It's nothing more than a rumor, that the Azores are not suitable for swimmers. I heard before that the water would be too cold and that there aren't nice beaches. Well, we think different. If you want to go swimming, you can do so. It's nothing for softies, that is for sure, but there are some beaches and the water wasn't as cold as I would have expected.
Wouldn't you enjoy being a cow on this field with that lovely view? I would. Following this steep path you get ...
... to the lighthouse of Nordeste.
Gosh, I didn't want to know how this fishermen get at this place. I couldn't even watch him without getting nervous.
But I could watch for hours, how the waves are crashing against the cliffs. The sound, the smell, just great, isn't it?
As I mentioned before, Saõ Miguel has a volcanic background. There is evidence everywhere on the Island.
But back to the topic, can you have a swim there?
You can. There are for example some places with basins, in which sea water rinse. There you can have a save bath. Some steep roads leading down to the coast are quite adventurous and require a lot of nerves from the driver and its passenger.
Auch das wieder ein Plantschbecken... dieses Mal aber ein natürliches.
Another paddling pool, but this time a natural basin.
Aber gibt es denn keine richtigen Strände?
But are there no beaches?
Natürlich gibt es die. Zum Beispiel dieser kleine aber traumhaftschöne Strand von Mosteiros. Der Sand ist schwarz und das Wasser wäre auch für Frau Gwundergarten warm genug gewesen, aber die schleppte natürlich mal wieder eine dicke fette Erkältung mit sich rum. Super Timing!
Of course there are. Look at this, isn't it just fantastic? It's the Praia de Mosteiros with its black sand. The water was warm enough, even for a wimp like me, but unfortunately I caught a flu and wasn't fit enough. Bad luck.
But it was as well great just to sit in one of the beach cafés and enjoy an ice cream. What would you want more?
To be honest, I'm happy enough to see, smell and listen to the sea... I'm not really a keen swimmer.
The view back to Mosteiros.
But there are other interesting beaches on Saõ Miguel. Like for example the Praia de Ferraria, where a hot therm is heating the sea water. Unfortunatley many tourists know this and therefore we couldn't really enjoy it. Too many people... you needed to queue to get into the water, so we hurried to get away from that busy place.
Ohhhh yessss, that's more our style. This is the beautiful beach of Ribeira Quente. Of course I had to collect a piece of driftwood and some little stones. I love such little gems that remember me on our holidays when I'm back home.
En liebe Gruess u es schöns Wucheändi
Have a nice weekend.