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Island To See

Island To See

Sao Jorge island with oblong shape and rugged coastline, has a mountain range through it's length, reaching its highest point at Pico da Esperança (1053 m). The perfect place to spot the other islands of the Triangle - The Azores.

Its land, predominantly pasture, offers panoramic views of great value, which can be admired from the road bordered by hydrangeas and heather trees.

The "fajãs" can be found on Sao Jorge island both sides, converted into orchards and fertile farmland with beautiful dragon trees and tropical fruits. The "Fajã de Santo Cristo", in Ribeira Seca, has a lake that is the only place in the Azores where clams grow. Considered a natural reserve, it deserves a visit. In the eastern tip of the island, visit Topo Islet.

There, you can find some examples of indigenous flora and a large concentration of sea birds, whether migratory or resident, and it's one of the biggest nesting gulls in the Central Group of the archipelago.

Algar Montoso is a huge cave where you can try the thrilling experience of diving into the depths of the earth, but it requires a guide and proper equipment.

Velas is a charming town where some of the houses testify the nobility of its past. Town Hall building is one of the most important buildings of Velas and a rare example of the Azorean baroque.

Velas church was built by will of Infante D. Henrique and has a rich collection of religious art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Its main altar, carved and gilded, is worthy to figure in all the finest examples of Portuguese religious art. 

The Church of St. Francisco, also in Velas, as a porch and mantels made with the island black stone.

Santa Barbara church, built in the eighteenth century, is one of the most beautiful baroque religious buildings in the Azores. The gold leaf, cedar ceiling with images of Sao Jorge and the Holy Spirit, the six panels of tiles portraying the life of Santa Barbara and paintings representing scenes from the life of Christ are some of the most important relics of the temple.

Urzelina is a picturesque seaside village, rebuilted after the volcanic eruption of 1808.

Topo was the first populated location of the island. Visit "Casa dos Tiagos", a seventeenth-century building considered a great example of the noble architecture of the island.

Museum of Sacred Art annexed to the parish church of Sao Jorge, has an interesting collection of sacred images.

Ethnographic Museum keeps objects and tools that were used in the daily life of the island. There, you can find the instruments of daily labor, such as an ox- cart axle mobile or an "Atafona", used to grind the grain.The manufacture of bread and pork slaughter are represented in all its phases, like all the instruments used to make linen and wool fabrics.

Fragueira, near Faja dos Vimes, is the hometown of Francisco Lacerda (1869-1934) the famous portuguese conducter and composer.

Museums, Churches and other historical buildings

Sacred Art Museum

Velas Church

Velas Town Hall

St. Francisco Church

Santa Barbara Church

Casa dos Tiagos

Sao Jorge Church

Ethnographic Museum

Ecomuseum and Natural Park House

Sao Jorge Natural parks and special ecological areas

Macelas Forest Park

Sete Fontes Forest Park

Silveira Forest Park

Pico do Areeiro Forest Reserve

Pico da Esperança Forest Reserve

Topo Islet and adjacent coast

Faja da Lagoa da Caldeira de Santo Cristo

Pico do Carvão Forest Reserve

Pico das Caldeirinhas Forest Reserve


Furna da Preguiça


Três Bocas

Furna do Pombal

Algar Montoso

Algar dos Suspiros I e II

Furna do Polo

Ribeira do Almeida


Ribeira Seca

Algar do Pico da Maria Pires

Furna da Vigia I e II

Lomba do Gato



Algar do Morro Pelado

Furna da Recta da Cruz

Canada do Pedroso

Cerrado dos Algares


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