Povoação

Leaving the Furnas valley towards the south­east, the town of “Povoação”, can be seen from the look-out point of “Lomba do Cavaleiro” with its’ seven plains fanning out like a star. Povoação was the area first settled after the discovery of the island. Of special interest are the following: 

  • The oldest Chapel on the island, the “San­ta Barbara” Chapel, constructed during the 15th century, along with the “Matriz Velha” Church, constructed on the ocean side next to the beach where the first settlers of São Miguel disembarked, are both important con­tributors to the architectural heritage of Pov­oação. 
  • The “Pico Longo” viewpoint, opposite to the “Lombo do Cavaleiro”, offers another panora­ma of “Povoação” and its’ seven plains. 
  • The Museu do Trigo is located between Lom­ba do Alcaide and Lomba do Loução. A joint venture between the Municipality of Povoação and the University of the Azores this remod­eled and restored museum exhibits tools, utensils and machinery helping to preserve the traditions of the people and illustrate the importance of the cereal industry in the area. Povoação was once considered the cereal belt of the island. A shop on the premises sells local regional handicrafts and gifts while a coffee shop offers some local refreshments and treats. 
  • “Faial da Terra” and “Àgua Retorta” are two small, but interesting parishes found on the coast between Povoação and Nordeste. The landscape which surrounds these towns must be observed. 
  • Sanguinho is a deserted town located in the parish of Faial da Terra. In the 1970’s aprox­imately 200 people lived in 20 houses which are presently in ruins. It is a beautiful area in its´ most natural state. Presently a tourist set­tlement is in the planning stage for the area. 
  • The walking trail known as the Ribeira do Faial da Terra runs between Labaçal and San­guinho. This pleasant and and shaded trail makes for an enjoyable hike.