We’ve collected some inspiration in case you’re looking for a souvenir or a present for yourself, friends or family. We hope you find them useful!
Most people who have been to Portugal are probably familiar with the heavily decorated tiles (Azulejos). The manufacturing and painting of tiles but also other ceramics have a long tradition in Portugal that reaches back to the 8th century.
On the edge of Ribeira Grande, you can find the ceramics manufactory “Cerâmica Micaelense” behind a nondescript driveway. Apart from many souvenirs that you can buy here, you can also have your own ones made and personalised for a good price. You can use your own images or patterns, or let yourself be inspired by the many patterns available in the shop. The friendly staff are sure to find something that you like for you.
You should, however, be aware that it can take some time for your piece to be ready, depending on the current demand. Please ask how long the manufacturing will take so that you can pick it up in time before your departure. If you are a guest in our house, feel free to contact us if there are any issues with picking the souvenir up in time. We are happy to help you find a solution.
Tea from Europe
Another exciting event is drinking the only tea grown in Europe. Why don’t you take some of it home with you as a lovely souvenir or present!
You can gain many insights into the farming and processing of the tea in the small factory on the way from Ribeira Grande towards Nordeste. At the end of the small tour, you will also be able to taste some of the different varieties and to buy your favourite ones in the shop. You can also enjoy a little snack alongside a cup of tea (or coffee). Just before you leave you also get the chance to watch a film about the history of tea farming.
The second tea plantation, Chá Porto Formose, is located nearby. Here, you can watch another film showing some more information about tea farming. There is also another guided tour.
After the tour and a tasting of the tea, you can purchase the many varieties of the Chá Porto Formoso tea, or other nice small souvenirs.
Carvings from Vila Franca do Campo
If you are staying at our house, you may have noticed that, in addition to products from the other companies discussed above, we also have a small wooden sailing boat. We got it from a carver who sells his small carvings at Vila Franca do Campo. Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly when he sells his pieces, but if you’re at the port anyway, you might as well see if you can spot him!
We really enjoyed his work, and aside from the boat purchased a dolphin for our youngest son.