It is truly an art form: burying the food of Furnas! For me it was the first time I saw a stew buried in the ground. The vapors emanating from the stew and from the two streams, one cold and one hot, are how the stew is prepared. It a very natural way to prepare the stew, being as it is baked in the earth itself. The stew here in the Azores can be made in two ways: from cod or from meat. I personally decided to try the meat. To give you an idea of the process; holes are dug in the ground, then pots with the stew in are placed into these. They are then covered with wooden lids; one of the most curious sights I have ever seen in my life. It's not every day that you see food being buried that you know will be later served on your plate ... I still remember the taste (very different from anything in Spain) of this stew that was cooked in the heat of volcanic craters.
It is the largest lighthouse and the second oldest in Azores after Ponta do Arnel. This light house could not be more different. It is in a flat area, and has the typical housing construction, where several families could live in the lighthouse.
It doesn't look 111 years old, and is considered the island's best preserved lighthouse. You can access the lighthouse from the town of Ginetes
To reach the lighthouse you must not suffer from vertigo, because the slope from the road to the town of Northeast, is dizzying. We were in a small rental car, in which we managed to test the brakes on the way down and the power on the way up. Luckily the road was dry because otherwise I'm not sure we would have arrived safely, such is the slope and sinuous curves. The lighthouse is down the road, until you reach a pier, from where you can appreciate the enormous height of the cliffs that surround it. The lighthouse is the oldest on the island, facing east, and its octagonal shape make it unique in the Azores. It is originally from 1876, although it has undergone several transformations and renovations in that time enabling it to suvive these 125 years in good shape.
Located in Ribeira Grande, in the north of the island of Sao Miguel, we find the "Das Few Municipais Pools". The location is great for the residents and tourists to enjoy this town. There are two things that particularly stand out about these pools. The first is its excellent location overlooking the sea, just next to the beach of Ribeira Grande. The second is that these pools are washed with sea water turning them into natural pools. Throughout the island there are many salt water swimming pools, of which the vast majority are completely natural rock formations that take advantage of natural sea water with an added filter to remove the wastewater. There are pools for children and babies. It also has a solarium, medical service and sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. There´s also a bar service and restaurant. For those who don´t like too much salt, there are also fresh water showers. Changing rooms are offered as well. This is an excellent choice of leisure in one of the areas of Sao Miguel most valued for its environment and architecture.