The community of Povoacao is on the island of Sao Miguel, the largest island in Portugal’s Azores Archipelago. Povoacao is on the southern part of the island, east of Ponta Delgada, the largest city. Though Povoacao was the first settlement on the island, it is still just a small community of about 6,700 inhabitants who make their living through agriculture, fishing, and working in the tourist business. It is a pretty little town with a quaint central square and picturesque old streets leading down to the harbor. The 15th century Church of Nossa Senhora Rosario is believed to have been the first church built in the islands. It was restored in the 19th century. Visitors staying in budget hotels in Povoacao should be sure to visit the Museu de Trigo (Wheat Museum). Surrounded by pastures and hedgerows, this beautifully restored watermill makes for a perfect photo opportunity. You can have tea and local biscuits while you enjoy the rustic beauty.
Your comfortable discount hotel in Povoacao puts you close to other communities on Sao Miguel. To get to Ribiera Quente you pass through a lovely green valley and through two tunnels where there is a waterfall. There is a beach of black sand here, and a thermal area where the sea is always warm. The local seafood is great. Nearby Furnas is known for its hot springs and burping mud. People have been coming here for spa treatments since the mid-19th century.