16 Things to Do in Sao Miguel, Azores • Tours & Hidden Gems

Nicknamed the Green Island for all of the gorgeous nature that it hosts, São Miguel is the largest of the 9 Islands of the Azores and is situated a 2-hour flight from Portugal’s mainland.

Whether you need to chill in pure scorching springs, be a part of a climbing tour, or gaze on the Atlantic Ocean from panoramic viewpoints, this hidden gem presents all this and rather more… So you can have a tough time deciding the place to begin.

Since I’ve simply come again from my trip in Sao Miguel, I made a decision to share my expertise with this information to the finest issues to do on São Miguel Island. Everything within the listing is split based mostly on the placement so you possibly can simply cut up your trip between the west, east and central São Miguel

I additionally included a bonus with the finest excursions on the island, some sensible tips on renting a automobile, meals, the climate, and extra… So you will have all the things you want right here!

NOTE: If you need to go to some other island within the Azores archipelago, São Miguel is the place the worldwide airport of the Azores is situated, so it’s price making a cease to test it out!

Let’s go!

If you might be in a rush 

If you simply need to take a look at the perfect actions on the island, right here you discover the perfect excursions in São Miguel Island.

Here are the primary issues to ebook prematurely:

Check out this map to see the place the perfect sights and actions in São Miguel Island are situated: 

1. Things to do on the West coast of Sao Miguel Island, Azores 

Now it’s time to discover all the highest highlights and pure wonders of the western half of São Miguel Island, together with Sete Cidades (the seven blue and inexperienced lakes), Mosteiros, the gorgeous metropolis of Ponta Delgada, and extra!

If you don’t have a lot time on the island otherwise you don’t have a automobile, you possibly can be a part of this full-day tour of São Miguel West, throughout which they’ll choose you up with a van and provide you with lunch for €70.

1.1 Experience Sete Cidades

1.1 azores with family Sete Cidades

The Lagoa das Sete Cidades (the seven cities’ lakes) is without doubt one of the island’s hottest locations to go to and top-of-the-line issues to do in Sao Miguel. It’s for motive, this place is completely gorgeous!

The identify Sete Cidades comes from the seven craters current on Sao Miguel island, ensuing from the volcanic eruptions of thousands and thousands of years in the past, which created the Verde, Azul, Santiago, Rasa, Alferes, and Caldeiras Secas lakes.

The Green and Blue lakes (known as twin lakes), are undoubtedly the star sights right here: 2 of the 7 wonders of Portugal! 

Even in the event that they appear like 2 separate lakes, they’re truly one lake divided by a bridge. The result’s a half-blue, half-green lake reflecting each the sky and the encompassing hills, the visible impact is simply loopy!

Hiking in Sete Cidades

1.1 Hikes around Sete Cidades

Here, you may also comply with many climbing paths, all taking a couple of hours to finish (2/3h) and bringing you wonderful viewpoints. The 2 BEST hikes you could find listed here are:

  1. The Mata Do Canário: This path lasts about 3-3.5 hours and is 7.3 miles (12 km) lengthy, beginning close to the Canary Forest and main you across the blue lake to finish within the village of Sete Cidades. During the hike, you’ll get pleasure from gorgeous views of the lakes, rolling inexperienced hills, the coast, and animals like cows. More info on the trail here
  2. Vista do Rei: This hike begins on the unbelievable Vista do Rei viewpoint and leads right down to the village of Sete Cidades, passing via the alternative sides of the lake crater than the Mata do Canário. The path is shorter than the earlier one, being 4.6 miles (7 km) lengthy and lasting 2-3 hours, however nonetheless presents views of the Sete Cidades on the precise, and of the coast of Sao Miguel Island on the left. More info about the hike here

Lookouts in Sete Cidade

Apart from wonderful hikes, Sete Cidade additionally presents unbelievable lookouts which might be reachable by automobile each 5 minutes. You’ll have essentially the most breathtaking views of the lake and pure landscapes. 

