Miradouro De Santa Iria – The Complete Guide

One of my favorite lookout points in Sao Miguel, Miradouro De Santa Iria offers stunning views. Santa Irina is located in the northern part of the island. Thus, the vista is a great place to visit when Sete Cidades is cloudy. I visited this area while visiting the Portuguese Azores thanks to my sponsor Vero True Social.

A woman sits in Miradouro De Santa Iria, behind her a landmass and the ocean.
The view from the top of Miradouro De Santa Iria

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Accessing Miradouro De Santa Iria

The viewpoint of Santa Iria is easy to access. You can drive right up to the area and do not need to hike. At the Miradouro, you’ll find a medium-sized parking lot. Because people come and leave quickly, there is usually no problem with parking. This viewpoint is a great stop if you are traveling with little children or people with limited mobility.

Flowers, ocean and grassy cliffs as seen in Miradouro De Santa Iria
This is, perhaps, my favorite picture from Sao Miguel.

The Animals

One of the things that makes this viewpoint unique and perfect for photography are the animals who live here. The livestock grazes on brilliant grounds, which forms the perfect foreground to stunning photographs.

A white horse walks in the foreground and grassy cliffs and ocean in the background in Miradouro De Santa Iria

The Weather

This Miradouro offers 270-degree panoramic views. While here, you are located at a high elevation, so the weather can change quickly. It can go from cloudy to sunny and back again in just a few minutes. The wind picks up unexpectedly, so consider bringing a sweatshirt or a light jacket.

Attractions near Miradouro De Santa Iria

You’ll find one of my favorite restaurants in Sao Miguel, Restaurante Cantinho Do Cais only a short drive from the Miradouro. This lovely local join serves fresh local seafood, grilled to perfection. For lots more on the restaurant and other places to eat in Sao Miguel see the Sao Miguel Azores Complete Guide.

Grassy cliffs stretch into the horizon against ocean and sky at Miradouro De Santa Iria.

Also nearby is Salto Do Cabrito, the stunning waterfalls and forest walk. This unusual waterfall looks quite average from the bottom. However, once you walk up a narrow set of stairs, you’ll find an elevated platform that takes you through a magical forest to the source of the waterfall.

A view of grassy cliffs, ocean, flowers and grazing horses.

Conclusion

Miradouro De Santa Iria is a stunning viewpoint worth a visit. Although the weather can change quickly, this location is likely to offer stunning views even on a chilly day. Nearby attractions include Salto Do Cabrito, a large waterfall and a forest walk. A great place to eat nearby is Restaurante Cantinho Do Cais. For lots more on things to do in Sao Miguel Azores, don’t forget to check out the complete article. Thank you for reading and I will see you on the road!

Brunette woman faces ocean and cliffs
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