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What to visit in Nordeste (São Miguel Island, Azores)

First of all, the northeast of the Azores is one of the most beautiful natural oases on the island of São Miguel. In a nutshell, Nordeste is a village located in the easternmost part of São Miguel. Then, it’s time to explore the beautiful village of Nordeste, with touching viewpoints, natural parks, unforgettable landscapes and tempting waterfalls covered by Macaronesian vegetation.

Vila do Nordeste

Firstly, passing through the small “Vila do Nordeste” (Northeast village) is mandatory. In this sense, it is here that the most valuable architectural heritage is located, dominated by the Igreja Matriz de São Jorge (Saint George’s Church) and the Ponte dos 7 Arcos (Bridge of the 7 Arches), one of the most beautiful in the archipelago. So, if you want to visit the Northeast, try the hottest months of the year, as the village is very flowery and full of colors.

Ribeira dos Caldeirões Park

Next, this is one of the most sought after locations in the Northeast. In this sense, the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Park attracts more and more tourists due to its stunning flora. It is here that you can observe the impressive variety of Macaronesian flora, together with a landscape composed of hydrangeas and cryptomerias. In addition, here you can also find a fascinating waterfall and natural lake. In short, this is the ideal frame for your photographs!

Arnel Lighthouse and Ponta do Arnel Viewpoint

During your visit, you should also visit Farol do Arnel (Arnel Lighthouse), in the extreme northeast of the island of São Miguel. This was the first lighthouse implemented in the Azores archipelago, in 1876, and it still receives visitors today. In this way, you will also be able to know the history of the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper activity. Enjoy and let yourself be dazzled by the fantastic view from the Ponta do Arnel Viewpoint.

Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada viewpoints

Finally, for those looking for breathtaking landscapes, these two are close to each other and are mandatory stops. Firstly, the Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint got its name due to the peace that can be breathed in the place. Surrounded by lush gardens, from this viewpoint you can see Fajã do Araújo, Praia do Lombo Gordo, Ponta da Marquesa and Ponta da Madrugada. Likewise, the Ponta da Madrugada Viewpoint is absolutely fascinating. It is said that this is where you can catch a glimpse of the best sunrise on the entire island! In addition, in this place there are leisure and picnic areas, surrounded by flower gardens of various species.

So, if you are thinking of visiting the northeast of the island of São Miguel, book a tour with us! Our tour to the Northeast is conducted by a local guide and includes insurance for the visit, as well as lunch and drinks along the way. Find out more on our website!