Here is an inventory of some MUST-sees:

Lookouts in Sete Cidade MUST sees
  1. Miradouro da Vista do Rei – This viewpoint presents the perfect views of the seven lakes and is situated simply beside the deserted Monte Palace resort. You can attain it by automobile because it presents 2 parking on web site.
  2. Miradouro da Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth) – This viewpoint is reachable with a brief, straightforward 15 min hike, and gives you a really magnificent view of the lakes sitting on the craters of earlier volcanos!
  3. Miradouro da Lagoa de Santiago – Here you’ll have views on to a small Vulcan lake surrounded by virgin inexperienced nature. You can attain it following one of many many hikes within the space, however while you get to the official viewpoint,  stroll about 500meters extra to see the perfect views
  4. Miradouro do Cerrado das Freiras – This Miradouro is nestled in a jungle-like plantation and presents views on the inexperienced lake. You’ll get there by a fast uphill hike or by automobile. The viewpoint is true on the road!

If you need to see the perfect of the seven hills, be a part of this 8 hour guided hike via the crater lakes and spectacular viewpoints, with a picnic lunch included, for €60

Location: Google maps

1.2 Swim on the heat seaside of Ponta da Ferraria

1.2 Things to Do in Azores with Kids warm beach Ponta da Ferraria

Ponta da Ferraria is a good looking seaside on essentially the most western level of the island, with a small thermal pool, very properly geared up with altering rooms, bathrooms, showers and a lifeguard on obligation. 

The water of the pool is heated by the geothermal pure spring beneath the waves, and mixes with the chilly water from the ocean, so completely different areas of the pool have completely different temperatures from 18C to 28C.

At low tide you possibly can simply entry the pool by a small inlet within the ocean, so take a look at when precisely it’s on the day you go! 

Also, the seaside will get highly regarded from the black volcanic stones, so be sure to take sunblock with you!

Location: Google maps

1.3 See the rocks of Mosteiros Beach

1.3 azores weather by month BeachMosteiros

Located by the small Mosteiros city, 45 minutes driving from Punta Delgada, there’s the picturesque Mosteiros seaside, that includes attention-grabbing rock formations coming from the ocean, black sand, and a pure pool

This spacious seaside presents a few of the finest sunsets on the entire island, and lots of cafes round the place you possibly can get pleasure from them with a contented hour drink! 

Location: Google maps

1.4 Visit the Azorean Pineapple Plantation

1.4 Explore Azorean Pineapple Plantation

Did you recognize that there are greater than 6,000 pineapple plantations in Sao Miguel and that it’s the solely place in the entire world the place they develop them in greenhouses?

A number of Pineapple plantations on the island are open to the general public and they’re an excellent event to find out how they develop and their historical past in Sao Miguel.

I’ve been to one among them (the Augusto Arruda Pineapple Plantation), and I can provide you a touch: as soon as within the Azores they produced quite a lot of oranges, however that they had a foul yr, and all of the crops died. Since oranges take 4 years to breed, whereas pineapples solely take from 8 months to 2 years (relying on the kind), they began to develop them as a substitute.

Now they produce a really particular sort of pineapple, tremendous candy and scrumptious, and they’re primarily saved within the Azores for native consumption and vacationers, and there are solely minimal exports.

This plantation in Ponta Delgada opened entry to vacationers without cost, so you possibly can truly see the way it grows. The idea is de facto good, you go in and skim all the information without cost and on the finish of the go to they even provide you with pineapple liqueur and jam without cost.

1.4 Azorean Pineapple Plantation

Then it’s as much as you to resolve if you wish to order one thing else or purchase the jam on the reward store (or you possibly can simply stroll away too, no onerous emotions!). 

The complete go to takes round 15-20 minutes, and is tremendous good and attention-grabbing, particularly in case you are touring with children!

P.S.: This location and the subsequent isn’t precisely within the West, however I’m including it right here nonetheless as a result of you’ll in all probability not do a lot in Ponta Delgada itself. 

