Overview

The main island of the Azores, São Miguel still maintains a unique charm where life is polite and unhurried. It’s a great island for a first visit with easy flight connections, a wealth of things to see and activities to do, and some of the Azores’ most spectacular volcanic scenery.

From quiet fishing villages to remote crater lakes to boiling pools, this island has it all.

Highlights

Visit SãoMiguel's three stunning crater lakes – Sete Cidades, Furnas and Lagoa do Fogo. Sete Cidades, a green, fairy-tale crater with its twin lakes is almost ten miles in circumference while Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) is the most remote of the lakes set within an imposing mountain range.
For a leisurely trip, visit the pretty fishing port of Caloura stopping at one of the coastal restaurants on the way to try the local seafood, or head for the sandy beaches at Populo and Praia, both excellent spots to refresh and relax.
Through the city gates of the bustling capital, Ponta Delgada, lies a traditional centre home to some beautiful examples of Portuguese architecture dating back to the 17th century. A whole day can easily be spent here, visiting the museums and churches and sampling the local delicacies of pineapple, cheeses, wines, fresh fish and liqueurs. The valley of Furnas in the eastern highlands is a true paradise; with its beautiful flower-lined lake, botanical garden and Caldeiras (hot springs) it is guaranteed to make your stay a truly memorable one.

Activities

São Miguel offers the widest range of activities throughout the year from whale watching to canyoning, from family cycle rides to birdwatching tours.

Accommodation

Of all the islands, São Miguel offers the widest range of beautiful accommodation. With romantic boutique style hotels, modern Scandinavian style chalets, and traditional manor houses, there is sure to be somewhere to suit you.

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