São Miguel Island: from Povoação to Nordeste


Hello my firends! I would like to invite you to visit the eastern part of the island. Sometimes you need lots of patience when you drive around the island.

Today we start in Povoação and finish in Nordeste. Here is a picture of the map, showing Furnas, the lake Furnas, Vara (the highest summit on the island, 1103), and the two towns we are about to see.


Povoação, what a lovely, quiet town near the ocean, with beautiful views and streets. See for yourself:


My husband always smiles and looks enthusiastic in the morning. It is later, after 1pm that he refuses to pose for the pictures.


This monument is in memory of the first settler who landed here in 1432.



Look at this, two familiar statues. I found out today, that many towns organize similar processions as the one we saw in Furnas – Senhor dos Passos. They take place on different Sundays of the Lent. It is an important tradition in Portugal.


Many churches are decorated with azulejos. It is a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tile work.  IMG_8900




Now we start to drive towards Nordeste: windy  road, not many tourist, beautiful views!




This beautiful spot is a viewpoint: Ponta da Madrugada. Sometimes I have an impression that the entire island is one big garden.


A small town in a distance with its fields and gardens, located on a cliff. The Atlantic Ocean is right behind the church.

And now, four pictures from Nordeste:




And, inside the church, the two statues ready for the procession of Our Lord of the Steps (Wikipedia’s translation)


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  1. Wendy Caruso
    March 15, 2017 at 8:52 am — Reply

    Thank you Joanna for always sharing!
    I enjoy seeing the world through your eyes.
    Love Wendy

    • March 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm — Reply

      Thank you Wendy for traveling with us. I am glad we are in touch. Have a great March Break!!!!

  2. Basia
    March 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm — Reply


  3. Liz Maple
    March 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm — Reply

    What a fabulous trip you are having! You always take such wonderful photos. I always want to go where you go! Have fun. And safe travels home on the weekend.

    • March 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm — Reply

      Thank you Liz for your kind words. It truly is a great place. Thank you for your help with Fair Trade.

  4. Bozena Stoch
    March 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm — Reply


  5. Christina
    March 16, 2017 at 10:46 am — Reply

    Gorgeous! Love the palm trees and ocean views.


    • March 16, 2017 at 10:48 am — Reply

      Thank you Christina.

  6. Pulcheria
    March 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    Enjoying all the visual images. Simply beautiful.

    • March 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm — Reply

      Thank you Pulcheria, I am glad you are with me!

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