Location: Google maps

1.5 Explore Ponta Delgada

1.5 where to stay in Sao Miguel Palacio de Sant Ana

Ponta Delgada is without doubt one of the finest (and major) cities the place to remain in Sao Miguel, and from the place many of the excursions to the perfect sights within the island begin. So in case you have sufficient time, it’s undoubtedly price trying out! 

I like to recommend you simply lose your self within the metropolis’s cobblestone streets. Look out for the Ponta Delgada waterfront, the central sq., the arches of town gates, and a few historic church buildings.

But there truly are some must-sees within the metropolis, above which the previous fortress Forte de Sao Bras, now a Military Museum, the Mercado da Graça (the native market) and the Jose do Canto Botanical Garden. All issues that you may take a look at on this 4-hours walking tour, for €35.

1.5 Jardim Botanico Antonio Borges

There are additionally 3(!) botanical gardens you must undoubtedly go to, verify them out: 

  • Jardim Botânico António BorgesThis is essentially the most well-known botanical backyard in Sao Miguel, with grottos, unique crops, tons of of years previous bushes, and a pleasant cafe the place to have a scrumptious snack. It truly jogged my memory of Quinta da Regaleira park in Sintra a bit of bit for the structure of the palace and the way the place was organized. And the doorway is free! 
  • Palacio de Sant’Ana – This stunning backyard is situated within the presidential palace and contains a lake, in addition to many bushes and flowers. It’s tremendous good to simply stroll and go searching. The entrance prices €2 (and they’ll ask to your ID earlier than getting into).
  • Jardim Botânico José do Canto – it’s €5 to enter and it’s a fairly massive properly organized backyard (see the map of the place here). You will see some endemic crops and distinctive bushes, the entire go to can take about an hour!

P.S.: If as a bonus you need to go to a really native place, take a look at the small fishing village of Caloura, solely 20 minutes from Ponta Delgada!

2. Things to do in Central Sao Miguel Island, Azores

2 Things to do in Central Sao Miguel Island Miradouro da Lagoa do Fogo

The central a part of São Miguel island is as stunning and wealthy in pure sights as its west and east coast, so I needed to dedicate a piece to that too. Let’s see the perfect issues to do in central Sao Miguel.

2.1 Relax at Ribeira Grande

2.1 Ribeira Grande best time on azores for vacation

Located within the north of São Miguel, that is undoubtedly my favourite seaside (and the largest one I’ve been to) on the entire island. There is tons of area for everybody, so it’s by no means actually crowded.

The waves are additionally good for newbie surfers. They’re very straightforward to catch and the water is shallow till far-off from the shore, so that you’ll discover many surf schools the place you possibly can take classes. It truly jogged my memory of Florianopolis in Brazil as a result of the situations appear good for newbie surfers!

As virtually in all places on the island, the seaside is totally geared up with all of the amenities: showers, bathrooms, altering rooms, and lifeguards! There is a pleasant cafe with the view to the ocean too!

Location: Google maps

2.2 See Salto do Cabrito

2.2 beautiful waterfall Salto do Cabrito how to get there

This is a small and exquisite waterfall the place you possibly can cease to have a refreshing dip (the water in summer time isn’t too chilly), to have a picnic, or to simply see it… the doorway is free!

There are 2 methods to get there: both following the 20 minute hike there from Termas das Caldeiras (different pure thermal swimming pools) or drive and park the automobile proper subsequent to the waterfall.

PRO TIP: If you might be getting there by automobile, don’t cease when you see the primary parking, go on for 3 extra minutes right down to go on to the autumn, in any other case it’s fairly a steep uphill strolling on the best way again!

Location: Google maps

2.3 Soak within the Caldeira Velha thermal swimming pools

2.3 Caldeira Velha thermal pools

Literally in the midst of the street connecting Riberia Grande to Ponta Delgada, there are different wonderful thermal swimming pools with a waterfall backdrop! The Caldeira Velha is ideal to stroll round or to simply absorb within the heat waters.

Just visiting them prices €3 for adults, whereas if you wish to swim too it’s €10 altogether, however think about that the water is a bit colder than in Poça da Dona Beija.

