The look-out spots are the crown jewels of Nordeste. The high coast, the ocean and the imposing mountains, together with Northeasternern wisdom, have bestowed upon Nordeste the island’s most superb panoramic views.
Ponta da Madrugada, Ponta do Sossego are must-stop locations for any visitor. The mountains and the ocean seem to interlock at these look-out spots; sorrounded by luxuriant gardens, where silence rules and the view extends beyond sight. In both these look-out spots one can find picnic areas to enjoy relaxing and recomforting meals. Families, from all over the island, have traditionally been gathering there during the summer to prepare and enjoy barbecue meals, lighting a fire and using wood coal to prepare those meals.
On your way to Vila do Nordeste, coming from Pedreira, another imposing look-out spot comes within sight: Miradouro da Ponta do Arnel. From this spot you can get an overview of the Arnel Lighthouse building or venture down the road to visit Nordeste’s fishing port.
Other look-out spots of similar breathtaking views can be found all over the municipality of Nordeste. The majority of its villages offers ocean or mountain panoramic views, all signalled along the road: in Algarvia the Miradouro da Vigia das Baleias, ancient whalwwatching spot, it overlooks the ocean and part of the scarp coastal slope. The place is furnished with a picnic area, barbecue fireplaces, sanitary facilities and a children’s playground.
In the villages of Salga, one can find look-out spots such as Miradouro do Salto da Farinha and Miradouro do Salto do Cavalo. The first offers a view of the coast and ocean on your left, and a view of a 40 meter waterfall on your right. It also offers a picnic area. The latter, located towards the limit of the municipality, overlooks Furnas valley and the northern and southern coast of S. Miguel island.