cozy tea house by horta’s hill, CASA. enjoy the surroundings and the city view (and, of course, the majestic pico) inside you have a great collection of tea perfect for a wintery day or a cloudy classic azorean day. one of the nights there, we had the opportunity to listen to a show by medeiros/lucas, a great portuguese pair with azorean roots. check on them, please.
one of us was born in sao miguel, the other never been there. this was an obvious travel to enjoy together (and the first of many in azores). a popular song of azores is called “islands of brume” and we could testify that for the entire week being there. fortunately, at the very last day, the weather flipped (common in the archipelago weather) and for some hours we could experience some great light. nature itself we guess that everyone who visits são miguel gets mesmerized by its luxurious greens and unclassified lagoons. nowadays, the world is discovering the azores and we found lots of tourists all around the island. hope they can respect this environment and preserve the island beauty. there are so many things to explore that everyone can trace its own path on the island and find a perfect place to stop and find how small we are in earth. sete cidades and the view of a king hell’s spot or a forgotten paradise under the skin experience fire walk with us across the island terra nostra garden furnas valley or the belly of …
take a seat at porto formoso tea factory to drink tea with the atlantic all over you. this is one of the main tea plantations in the island, also in the north coast like gorreana tea factory, and one of our favourite spots when we are there due the astonish view you have. in s.miguel (azores) you will find the only tea plantations in europe, courtesy of the island’s balmy climate for sure. “tea varieties are determined according to where on the bush the leaves are picked from: orange pekoe, the most delicately flavored of the three, comes from the bud and first shoot; pekoe, a less-flavored variety, is from the second leaf; and broken leaf, the least aromatic of the three, is made from fragments of the remaining leaves” tip: 1 teaspoon of leafs for 1l of hot (not boiling water, once this will shrink the leafs) is the key for a perfect tea, which you can enjoy after 3-4 minutes infusing. s.miguel, azores | may 2015
starting at gorreana tea factory (s.miguel, azores) this trail that you can easily do in 2/3 hours along 6km throught tea plantations, pastureland and japanese red cedars is a striking route reflecting not only the green but also the relation of men in exploring the richness of the earth to cultivate tea and feed cattle. at the end of the trail you arrive to “casa do mirante”, a ruined house, from which you get a superb view over the north coast of the island. time to go down, and try a tea at the factory to restore strength to continue exploring s.miguel. s.miguel, azores | may 2015