São Miguel

São Miguel is the largest island in the Archipelago and maintains a charm typical of the Azores, where life is polite and unhurried. A wealth of things to see and activities to do, you’ll find scenes of untouched beauty as you explore this magical island.

São Miguel is composed of two volcanic ranges with 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.

Island figures
Length 65km
Breadth 14km
Surface area 746km²
Population 130,000

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