They settle for solely 150 individuals per hour so it simply will get booked out. I recommend you reserve your spot prematurely if you wish to go! 

You may even verify them out as part of this half-day guided trip from Ponta Delgada, throughout which they’ll additionally take you to the serene crater lake of Lagoa do Fogo and to Ribeira Grande, for €40.

Price: €3 entrance / €10 if you wish to swim within the thermal pool

Location: Google maps

2.4 Visit the Cha Gorreana Tea plantation

2.4 Visit the Cha Gorreana Tea plantation

Gorreana is the ONLY tea plantation in Europe, so use your likelihood!

The Chá Gorreana tea plantation is owned by a Fifth-generation household; they’ve been rising tea right here since 1883! Once there have been 62 tea plantations in all of the Azores Islands, however Cha Gorreana is now the one one left.

Nowadays, the tea factory is open to the general public and is an attention-grabbing place to go to to see how they produce black, inexperienced, and Oolong tea with conventional strategies and ‘Marshalls’ equipment courting again to the 1840s. 

You will be taught lots in regards to the processing and manufacturing of the tea, and on the finish of the go to, you possibly can cease on the tea room and reward store to pattern various kinds of teas! The go to can also be free! 

Location: Google maps

3. Things to do on the East coast of Sao Miguel Island 

As I discussed within the intro, I divided the perfect issues to do in São Miguel by zone, since I figured you’ll in all probability need to see all the things in a single a part of the island first after which drive to the opposite. 

I’ll begin my listing with the east coast, providing many pure wonders just like the Furnas Lake or parks just like the terra nostra gardens. If you will have a rental car, you possibly can verify them out at your personal tempo and desire. Otherwise, I discovered an awesome guided tour that takes you to many of the highlights of the east coast in at some point, for €70 per individual.

3.1 Have a picnic at Furnas Lake

3.1 Furnas Lake Unique Things To Do in The Furnas Valley

Along the south coast of Sao Miguel’s east aspect, you’ll discover Furnas Lake, by which waters are heated by the encompassing lava rock cliffs. This is a good looking place to simply chill, stroll round whereas having fun with the water views or have a picnic. 

Here you’ll additionally discover a museum (Capela de Nossa Senhora das Vitórias) the place you possibly can enter for simply €3 and be taught in regards to the initiative for cleansing the lake. We visited and it was very spectacular how a lot the individuals working there care in regards to the undertaking!

Sadly about 50 years in the past individuals used to throw chemical substances into the lake, so now they’re slowly cleansing the lake in an try and rebuild the pure habitat. Unfortunately, the waters are nonetheless affected by that (you’ll see it from the little foam of the waters), however they’re slowly attaining their objective!

If you don’t have a automobile to get there, you possibly can go to it on this 4 hours guided excursion to Sete Cidades, Furnas and Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), for €48.

Location: Google maps

3.2 See the Fumarolas da Lagoa das Furnas

3.2 Fumarolas da Lagoa das Furnas

Just north of Furnas lake you’ll discover a park with the true attraction of this place: the underground cooking pits (Fumarolas) within the geothermal springs. 

At ~11 am you will note individuals placing the normal Cozido das Furnas, a typical Portuguese stew consisting of beef, potatoes, and greens, within the gap to be ready for six/7 hours. Every gap is labeled with the identify of the restaurant which is at the moment cooking. This is a cool approach to decide on the place to have dinner!

It prices €3 to enter to see the Fumarolas and from right here you may also do a 2-hour hike to a waterfall for an additional €7. You want to indicate your park ticket on the entrance to the hike so be sure to don’t lose it!

Location: Google maps

3.3 Soak within the scorching springs at Poça da Dona Beija

3.3 Poca da Dona Beija2

Poça da Dona Beija is a really properly organized set of scorching springs and thermal swimming pools, every of them with completely different water temperatures so that you’ll for certain discover the precise one for you! The place is nestled in a jungle-like setting so it’ll make you are feeling relaxed immediately.

