Algarvia

The old place of Algarvia, probably because it is almost uninhabited or inhabited in the sixteenth century, is not mentioned by the greatest historian of the Azores, Gaspar Frutuoso, who lived in this century.
The original church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (“Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Amparo”) of the village Algarvia was built in the 17th century by Captain Francisco Costão, so that residents of Algarvia could attend Mass on Sundays and holy days. With the years the population grew and it was necessary to build a larger temple. The present church was built in the 19th century and it’s a small temple with a single bell tower, body and a simple but attractive altar.

Lookout whale

The old economic activity of whaling is connected to Algarvia, here in the past there was a lookout. In this old post there is now a picnic park, from which one gets a magnificent view over the island’s north coast.