Rabo de Peixe: A Charming Village in the Azores, with a Mysterious Past


Nestled on the northern coast of São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores archipelago, lies the picturesque village of Rabo de Peixe. With its dramatic coastline, lively people, and a history marked by an intriguing episode, this village offers a unique blend of natural beauty and enigmatic charm. From exploring stunning coastal vistas to immersing oneself in the local way of life, Rabo de Peixe promises an unforgettable experience.


Rabo de Peixe is blessed with lovely natural surroundings. Visitors can start their journey by taking a leisurely stroll along the village’s charming streets, adorned with colourful traditional houses. Just a short distance away, the rugged coastline beckons, offering stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cultural Immersion


A visit to Rabo de Peixe provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich local culture. The village boasts a strong connection to the sea, and the fishing industry has played a significant role in shaping its identity. Take a moment to visit the bustling fishing harbour and witness the fishermen expertly navigating their boats and gutting the fish directly on the streets. Local seafood is a highlight here, and visitors can savour the freshest catches at the village’s charming restaurants.

Historic Mysteries


One peculiar episode in Rabo de Peixe’s history has captivated locals and visitors alike. Years ago, a shipwreck occurred off the coast, leading to a bizarre turn of events. The wreckage carried packs of cocaine, which mysteriously came ashore, causing a stir in the village. The incident remains shrouded in mystery, and while authorities quickly took control of the situation, it left an indelible mark on Rabo de Peixe’s history. Today, this strange event serves as a reminder of the village’s connection to the vast Atlantic and the mysteries it can hold.


The Most Expensive Football Pitch in the World

When we talked to locals about this episode, they couldn’t help but tell us plenty of stories about what happened then. We recall one of the stories in particular, which was quite amusing. As packs of cocaine started washing ashore and the population had no idea what the contents were – there were numerous kilos available – the villagers, unaware of the substance, used this white powder to paint the lines on the football field in the village. It was probably the most expensive set of white lines ever painted on a football pitch!

Rabo de Peixe, with its idyllic setting, rich culture, and intriguing history, is a must-visit destination on São Miguel Island in the Azores. From enjoying the beauty of the coastline to delving into the mysteries of the past, this village offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re seeking natural wonders, cultural immersion, or simply a place to unwind and reconnect with nature, Rabo de Peixe is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who venture there.

Rabo the Peixe on Netflix

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There’s a new series on Netflix which is called Rabo de Peixe. This series is based on true facts. It tells the story of Eduardo and how a ton of cocaine washed up on the coast of the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, in the summer of 2001. Directed by Augusto Fraga, the series includes several popular Portuguese actors such as José Condessa, Pepe Rapazote, Albano Jerónimo and Maria João Bastos.

Where to stay in Rabo de Peixe?

We recommend that you stay in the local farm Quinta de Santana.

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