If you’re planning your first visit to the Azores, we’ll often recommend Sao Miguel – an island of remarkable lansdcapes with warm and welcoming locals.
Being the largest island in the Azores, there’s so much to see and do on Sao Miguel – particularly for couples and families who love keeping active and enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, diving, surfing, canyoning, coasteering, sailing, fishing, hiking, road cycling and mountain biking. The Azores are also Europe’s number one destination for whale and dolphin watching – whether you’re looking for a dedicated week focussing on sealife or if you’d simply like to add a day-trip to your stay, and our crews are the best in the Azores.
Sao Miguel is one of the more-obviously volcanic islands in the archipelago. To east is Furnas: one of the island’s oldest calderas. There are over thirty geysers and mineral-rich springs in and around Furnas village and on the shores of it’s crater lake. It’s this hot earth and a giddy-mix of aromas from the wild aloe, the ancient cedars and the bubbling aquifers that give Furnas a semi-tropical feel. Nowhere more so than at the 200-year-old Parque Terra Nostra: home to Sao Miguel’s famous geothermal swimming pool.
To the west is the island’s largest caldera Sete Cidades – a must-see destination for most visitors to the islands for it’s extraordinary beauty. For the more energetic, Sete Cidades has an excellent variety of walking trails and cycling routes, and it’s twin-crater-lakes are a breath-taking kayaking spot.
In town, the capital Ponta Delgada is a welcoming, friendly city where everything is accessible on foot, including many of the island’s best restaurants. It’s also the Azorean city that’s best-connected to the outside world, with twice-weekly direct flights from the UK, daily direct flights from Boston and Lisbon, and direct flights most days from Toronto.
Sao Miguel’s direct flight connections with the UK, USA and Canada make it the perfect destination for a family holiday.
Sao Miguel is Europe’s best year-round whale and dolphin watching destinations. One of the best times to visit is in the Spring – as migrating Blue whales pass through in April and May.
The island’s boutique hotels are perfect for a tailor-made honeymoon.