Here in addition they supply altering rooms, showers, and lockers, however if you wish to have entry to the final 2 you have to pay further. But, I’ve heard that they really don’t advocate having a shower immediately as a result of the nice minerals of the springs want time to soak up in your pores and skin! 

3.3 Poca da Dona Beija BEST Azores Romantic Activities for Couples

I beloved this place, it’s simply so stunning and quiet… undoubtedly one among my favourite issues to do in Sao Miguel, and is open all day lengthy (from 8.30 am to 11 pm)!

PRO TIP: Make certain you put on darkish swimming fits to the recent springs and don’t moist your hair whether it is dyed. The water of the springs is yellowish and may coloration your swimming go well with and hair. 

Price: €8 

Location: Google maps

3.4 Relax at Terra Nostra Gardens

3.4 Terra Nostra Gardens

If you need to spend some quiet time in a pure setting, I undoubtedly advocate you go to Terra Nostra Gardens, which are literally a part of the Terra Nostra Hotel within the city of Furnas.

In Terra Nostra park you possibly can soak within the scorching springs, simply stroll and lose your self of their very stunning gardens, or have a scrumptious meal on the Terra Nostra resort restaurant, the place they serve top-of-the-line cozido stew in all of Furnas!

NOTE: It is €10 to go to (€5 for teenagers) however please be aware that it closes fairly early (at 4.30 pm) so attempt to come within the morning if you wish to totally get pleasure from it!

Otherwise, you possibly can even go to the place as part of this full-day tour, together with a go to to the Gorreana Tea Plantation, and to the Furnas Lake and scorching springs, for €60.

Location: Google maps

3.5 See the Caldeiras mud springs

3.5 caldeira velha hot springs tickets

Only 5 minutes driving from Terra Nostra, you’ll discover the Caldeiras geothermal swimming pools. These scorching and dirt springs are in the identical volcanic advanced because the furna lake, surrounded by vivid inexperienced bushes. Another place in Sao Miguel to attach with nature and chill.

If you might be driving there, you’ll see geysers with the fog coming from the land and odor it immediately… you can not miss it!

The place is near a free parking spot and free to go to, so you possibly can truly simply do a fast cease to see them (when you don’t thoughts the odor, it does odor quite a bit!). 

Location: Google maps

3.6 Enjoy the view from numerous East Miradouros (lookouts)

Are you a fan of viewpoints? Then you’ll be blissful to know that on the east coast of Sao Miguel you’ll discover many cliffy lookouts with panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean. 

The lookouts listed here are one after the opposite round 5 minutes aside they usually all have parking spots!

If you will have a automobile, you possibly can mainly do a “Miradouros” tour, and take a look at the Atlantic Ocean from completely different angles. If this sounds cool to you, take a look at my favourite viewpoints in Sao Miguel East Coast:

3.6 Best view from various East Miradouros Take a tour with kids
  1. Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego – This is certainly my favourite Miradouro, extraordinarily properly curated with manicured gardens and bushes lower, benches in all places, picnic spots, and bbq… A very stunning place!
  2. Miradouro da Ponta da Madrugada – This jaw-dropping viewpoint presents virtually the identical views as Ponta do Sossego, however in a wilder context with wild bushes and untrimmed shrubs, and fewer crowds.
  3. Viewpoint Vista dos Barcos – This tiny viewpoint has a really good view of the lighthouse and the port from above (you possibly can hike to that lighthouse too when you really feel prefer it), and presents some seats to have a picnic.

P.S.: Another MUST-viewpoint in Sao Miguel is the one from Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paz, an historic chapel situated south of the island that was constructed after the apparition of the Virgin Mary to a shepherd. From right here you’ll have the perfect views of inexperienced fields and the Islet Vila Franco do Campo.

3.7 Explore Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões

3.7 Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes azores things to do with toddlers

This is certainly my private favourite park in Sao Miguel. It’s like a scene from a fairy story. Hortensias in all places, waterfalls and mills, and luxurious inexperienced cliffs… It jogged my memory of Bali or the Hobbiton in New Zealand!

