Sáo Miguel is quite a large island. Needing a base from which to complete the walk around the rim of the volcano at Sete Cidades, I opted for the small village of Capelas, on the northwest coast. Knowing nothing about it, once we’d checked into a lovely bungalow in the grounds of the Solar do Conde, it was time to explore.
A left turn took us towards the village, a walk of about 15 minutes. A right turn led to a beautiful coastal path, according to our helpful hotel receptionist. Village first, though the road was narrow and largely unpaved.
A sign suggested the name of Capelas comes from caves dug into the rocks by the often boisterous sea, the caves resembling chapels. The art of the bandstand seems to be alive and well here in the Azores. We saw some beauties. The tile panels are equally beautiful throughout Portugal.
Certainly, the cliffs were high, and the sea a little boisterous. Nor did the tiny port look an easy place to dock. The square outside the church seemed a pleasant place to sit and watch village life, the locals lazing away a warm afternoon. The church was still open so I popped inside.
We ambled back to the hotel, where a pool awaited. Rather a nice one, too, but I couldn’t sit still for very long. What about that right turn? Leaving the other half to idle a while, I picked up the camera and sauntered off again.
Sure enough, the coastal path led far away into the distance. I didn’t have much time before supper, but I can never resist the whoosh of waves.
As I approached the bathing area the clouds were beginning to gather again. It seemed like a good time to turn for that evening’s ‘home’.
Jo’s Monday walk is going to be missing for 3 weeks or more while I’m in the UK, so I’ve decided to include the walks I’ve already accumulated this week, here. It’s hard to keep track of them otherwise. Feel free to keep them coming. I have one last lovely place in the Azores to share with you. I’ll post it when I can, but have no idea when that might be.
State of the art, and a few gymnastics with Janet, to get us started :
Not a walk so much as a ride with Sue, but you’ve gotta love her :
The irrepressible Jackie offers up…
I mostly saw it in the rain, but Natalie had much better luck :
Boats, oysters, marshlands… Alice has it all!
Tiptoe through a chateau, with Drake?
A city gate, and a little history from Ulli :
Terri admits she’s a little obsessed with fitness, but you have to admire her dedication :
How’s about this for a bridge, on many levels? Thanks, Carol!
Sweltering heat seems to have been universal lately. Enjoy a cooling Algarve stroll with Becky :
Thanks for your company, and your patience. Have a great Summer, or ‘roll on Spring!’ depending where you are in the world. See you soon!