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Salga

The parish of Salga was constituted on September 15, 1980 and has today about 488 residents. It is one of the youngest populated counties in Nordeste and soon showed the great dynamism of its people in the most various areas. Several scholars, entrepreneurs and interested people from Salga contributed and continue doing so to develop  this quiet location.

According to Gaspar Frutuoso, on this land of predominant natural pastures the residents hunted and salted "highlander pigs". Hence the name of this locality (salgar = to salt). As it is located on a high point of the island with fairly strong winds, it is also known as "Land of Tuyeres".

The manufacture of bread and cakes is one of the most productive sectors of this municipality and supplies the entire island, with highly appreciated traditional breads and pastries, such as rustic bread.

What to see in this parish:

* São José Church
On October 3, 1903 the first stone was laid  for the construction of the church of São José, which replaced the old chapel of the same name. The construction of this temple was finalized in 1908, being the youngest of the entire county.



* Fountains
The fountains played a very important role in people's daily life. In a not so distant past, there were no sources of tap water to supply of several localities. In Salga, seven fountains can be found:

1. Located on Travessa das Escolas in a recess of the wall, painted white and gray. The basin is of basaltic rock.
2. Located on Rua de São João, in a recess of the wall. The basin is made of basaltic rock. The painting focuses on white and gray.
3. Rectangular structure inserted into a wall, located on Rua do Ramal. The façade bears the inscription "1902".
4. Located in Caminho do Salto do Cavalo in Mão da Água, away from the urban area. The fountain is covered by a slab of concrete, across from it a drinking fountain for animals is flanked by two benches.
5. Located on Rua de São João, in a recess of the street.
6. Located on Rua de São João, in a recess of the street.
7. Located on Rua do Ramal, arc-shaped.

  
   

* Bandstand
The bandstand is used to shelter music bands during concerts, festivals and other events.  It is a symbol of celebration and remains, to this day, an important stage for performances to many communities.  It is located near São José Church and has a tiled roof and stair access.



* Viewpoint of Salto da Farinha
This viewpoint offers a panoramic view over the sea and Salto da Farinha, with about 40 yards, ending in a lake. The area includes a lovely picnic area and restrooms.



* Viewpoint of Pedra dos Estorninhos
Located a few meters below the viewpoint of Salto da Farinha, this viewpoint dates back to 1989, offers a broad view of part of the northern coast of the island and of the Northeast mountains.  It is also a pleasant picnic area.



* Viewpoint of Salto do Cavalo
From this viewpoint, we have a magnificent view over Furnas Valley and of the northern and southern coasts of the island. Notice the surrounding Laurel forest.

* Garden of São José Church
Located next to São José Church, this garden of flowerbeds, lawns and trees provides shade, some benches and paved paths.



* Picnic Park of the Viewpoint of Salto da Farinha / Pedra dos Estorninhos
Picnic area equipped with stone tables and benches, grills and restrooms. Also, enjoy the Viewpoints of Salto da Farinha and Pedra dos Estorninhos.



* Bathing area of Foz das Coelhas
Area with difficult access from the Viewpoint of Salto da Farinha.Equipped with restrooms.



* Handicraft store “A Folha de Milho”
This  shop is a reference in both the parish and the council. Here, you can find the well-known bonecas de folha de milho (maize leaf dolls), flowers - made out of fish scales, onion and garlic skin, garlic and chestnut paste and papyrus , ingenious rush mats, raffia hats, Christmas nativity scenes made out of gourds are just some of the various handmade products  found in this shop. Located  on Rua Direita.




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