The long and winding road uphill from Remedios has amazing views at the top if there is no fog, though being the highest point of the island, sometimes there is. From the viewpoint there is a beautiful lake where many birds nest and many hiking trails that unfortunately I could not do because of time.
The entire island of Sao Miguel is a large natural garden, but discovering the 2 Sete Cidades Lakes was one of the most lovely things I´ve ever seen. We arrived on a cloudy day, with the clouds hugging the two lakes, and we didn´t miss the sun.
The traditional meal of Furnas is cooked directly on the ground, at a place opposite the side of the lake where the chapel of Our Lady of Victories is located. This is where the "kitchens" can be found; holes in the ground where big burly men put huge pots into ,tied with ropes, that stay there for several hours until the food is ready. The place smells of sulfur and there are several pools where the water is like bubbling and boiling mud. From here, we can take a 3km trail that allows us to reach the other side of the lake
The two lakes show different colours due to the difference in their composition which is shown vividly under bright sunlight. There is a local story that one of the lakes represents the tears of a list lover.
Lagoa do Canario is one of the places where I could listen to the silence in the Azores Islands. It is a lagoon completely surrounded by a dense forest full of moss and vegetation with calm waters. It is on the road from Ponta Delgada to Sete.
Vila Nova de CERVEIRA is a nice town with a wall surrounding what is today the amazing Pousada (Parador), installed in a 16th century castle whose founder was King Don Dinis. Close to this fort is there is a popular fair de Vila Nova de Cerveira every Saturday. On the other side of the village of CERVEIRA, and across the river Miño is the Goian Galician village, formerly crossed by ferry, but now you can cross a bridge that was made not too long ago. But what I want to emphasize is the Mother Church and the Chapel of Mercy, and the landscape that gives the river Miño, especially from the top of the mountain or do Cervo Mirador, the scenery is amazing, as you can see a tiny island in the river Miño, full of vegetation and heart-shaped, which is called "Island of the Loves" and the amazing view that extends to Mount Santa Tecla (La Guardia). At the top of Mirador do Cervo, is an image of an animal symbol of the city and a few meters one can see a lake and a convent at the end of the road that is named Convent of San Paio.
Fatal smell of sulfur and barely visible through the fumes! The Das Caldeiras Lake is one of the most typical images from the Island of the Azores. Personally I have never enjoyed that image of steam rising from the earth below, and the obnoxious smell of sulfur coming from every corner of the place. The steam is due to the passing through two banks of very hot water, and a the cold one and the abundant iron in suspension. In fact its waters are so hot that they have opened a spa with a hot thermal swimming pool.
After the heavy rainfall that occurred the day before, the day seemed like it was going to be a bit sunny, at least it had stopped raining. This large lake is situated in the center of Portugal in the town of Curia, between Aveiro and Coimbra, famous for its hot springs, and which seems to me very similar to the Galician town of Mondariz, but whose hotels are impressive palaces or large colonial mansions. Duirng my trip to Curia I was visiting this luxury large park and lake that covers an extent of 14 acres in an area of great natural beauty and peace. It is situated inside the Hotel Termas de Curia and, due to the heavy rains, it was completely flooded. Here you can see some of the pictures that I took as I watched the lake overflow right up to the wooden benches, trees and part of the park's paths.
In my recent visit to the magnificent Palacio da Brejoeira, in addition to seeing a beautiful neoclassical building from the early nineteenth century, a huge vineyard, a forest and a garden, I caught sight of a really pretty lake (artificial, as our tour guide told us). After visiting the interior of the palace and seeing its elegant rooms, library, etc.., we did a great tour of the the 18 hectares of vineyards (Alvarinho), 8 acres of forest, the lake and the rest of the gardens. The lake surrounds a small island in the center which has a bridge surrounded by abundant vegetation. There is so much green that the water appears green to which is probably what caught my attention. The palace can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday for a total price of 7.5 euros (includes interior and exterior views of the palace) or just the outside for a lower amount.
This was probably one of the most beautiful beach areas I've ever seen. It wasn´t at all a typical beach. The water goes into the ground and forms a beautiful lake. There are miles of shore where you can rest and relax.
We took one of the many trails on Mount Espinho that climbed to the back of the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, and among the lush forest vegetation, we found this wonderful place - a beautiful lake that you could even take a walk aboard small boats for hire. Around the lake there were several benches and opposite a snack bar and a children's play area (it was closed but I guess in summer it would be busy). Nearby is the statue of Moses (Terreiro de Moses), who initially was on the esplanade facing the sanctuary.