São Miguel Island, Azores — Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado


Still in Sete Cidades for the beginning of today’s article, but not for long. And today we say goodbye to São Miguel Island and the Azores. For after the Azores, Brilliance of the Seas headed across the pond to Tampa, Florida, whereupon we would stay aboard for another adventure further south and 1,200 years into the past. But for now, let us continue to explore Sete Cidades, particularly the wonderful Church of St. Nicholas (Igreja de São Nicolau):

Church of St. Nicholas, Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island, Azores

While the exterior of St. Nicholas is charming, and well framed by the surrounding trees, the interior is much more subdued. Nevertheless, it retains a certain picturesque quality because of the rich wood beams and similarly stained wood pews beneath:

Church of St. Nicholas, Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island, Azores

We now have one more destination of this tour before returning to Brilliance of the Seas and a fond farewell to São Miguel Island and the Azores. This is Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado, a great photo stop on the west coast of São Miguel Island:

Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado

This viewpoint sits atop pyroclastic cliffs, and the views of the deep blue ocean is stunning. That’s especially so because of the rocks protruding offshore above the surface of the water:

Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado

On Wednesday I will present to you a very different experience. Until then, I’ll leave you with this photo gallery and slide show of Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado:

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