3 hours! If you live in mainland Portugal, you will need only 3 hours to reach the Azores!
It is easy and at the same time difficult to talk about São Miguel and the Azores. Perhaps the next paragraph can speak for me.
“The first time I went to the Azores I was 40 years old. A few hours after landing I thought: “How could I have waited 40 years to see such a BEAUTY? How was it possible to have met so many foreign countries and never come to the Azores before?”
SAO MIGUEL AZORES PORTUGAL
In the vastness of the blue ocean, chance, nature (or God) has created a place so full of such profound beauty that it makes us reflect on our place in the universe: the Azores.
São Miguel is the largest island in the Azores archipelago. Its lakes, geysers, thermal waters, volcanic lakes, gastronomy and landscape are its great attractions. São Miguel is the largest island of the Azores archipelago. It is 62 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide.
The population of São Miguel represents more than half of the total population of the Azores. This island is part of the eastern group of the archipelago (together with the island of Santa Maria).
VIRTUAL TOUR TO SÃO MIGUEL
WHAT CAN’T I MISS?
Get ready! The list is long… We start with…
PONTA DA FERRARIA
n emblematic place on the island! It is a natural “pool” in circular form. The water is heated by volcanic vapors and mixes with the Atlantic water. You must pay attention to the tides. When the tide is full, the hot water feels little. When the tide is low, the hot water feels too much. Plan your visit so that you can enter the “pool” when the tide is half full/empty.
SEVEN-CITY LAKE (LAGOA DAS 7 CIDADES)
Lagoons are the trademark image of the Azores archipelago. But the Lagoon of the 7 cities is not just another lagoon, it is LAGOA! Blue and green, it’s a breathtaking beauty. Although all the viewpoints are appealing, we recommend the viewpoint seen from the king and the Cumeeiras viewpoint (this is much less known and is just opposite the viewpoint seen from the king). Be sure to visit the village of the 7 towns so that you can explore the shores of the lagoon and enjoy the lagoon up close.
LAKE OF FIRE (LAGOA DO FOGO)
Another unmissable lagoon in São Miguel! It is the tallest lagoon (575 meters) and the second largest on the island. The Lagoa do Fogo is located inside a volcanic caldera. During your drive up to the top, you will have many opportunities (belvederes) to enjoy the landscape from different angles. If the day is clear and without clouds (fog), you will once again have a view that will be forever etched in your memory. Important tip: prepare yourself psychologically for the setbacks of the weather (fog that prevents the visibility of the places you plan to visit).
You can check the weather (fog) through a webcam HERE! Choose the webcam “Fire Lagoon”.
After you reach the top of the lagoon, we suggest you walk down to the beach (it will take about 30 minutes – equivalent to 2 kilometers walking). Down there you will have the whole lagoon to yourself. Bring suitable footwear!
There are many activities you can do at Furnas! You can go see the geysers and fumaroles in the center of the village. The village itself also deserves a walk. You can go for a walk through the park, the boiler (you have to pay 1 euro) and the furnas lagoon itself. Regarding the gastronomy, be sure to try the famous cozido das furnas as well as its leavened breads.
WHEN YOU VISIT SAO MIGUEL AZORES PORTUGAL?
The Azores archipelago has a subtropical maritime climate. Temperatures are moderate all year round and humidity is always high. Rain and fog are frequent and do not choose seasons (although in summer it rains a little less). The temperature range is very low (about 10 degrees between the coldest and warmest month).
Although the climate is fairly uniform throughout the year, the rainiest months are October, November and December. In June, July and August it rains less but the sky can be very cloudy.
GRAPH OF TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL AT A SLIM TIP
In short, visiting São Miguel means seeing and admiring magnificent landscapes. It means climbing to the top of the islands and looking for the best viewpoints. But the weather (especially the fog) does not always help us. To minimize this “risk”, the summer months are those in which you are most likely to enjoy all the wonders that the island of São Miguel has to offer.
WHERE CAN I SLEEP IN SAO MIGUEL AZORES PORTUGAL?
In São Miguel, the most central place is Ponta Delgada. You can choose to stay in Ponta Delgada and travel by car to the places you will visit. You can also choose to sleep in the different regions of the island. Both options are good and viable.
I WANT TO STAY IN A FANTASTIC PLACE!
