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S. Miguel, Açores | Praias - Praia Stª Bárbara - Praia de Água d'Alto

Azores rhymes with beach? No, but we found great beaches there, oh yes we did!

Stª Bárbara Beach

We spent an afternoon on this beach as the sun went down, while we waited for dinner time, because we were going to have dinner nearby. There is nothing better than putting your feet in the black sand while tanning a little bit. We were extremely lucky with the weather during our stay in S. Miguel, but we also planned the day accordingly to the conditions presented at the time and managed to adapt each activity to the most appropriate climate.

This beach is one of the most extensive on the island of S. Miguel with almost 1km of sand and several accesses. We entered through the access of a resort that is there in front of the beach and where there is a large dirt parking lot. It also has a beach bar and access to toilets and showers and taps to wash your feet when you leave the beach.

Here, water sports such as surfing and bodyboarding are practiced a lot, and the beach also hosts international competitions of these modalities.

Due to the excellent infrastructure conditions, access (including reduced mobility), water quality and the fact that it has lifeguards, this beach has become a popular destination for locals and tourists.

Água d'Alto Beach

We liked this beach so much that we came twice in a week. First, because of the beautiful bay where it is inserted, the mountain ends and the beach begins, which means that there is this immense vegetation behind us, making the place cozier, protected and even comfortable.

Then because of the quality of the beach itself, the clear and warm water, the easy access to the beach, the parking nearby (on days of greater demand you may have to walk a little more in search of a spot), the support infrastructures and the bar with great offer. Did you notice that we really liked this beach?

I spent some time in the water on this beach, after the trail of the 4 Fábricas, and on one of the last days on this island, we came to spend the morning just to relax a little, it is also necessary for trips of longer duration.

This beach is about 500 meters long and the sea is calm, making it a popular leisure destination in Vila Franca. There is also a hotel very close and I would not refuse to stay there for a few days to rest on this beach. :)

Note: There are no photos yet. My special envoy is taking care of that, take a look at google until then. I am noticing a trend, when I go to bathe myself and relax, the photos are forgotten.


  • Check the weather in Spotazores. There are cameras dedicated to each of these beaches.

  • Take your bathing suit and towel.

  • Sunscreen.

  • Have fun and relax.

Click here to see my list of suggestions of places to visit in S. Miguel.

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