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Island Views, Tastes & Horses
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Depart from Ponta Delgada towards the central part of the island to Serra de agua de Pau and Barrosa Mountain. Enjoy the views over Fogo crater lake, the highest one above sea level on Sao Miguel Island. The area is surrounded by dense endemic vegetation‘Laurel Forest’and is classified as a Natural Reserve. Drive down the winding mountain road towards the north coast and visit Caldeira Velha, a regional Natural Monument and location of thermal baths and interesting flora diversity. Stop at the town of Ribeira Grande characterized by its Portuguese influence. The town’s charming historic center has narrow streets and a municipal garden lined with examples of urban architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Particularly notable is the Church of the Espirito Santo, considered one of the most attractive Baroque structures in the archipelago. Continue to Quinta do Pico da Cruz, known for breeding the Lusitano horse. Here wine and cheese will be served and you’ll visit the stable and learn about the Lusitano, known as powerful horses and
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noted for their intelligence and willing nature. On your return to Ponta Delgada and your ship, stop at a pineapple plantation to visit the greenhouses where the ‘king fruit’ is produced. Note: Tour involves approximately 667 yards (600 meters) of walking on uneven ground, gravel and cobblestone with approximately 23 steps. By law, you must be over 18 years of age to consume alcohol. Not recommended for those with walking difficulties.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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