Discover the hidden gems of the north side of the island of Sao Miguel with us on this diverse tour. Walk along a whimsical trail through the woods and follow streams and rivers dotted with beautiful waterfalls along the way. Take a break with a cup of tea or homemade green tea ice-cream when we a pay a visit to the only tea plantation and factory in Europe and end the day with your feet in the sand on our beautiful northern beaches.
Located in Lomba de São Pedro, the easternmost of the 14 parishes that make up the municipality of Ribeira Grande, we can find the Moinho do Félix Waterfalls Trail.
Setting off on our trail we will be welcomed with wonderful coastal views leading us down to the first waterfall on this route Cascata do Homem.
We will continue our hike following in the footsteps of our forefathers; going uphill through the woods and weaving in and out through the trees until reaching the old watermill Moinho do Félix sitting next to the waterfall Cascata do Teófilo.
Moving on along this ancient trail you will feel the peace and tranquility here, with the sound of the stream to guide us to the last waterfall Cascata da Gruta and its natural pool Poço da Truta.
Following the trail back up to the village we will pass by several fountains which in former times served to supply water to the local population.
Visit Tea Plantation:
We will pay a visit to the Chá Gorreana Tea Factory and Plantation, which is the oldest and currently only tea plantation in Europe. Take a tour through this family run estate and take a closer look at the whole tea manufacturing process; from cultivating to the final product, which you will have the opportunity to taste for yourself.
We will end the day with some relaxing time at one of the beaches on the Northern Coast, whose dark sand is distinct to a volcanic island like São Miguel.
WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable clothes and shoes: we recommend carrying a light waterproof jacket and wearing hiking boots or walking shoes.
Individual water bottle.
Small backpack: to carry your personal belongings and the lunch we provide.
Bathing suit and a Beach towel: we recommend bringing a plastic bag for carrying your wet belongings after swimming.
Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.
Medication: Any personal medication that you may need for the duration of the tour (eg: inhaler for asthma, sugar packets for diabetics, anti-inflammatory gel etc.)
Knee/ankle Support : For anyone who suffers from certain area joint problems, we recommend wearing an elastic support for better stability and to prevent any further injury.
Pick-up and Drop-off from / to your place of accommodation.