“Miradouro” is a beautiful word in the Portuguese language, a word that leaves us breathless and transfixed on a spot for a long time. We watch and watch and get filled with happiness. This word is just as beautiful as “obrigado”( thank you). “Miradouro” means a beautiful view and all over Portugal the word features on special signs, directing visitors to spots commanding incredible views. They don’t have to be very high. “Miradouro” signs prepared our imagination for a new picture before our eyes, often stunning with their colours and open spaces. Written on a sign and accompanied by a directing arrow, the word “miradouro” turned us into seekers of views.
During our trip to the Azores, we tried amazing tastes; fish from the ocean; local teas; liqueurs made after hundred-year-old traditions; we got soaked in heavy rain; engulfed by thick fog; scorched by hot sun; we saw an old hat shop the locals considered equal to the Louvre and nicknamed it The Louvre of Sao Miguel only to turn it later in a chocolaterie serving the best cake we have ever tried. And yet, the sweetest experience in those five days in the Azores were the moments we sat on the grass and filled our eyes with the beauty of the views around us.
Sao Miguel is one of the greenest, most hospitable and least commercialized tourist locations. If there is Heaven on Earth, part of it is right here. It’s a paradise in various shades of green. It is also heavenly in the peace and calm people exude and in the nature, which these same people preserve.
See our nine favourite Miradouros on the Island of Sao Miguel, the Azores…
Miradouro da Bela Vista
Miradouro de Santa Iria
Miradouro do Cerrado das Freiras
Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego
Moinho do Pico Vermelho
Miradouro do Pico Vermelho
Merendario da Volta do Salto