The 10 Best Things to Do in Ribeira Grande, Azores

Discover the best top things to do in Ribeira Grande, Portugal including Praia de Santa Barbara, Miradouro de Santa Iria, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Tabaco da Maia Museum, Ribeira Grande's Bridge, Bela Vista Viewpoint, Museu da Emigracao Acoriana, Arquipelago - Centro De Artes Contemporaneas, Frade Natural Pools, Museu Casa do Arcano.

1. Praia de Santa Barbara

Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Portugal Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 260 reviews

Praia de Santa Barbara

Reviewed By Max G

Beautiful Beach, Big Waves, Nice Facilities

Great beach spot with bar, small restaurant, bathrooms, showers, free parking, lifeguards, and Surfing lessons.Waves are very strong and lifeguards are cautious and make you move to safer spots when they see fit.Pretty cliffs to the far side.

2. Miradouro de Santa Iria

| Porto Formoso, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Portugal Sights & Landmarks, Lookouts
Excellent
63%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Miradouro de Santa Iria

Reviewed By CruisersRus - Mount AlbertMount Albert

A Visual Definition of Beauty

You'd be hard pressed to find a better miradouro (lookout) than this one. Stunning seascapes on one side and gorgeous landscapes on the other. This is one impressive location to spent a few minutes appreciating how special the Azores really are and how fo

3. Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre

Estrada Regional da Lagoa do Fogo, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-501, Portugal Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1583 reviews

Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre

The Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre (CIACV) is a structure dedicated to the promotion of the natural heritage of the Caldeira Velha´s area, which is classified as a Natural Monument. The building has, among other aspects, the main purpose of promoting the particular environmental values, allowing the visitor to discover in loco the particularities of this point of interest and acting as a complementary space of informal education. At the same time offers a wide network of resources and promotes a touristic component. It is also possible to enjoy three thermal pools and a walking trail at the Natural Monument. Concentrated in a space surrounded by natural landscape, the building is noteworthy for being an “object stamped on the landscape”, which adapts to the existing vegetation and rocks, granting it an organic image, consistent with the space. The interpretative exhibithion leads the visitor into a voyage through the volcanic origin of the islands.

Reviewed By Dumbunny - Leek, United KingdomLeek, United Kingdom

A lovely place to visit.

Although we 'knew' of this place, we came upon it by accident whilst driving around, the best way to get there. The kiosk entry is cheap, even if you go to have a soak. Don't feel shy, all ages and types come here. The walk along the access path is pleasa

4. Tabaco da Maia Museum

Estrada de Sao Pedro, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9625-380, Portugal Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Tabaco da Maia Museum

Reviewed By 497valterp - Loures, PortugalLoures, Portugal

Great visit to the cultural past

For a very small fee the guided visit begins by reinforcing that the museum is not trying to promote smoking, it just intends to show a part of the culture of the villagers. It sits on an old factory that doesn't produce tobacco anymore, just enough to sh

5. Ribeira Grande's Bridge

Travessa do Conde de Jacome Correia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Portugal Sights & Landmarks, Bridges
Excellent
28%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 76 reviews

Ribeira Grande's Bridge

Reviewed By monaHungary - Piliscsaba, HungaryPiliscsaba, Hungary

nice architecture

Downtown of Ribeira Grande is a charming place. Perfect for a romantic walk on a bright sunny day. Stop your car close to Igreja do Divino Espirito Santo so you can admire both that beautiful lovely church and visit the main sqare and Ribeira Grande's Bri

6. Bela Vista Viewpoint

Er 5 2, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-501, Portugal Sights & Landmarks, Lookouts
Excellent
51%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Bela Vista Viewpoint

Reviewed By CruisersRus - Mount AlbertMount Albert

A total view of Lagoa do Fogo! Beautiful.

San Miguel has something to see at every turn in the road! On the drive up or the drive down from Lagoa do Fogo (in the centre of the island), you will come to this miradouro (lookout) at an elevation which provides a 'beautiful view' (the miradouro's nam

7. Museu da Emigracao Acoriana

Rua do Estrela, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-525, Portugal Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Museu da Emigracao Acoriana

Reviewed By 2016GlendaleAZ - GlendaleGlendale

Wonderful displays

When our tour guide learned that my ancestors emigrated from the Azores to the United States, he customized our tour to include a stop at this museum. I was impressed with the quality and depth of information included in the displays. I'm glad we didn't m

8. Arquipelago - Centro De Artes Contemporaneas

Rua Adolfo Coutinho de Medeiros, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-516, Portugal Museums, Shopping, Art Galleries
Excellent
56%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
12%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Arquipelago - Centro De Artes Contemporaneas

Reviewed By Globetrotter045 - Haacht, BelgiumHaacht, Belgium

First-class combination of old and new architecture

This new artcenter is a must see for every architecture lover. The refurbishment of a former alcohol factory combined with 2 contemporary buildings works very well. Deservedly this project was shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe award. If you want to vi

9. Frade Natural Pools

Rua Melo Nunes, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-501, Portugal Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
Excellent
38%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Frade Natural Pools

Excellent area for diving and swimming.

Reviewed By drchrysc - lomba da maialomba da maia

frade

good for thrill seekers since the water currents can be tricky at high tide, othrwise with calm seas is a lovely spot for children and grown ups alike.

10. Museu Casa do Arcano

Rua Joao D'Horta | Matriz, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-561, Portugal Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Museu Casa do Arcano

Reviewed By Globetrotter045 - Haacht, BelgiumHaacht, Belgium

The bible explained in tiny figurines

This astonishing collection of biblical scenes is something I have never seen before. On the wall hangs a list of all the materials madre Margarida used. With simple things like wood, cotton, glass she was able to create fascinating figurines, which all w

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