55Km away from Ponta Delgada, the municipality of Nordeste encompasses an area of primordial geology that includes the earliest geological record on the island of São Miguel; dotted with rocky outcroppings and scenic coastal cliffs, the area dates back to 4 million years BC.
Gastronomically, the region is known for Capão (traditional fattened-rooster dinner), Caçoula (meat cooked in earthern pot) and Fervedouro (a rustic vegetable soup), in addition to traditional homemade breads.
Owing to its geological history, Nordeste is famous for is lookouts and views during sunrise, particularly from the promontory of Ponta da Madrugada, near the Lombo Gordo beach, along the eastern coast.
Similarly, several trails criss-cross the landscape, including those through the Nature Reserve of Pico da Vara, location of the tallest peak on the island (Pico da Vara) at 1103 metres (3619 feet) above sea level. In addition to the lush Cryptomeria and Laruissilva forests, the habitat is home to the Azorean Bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina), locally known as the Priolo, an endemic bird species, that is in a vulnerable state and reproduces in the Laurissilva Forest, being also one of the rarest bird species in Europe.
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In the Vila do Nordeste, a stop at the Work House is required to enjoy the tradition re-created in the form of weaving and embroidery, famous inside and outside the Azores and for sale at the institution. From the hands of its artisans comes the regional costume (used in folklore), St. Michael’s embroidery, blankets, tapestry and quilts made on the loom.
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