5. Ribeira Grande: Guided E-Bike Tour
Travel along a comprehensive route through the heart of Ribeira Grande and its surrounding landscapes. Join an insightful e-bike tour and learn about the area from your guide as you ride along. Come across historic landmarks, panoramic viewpoints, and gorgeous beaches.
Start with a safety briefing and learn how to use your e-bike. Put on your protective gear and head into the Ribeira Grande city center for a short walking tour. Observe the architecture of the older buildings, including the Holy Spirit Church, the 8 Arches Bridge, and the City Hall and clock tower.
Begin cycling by a small canal and along tree-lined roads, passing by pastures with horses and cows. Ride up gentle ascents on typical volcanic gravel, accompanied by the sound of rushing water coming from the many nearby springs. Arrive at the Fajã do Redondo Dam and stop for a closer look.
Take the road down to Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande. Find 9 holes in the ground, used for the confection of stews and other local delicacies that are made using the heat of the volcano. Just a few meters away, reach the thermal baths of Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande, dating back to the 19th Century.
Following a cobblestone road, pass by backroads built by Azorean forefathers, with a variety of flowers and trees making this a very scenic ride. Arrive at the viewpoint of Coroa da Mata, then cross the main road to admire views of the northern coastline from the Viewpoint of St Iria.
Move on to a dirt track, wind your way through quaint village streets and pastures, and reach the Port of St Iria. Take in this old fishing port, once the primary waypoint for northern commerce. Appreciate the volcanic coastline up close, with small islets, caves, and massive rock formations.
Finally, encounter the unique black-sand beaches of Monte Verde and Areal de Santa Bárbara. Relax and enjoy a refreshing dive into clear waters after a morning of cycling.