Located in an old orange farm, a fruit that was exported in large quantities during the 19th century, the Augusto Arruda Pineapple Plantation is now recognised as a must-see destination on S. Miguel island. At the beginning of the 20th century, Dr Augusto Arruda transformed an old family property into his main residence, and one of the most important pineapple plantations on the island.
The plantation was planned and created from the outset to obtain the best cultivation results and as a tourist destination for those wishing to see how the plantation works. The plantation was one of the largest exporters of pineapples during the first half of the 20th century.
After the end of the Second World War, the plantation progressively focused on tourism, while being careful to preserve traditional production methods. Today, the Augusto Arruda Pineapple Plantation, which is now owned by the 3rd generation of the founder’s family, is a major tourist attraction in the Azores and one of the most visited places on S. Miguel island.