Here you’ll discover 2 stunning waterfalls 600m from one another: the primary one is the primary attraction and comes from a tree-clung cliff, whereas the second is about in a garden-like setting. Make certain you don’t miss them! 

This is certainly a spot to get pleasure from some peace and chill, however when you really feel like is just too quiet for you, you possibly can be a part of this canyoning tour, throughout which you’ll discover Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões by leaping, sliding, and rappelling down the waterfalls, for €55.

Location: Google maps

BONUS: Best excursions in São Miguel

Best tours in Sao Miguel Whale watching tour

If you don’t need to rent a car throughout your vacation in São Miguel, you may also simply discover the island on the various excursions supplied. 

I’ve already talked about all through the publish the 2 full-day excursions to discover the East and the West coast of São Miguel, however I need to provide you with some extra choices, verify them out right here beneath:

  • Whale watching tour – Do you need to see blue whales? Then take a look at this 3-hours whale watching boat tour across the seashores and islets of Vila Franca do Campo (from the place the tour begins). You will spot whales, dolphins, marine turtles, and extra with a marine biologist information for €55.
  • Full day outdoors tour with lunch – Join this day tour of seven cities, and Lagoa do Fogo with lunch, throughout which you see the inexperienced and blue lakes and a few of the most spectacular views of the island. The tour additionally features a choose up out of your resort both in Vila Franca do Campo or in Ponta Delgada, all this for €70.
  • Jeep, Bike, & Kayak Ride – If you like out of doors sports activities, this enjoyable day journey is for you! They will choose you up at your resort in Punta Delgada and produce you to the seven cities nature reserve, the place you’ll paddle inside a Volcanic Crater, go for an adventurous trip on the highest of the lake shores, and benefit from the excellent views for €75
  • Thermal Baths and Dinner – Spend a soothing night on the Poça da Dona Beija thermal baths in Furnas throughout this nighttime 6-hour tour from Ponta Delgada. You shall be deep in a pure swimming pool, have a guided nature stroll, and check out the Cozido das Furnas, the normal Portuguese stew, for €65.

Practical Information

Now that we’ve got all of your actions deliberate, right here is a few sensible data that may be helpful to know earlier than truly attending to São Miguel and the opposite islands within the Azores. 

Where to eat in Sao Miguel, Azores

Where to eat in Sao Miguel Azores

Being a distant island in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, São Miguel has some peculiar and scrumptious meals you MUST attempt throughout your go to, so I gathered right here a fast listing of the commonest delicacies of the island, and the place to attempt them: 

P.S.: There usually are not many eating places outdoors of the few cities within the islands, and a few of the finest ones are concentrated in Ponta Delgada

  1. Cozido das Furnas: This is without doubt one of the most conventional meals within the Azores islands: a stew manufactured from meat, potatoes, and greens blended in a pot and cooked within the floor (utilizing the warmth of the geothermal springs) and buried for six/7 hours. The finest place to attempt it’s undoubtedly Terra nostra hotel.
  2. Pineapple: In the Azores, they produce a really particular sort of pineapple, tremendous candy and smaller than the common one. You can both purchase it on the many markets or go to go to a pineapple plantation to be taught additionally how they develop them. There are 6,000 plantations within the island, however solely a handful are open to the general public, just like the Augusto Arruda Pineapple Plantation the place they even provide you with pineapple liqueur and jam without cost!
  3. Seafood: With the wealthy marine life populating the ocean water across the Azores, you possibly can think about that recent fish is simply scrumptious right here! One of the perfect locations to attempt it’s Bar Caloura, situated in an unbelievable spot with direct views of the ocean. Some must-tries listed here are the mussels with their sauce, the tuna steak, and pineapple cake
  4. BBQ: In the Azores, the picnic tradition could be very robust, so that you’ll discover organized and clear picnic locations with rubbish bins, tables, benches, and many others., in any a part of the islands. It is quite common to seek out them in viewpoints (miradouros): the proper place to carry your personal meals and revel in it with breathtaking sundown and water views!
  5. Quiejadas da Vilas: In this listing, it couldn’t miss one thing candy, and these baked tarts are simply scrumptious! These yolky custards are initially from Vila Franca do Campo, so the perfect place to attempt them is on this local bakery, however you could find them in any cafeteria or bakery across the island.