AZORES ATLÂNTICO GRAND HOTEL
The overall guest rating is 9.5/10. 5-star hotel, located in front of Ponta de Delgada Marina. Besides the common facilities of a 5-star hotel, the Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico also offers a permanent exhibition on maritime transport, laundry service, and babysitting.
It has an overall rating of 9.3/10. The hotel has a spa, conference rooms and 123 rooms overlooking the sea. It is very central and very close to several tourist attractions (São Brás Fort and São Sebastião Main Church). The couples particularly like the location of the hotel has assigned a rating of 9.2/10.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY FOR A GOOD PRICE?
GREEN VALLEY HOTEL
Over 400 customer comments and an overall rating of 8.5/10. It’s in the center of furnas city. The rooms have private bathrooms and a panoramic view. It’s a great option for those who like to go hiking. There are several walks recommended by the hotel. It also has private parking and a car rental service.
CHANGE THE WORLD HOSTELS
Over 350 comments and an overall rating of 8.6/10. It has female dorms, mixed dorms and twins rooms. The hotel rents bicycles and is located in an ideal area for those who like to ride bicycles. The center of Ponta Delgada is only 2 kilometers away and the airport 4 kilometers away. It has a terrace and sea view in some units.
NIGHT OUT IN SAN MIGUEL
Saint Michael has a remarkable nightlife. There are many options for those who like to have a drink at night and listen to music. São Miguel has valid options for those who like Jazz, for those who like pool games, for those who like to be in a bar chatting and also for those who like live music. If you like to go out at night, you won’t be disappointed in São Miguel.
ARE THERE BEACHES IN SAO MIGUEL AZORES PORTUGAL?
The beaches of the Azores are not your main tourist attraction. The sands are small and black (of volcanic origin). Still, the monastery beach is the most beautiful beach of São Miguel. On a sunny day, it will be a pleasure to extend your beach and enjoy the sun. The water temperature in summer usually varies between 21 and 23 degrees. In the remaining seasons, the temperature is usually between 17 and 21 degrees.
WHAT TO EAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN SAO MIGUEL AZORES PORTUGAL?
If you like to eat and if you go to São Miguel, you can’t help but try these dishes!
COZIDO À PORTUGUESA DAS FURNAS
The quality of the meat, the quality of the sausages and the quality of the vegetables are the factors that make the difference in this cozido das furnas. The stew is cooked with the natural heat from the natural boiler. The Vale das Furnas restaurant is the most sought after restaurant for this dish.
HAVE A STEAK
Going to St Michael’s and not eating a nice regional steak is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope! The most famous restaurant to try this delicacy is the Agricultural Association of San Miguel. Here you have at your disposal 3 different cuts and 9 varieties. But there are many other restaurants where you can try the Steak of St. Michael.
EVENTS IN SAO MIGUEL AZORES PORTUGAL
Those who live in big cities tend to think that culture is limited to the big urban centers of continental Portugal. Wrong!
Music, exhibitions, sports events, science, congresses, popular festivals, art workshops, academic meetings and much more! If you think that culture doesn’t reach the island of São Miguel then I must tell you that you are wrong. Click HERE to see the next events.
CONCISE HISTORY OF SAO MIGUEL AZORES PORTUGAL
The exact date of discovery of the Azores is still unknown. In 1432, Gonçalo Velho Cabral discovered the island of Santa Maria and in 1457 all the islands of the archipelago had already been visited. The colonization of the islands began in 1439 mainly with the population from Minho, Algarve, and Alentejo. The second island to be discovered was precisely São Miguel. The first capital of São Miguel was Vila franca do campo. In 1522, a great eruption buried the then capital of São Miguel. It was then Ponta Delgada’s turn to take over. Between 1580 and 1640, the Azores (as well as mainland Portugal) were subject to Spanish rule. After regaining independence, the Azores assumed a major role in world maritime trade. In 1976, the Azores became an autonomous Portuguese region.
PORTUGUESE PERSONALITIES BORN IN SAO MIGUEL AZORES PORTUGAL
ANTERO DE QUENTAL (1842-1891)
Poet, philosopher and writer.
TEÓFILO BRAGA (1843 – 1924)
Poet, sociologist, politician, philosopher. He presided over the country, albeit fleetingly, from 29 May to 5 October 1915.
NATÁLIA CORREIA (1923 – 1993)
Poet, intellectual and congresswoman She was an intellectual and social activist, author of an extensive and varied work published by PS between 1980 and 1991.