close to 8pm, and time for all of us to go and have dinner, (yes we were going to eat again!) at my ex-sister in law's house, just 5 minutes away.
|View from the terrace over the city|
|Pineapple stand at the market|
|Fresh fish at the market|
|Views from the restaurant|
|Some of the dishes we ate|
Try the "Queijadas do Morgaado" a try too, moist pastries typical from the island
After lunch it was time to drive to the Airport, hand in the rented car and check-in.
When we thought we should be embarking we were unfortunately told that the plane they were expecting to land from another island, had a mechanical fault.
So another plane was request to come from Lisbon, blowing our waiting time by another 4 or 5 hours! So we spent the time talking and playing cards until it was time to depart.
The time wasted was a pity as we could have been in the city doing some sightseeing...
Our stay was wonderful, the hotel was great, the food was delicious, the scenery fantastic, the flowers were beautiful - pity that the Hydrangeas were only starting to bloom,(I managed to find a couple like the white one in the middle) as when they are in full bloom the island looks even prettier.
All in all a fantastic and relaxing holiday.
I hope that I managed to persuade you to visit the Azores.
|Flowers seen around the island|
|Map of Sao Miguel - Seven Cities Lagoon on the left, Fire Lagoon in the middle and Furnas where the cozido is made to the right. Ponta Delgada, the capital is on the coast where the plane is.|
Wednesday 4, and Thursday 5 March 2015