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Nordeste is believed to be the most beautiful part of São Miguel island. Cycling surrounded by its wonderful landscapes, you will certainly understand why! This route starts in Povoação, on the South Coast of São Miguel and ends in Nordeste, on the Northeastern side of the island. In the past, all of these trails were used to reach the woods, to fetch branches to provide cattle fodder, to produce charcoal, and to provide a connection to other parishes.
After the pick up in Ponta Delgada at 9 am and driving for about 1 hour to Povoação, we will pedal through pastures, roads flanked by plane trees (Platanus hispanica), valleys and streams. Just before reaching Nordeste, the trail enters an amazing forest land – Serra da Tronqueira – which is very rich in endemic native species. This forest looks like the ones that once existed on the island before the settlers arrived here. The trip finishes in the town of Nordeste which is known to be the most flower-rich village in São Miguel. This is the ideal place to have our picnic break. By the end of the trip, we will be passing through the tea plantation fields (Camellia sinensis) and we will have the opportunity to visit the centenary Gorreana Tea Factory and taste the local tea. This tea plantation is the oldest one existing in Europe and its organic tea is well-known worldwide for its antioxidant properties.
The price for this activity is per 65€ adult (above 13 years old) and 36,75€ per child (6-12 years old), free of charge for the youngest (0-5 years old). Please contact us if you want to do this tour with a child.
Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, comfortable shoes, a hat, sunblock, backpack, water.
Light meal. Our picnic lunches usually include a sandwich, a cake, fruit, water, and juice.
Q: Do I need to be physically fit to book this experience?
A: This tour has a hard difficulty level, but there is no need to be an athlete to join. However, it is always better to be used to cycling as you will be pedaling for about 35 km.
Q: I am vegan, can I have an adapted picnic lunch?
A: We always try to adapt to our customers’ needs. If you have any food restriction, please inform us about it at least 48h prior to the tour.
Q: Are the bikes comfortable?
A: Our modern Specialized Hardrock Sport (men) and Specialized Mika HT Sport (women) are quite comfortable and totally adapted for this kind of tours.
Q: Can we taste the local tea and buy products at the tea factory?
A: Yes, at the end of the visit, you will be able to taste the green and black tea, and in the visitor's shop you can buy their products to bring them home and show it to your friends and family!
Q: Do you accept children to join this tour?
A: Yes, we have small bikes for children as well as trail gator to pull your children. Futurismo also provides baby bike seats. Please contact us if you want to do this tour with a child.
Price per adult
Price per child