Depending on how a lot time you will have on the island, you possibly can both do this meals by your self or be a part of this small-group food tour in Ponta Delgada, wealthy with a educated native information. They will carry you to pattern native specialties at many native markets and eateries like Mercado da Graca, Louvre Michaelense, and O Principe dos Queijos. The tour lasts 3 hours and prices €80.

Sao Miguel Weather

renting a car in Azores
best time to go to the Azores

The climate within the Azores presents gentle temperatures virtually year-round, starting from a minimal of 13ºC (55ºF) to a most of 28ºC (82ºF) in the summertime; there’s actually no low season there! Anyways, the hotter and finest time to go to the Azores is between June and October.

Since the Azores Islands are in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, the climate can change in a short time, so prepare for surprising rain showers at any time… Locals wish to say that you may expertise all 4 seasons in at some point, and that’s true.

If you need to take a look at how the climate is in a single a part of the island earlier than going there, Spot Azores is a really cool and helpful web site (you may also obtain the app) that provides you a reside webcam pic of how the situations are in a specific spot. That’s just about how we deliberate which a part of the island we’re visiting right this moment. 🙂 

The neatest thing you are able to do is all the time carry with you a lightweight jacket and an umbrella, however on the identical time additionally sun shades and powerful sunscreen… The solar is tremendous scorching there!

Renting a automobile

parking in Azores

The finest option to get round in Sao Miguel is certainly by automobile. Public transport isn’t that good on the island, and quite a lot of pure locations are inaccessible in any other case (except you be a part of a guided tour). That is what we did and we had no regrets!

Apart from that, having your personal rented automobile within the Azores presents many advantages. There are tremendous good high quality roads (not a lot uphill like in Madeira) right here, and there’s not a lot site visitors at any time of the day, so it’s fairly straightforward to get to locations. 

Other benefits or renting a automobile? You get quite a lot of stunning panoramas, you possibly can cease in any respect the viewpoints you need on the best way, and there’s a free automobile park virtually in all places!

Renting a car in São Miguel Island is feasible solely from Ponta Delgada, and prices about €80 a day (goes as much as 100 through the season). It is certainly not your tremendous reasonably priced €10 a day or one thing, however these are the costs at the moment and I don’t suppose it’s getting any cheaper sooner or later to be trustworthy. If you might be touring with household or a bunch of associates, you possibly can cut up!

Other islands within the Azores

Where to stay on Terceira 3rd largest Azorean island

We simply noticed all the things about Sao Miguel, a part of the Azores Archipelago, however there are nonetheless 8 islands left! 

Even if Sao Miguel is the largest one and the one one with an airport receiving worldwide and direct flights, from right here, you possibly can take the ferry or internal flights to different islands.

Even if all of them supply gorgeous nature, every island is exclusive and exquisite, so I gathered a fast listing of the 8 remaining Azores islands so you recognize what to anticipate from each:

