Ribeira Grande

Ribeira Grande is a pretty city on the north side of Sao Miguel Azores. It is over five hundred years old and a nice place to visit thanks to the parks, attractive buildings, and the beach.


I have enjoyed stopping there on many occasions. Sometimes to walk around town, other times to visit the beach, occasionally to visit the liquor factory, and most commonly to stop for a bite to eat at one of the cafe's and restaurants in town.

At the central square of the city are some attractive buildings and a beautiful park right nearby. The park is well tended and has many places to sit and relax. There is also a new amphitheater in the park and a very old mill.

Ribeira Grande square at Christmas

 Ribeira Grande square

Ribeira Grande Church in square


Ribeira Grande Park

The park has an old waterway running through it with several small waterfalls. The waterway used to service some watermills, one of which I mentioned already that is fairly well preserved.

Ribeira Grande Park top

Ribeira Grande park benches

Stop for a bite to eat

Most often I have stopped there for a quick snack while touring the island. My favourite place to stop is this restaurant. I have always found that it is very clean, reasonably priced and the food is good

Ribeira Grande cafe

The restaurant has a nice selection of pastries and sandwiches for a mid afternoon snack. Perfect to go with a refreshing drink. I believe that they also have a full dinner menu as well.

The restaurant is located right across the street from this church:

Ribeira Grande Church

Two More Images

Ribeira Grande Bridge

Ribeira Grande street

From the city there is easy access to Lagoa do Fogo, a spot which I highly recommend you check out.

Ribeira Grande is in Sao Miguel Azores - click the link for more on Sao Miguel.

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