  • Terceira – that is the third largest Azorean island, identified for its wealthy tradition and lots of summer time festivals. As in Sao Miguel, right here you possibly can dip in pure swimming swimming pools or on nice seashores, discover an actual volcano (Algar do Carvão), and go to town of Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that appears like Cuba for its colourful streets.
  • Pico – Pico, the 2nd largest island within the Azores, is called the island of mountains, internet hosting the highest peak in Portugal (over 7,000 ft): one of the crucial in style climbing trails in Europe! The island panorama is characterised by a big volcano, stone partitions, and vineyards. Locals have been making white and crimson wine right here because the fifteenth century
  • Corvo – referred to as “The Black Island of the Azores”, is the smallest of the Azores Islands, with just one village and a inhabitants of 400 individuals, who’re all very pleasant to vacationers. If you like birds, that is the place to be, receiving uncommon migratory chook species from everywhere in the world
  • Faial – Faial is named “Blue Island” for the numerous blue hydrangeas flowers that cowl the island in summer time and is the 4th greatest island of the archipelago. This is a well-liked cease for these crossing the Atlantic, so it all the time has a full of life environment, particularly within the summertime.
Other islands in the Azores Viewpoint Vista dos Barcos
  • Flores Island – Flores (that means flowers) is the greenest island within the Azores, that includes lush botanical gardens, many alternative flowers, wild animal life, crater lakes, and lots of waterfalls… A paradise for nature lovers and out of doors fanatics! With a inhabitants of 4,000 inhabitants, Flores Island isn’t too touristy and really tranquil.
  • São Jorge This island is the foodie’s paradise, identified for the perfect cheeses (just like the well-known Queijo São Jorge) and shellfish in Azores Islands, and internet hosting the one artisanal espresso plantation in Europe, the place you possibly can have a scrumptious espresso whereas gazing on the stunning view of Pico Island.
  • Graciosa – Meaning “graceful” this small island could be very peaceable and is definitely the flattest island within the Azores, the rationale why it’s used for agricultural functions. This place is good for diving, recognizing dolphins and whales, or simply stress-free on one of many 2 seashores.
  • Santa Maria – Located furthest south, Santa Maria has the warmest and sunniest climate within the Azores, characterised by white sandy seashores and clear waters the place you possibly can dip or dive all yr spherical. This island can also be the oldest of the Azores archipelago, so it’s the “mother island”. 
🤩 Range of actions: Average
👪 Family-friendly rating: Medium
🚗 Best day journey: Sao Miguel East
🎢 Top paid attraction: Lagoa das Furnas
🚶🏽‍♂️ Best free exercise: Two Lakes, at Sete Cidades
👧 Best attraction for teenagers: Whale watching tour
⛪ Best church: Nossa Senhora da Paz
🍍 Must attempt meals: Pineapple 
📅 How many days: 3-5 days 
📍 Best place to remain: Furnas boutique hotel
✈️ Cost of touring: Medium

FAQs about São Miguel, Azores Islands

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🤩 What are the perfect issues to do when visiting Sao Miguel, Azores Islands?

The finest issues to do in Sao Miguel are seeing the 2 lakes on the in style Seven Cities, seeing how they cook dinner the normal Cozido das Furnas on the Lagoa das Furnas, or a dip within the pure swimming pool of Ponta da Ferraria, in a pure cove.

📅 How many days do you want in São Miguel Azores?

To go to most of Sao Miguel’s pure sights, you want at the least 3-5 days

🏨 Which is the perfect place to remain in São Miguel?

The finest locations to remain in Sao are Furnas boutique hotel, which has a tremendous place to discover the east aspect of the island, and Terra Nostra resort, which hosts a good looking backyard.

📍 Where is Sao Miguel, Azores?

São Miguel, the largest of the Azores Archipelago of mainland Portugal, is situated within the North Atlantic Ocean, a 2-hour flight from Lisbon.


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There you will have it, this was my listing of the perfect issues to do in Sao Miguel, the biggest of the Azores islands.

Here there’s all the things you must have in your bucket listing when visiting São Miguel: boat excursions to discover its wealthy marine life, seashores with a pure scorching spring, volcanic lakes, day journeys round this magical island, and rather more!

In all honesty, I used to be pleasantly shocked about how nice the infrastructure on the island is – the roads are in good situation and there usually are not many vehicles on it, there are completely organized and clear BBQ stands (with wooden and rubbish bins!) each 20 min on the street, all seashores have showers and altering cabins and most of them have a lifeguard on obligation too. All the bushes and bushes are so properly curated and manicured, I assumed we’re someplace in New Zealand, not in Portugal! 🙂 

Anyway, I hope you discovered this journey information helpful, however when you suppose I’ve missed one thing, please let me know within the feedback beneath, I shall be tremendous blissful to replace my listing!

Have a tremendous vacation! 


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