PORTUGAL O. San Miguel. Tours in Portugal. Holidays in Portugal
The island of são Miguel is the largest and most charming among all the Azores. Its dimensions are 65 kilometers long and 12 kilometers wide. The island’s population is a little over 120,000 people. This island is quite often referred to as the “green island” because of its beautiful green landscape. There are not many comfortable beaches Practically the entire coastline is a marine rocks that crash into the shore, especially on the East coast. The highest point in the San Miguel mountain Pico da Vara (1103 metres).
The capital of the island — Ponta Delgada (Ponta Delgada).
In the Northern part of San Miguel is “the lake of Fire” (Lagoa do Fogo), where tourists can cook “cozido das Furnas”, the famous Azorean dish (meat, stewed in the hot springs). Way of cooking this dish is quite spicy: a pan of raw meat and vegetables wrapped in cloth and buried in volcanic ash for several hours.
The second largest city on the island after the capital is Ribeira Grande (Ribeira Grande). It is a 20-minute drive from Ponta Delgada. There is quite a beautiful historic centre and beautiful beaches, with very good conditions for surfing. In addition, it is the most convenient point for trips to the lake Lagoa do Fogo.
The pride of the island of são Miguel — Terra Nostra (Terra Nostra), a very large Park, whose founder was Thomas Hickling known on the Islands, a merchant from Boston. In the 19th century he planted 12 hectares of beautiful trees and lots of flowers, among which pride of place is occupied hydrangeas are a powerful symbol of the Azores.
Five kilometers away from the “Fiery lake” is the beautiful lake Lagoa do the Congres, and a beautiful double lake Lagoa das Sete-Cidades. Another worthwhile natural attraction of the island is the crater of Sete-Cidades around which beaten several scenic Hiking trails. From architectural monuments of San Miguel are worth a visit: the Church of St. Sebastian, St. Peter’s Basilica, the palaces of Fonte Bela and Santa Ana, the house-Museum Carlos Bushido and the town Hall,
Conceicao and Santa Catarina.
80 km from Ponta Delgada is a Park Nordest, “end of the world island”. There’s Hiking trails, equipped camping and two excellent beach. Great interest for tourists are picturesque water mills. In addition, it is worth to visit the famous tobacco plantation in the village of San Antonio, the big tea factory of Gorreana (Correana), as well as the picturesque Vale das Furnas, natural underground hot springs.
How to get there:
On the territory of the island of San Miguel not to follow relatively complex paths, but rather using widely available and has long been known by local inhabitants of paths easy to get to the desired destination, UK for those who have time to spare, but there is a sufficient amount of cash, you can use the aerial vehicle aircraft departing from outside the aviation hub of ethnic name of John Paul II (Joao Paulo II), which in turn manages many of internal/ local traffic on the territory of the island, besides all this, there are numerous international flights departing from outside the territory of the European continent, and also borders the North American plains region. The company Internatinal SATA ( in continental English pronunciation it sounds like SATA International) and TAP air Portugal ( English in the local dialect it’s pronounced “TAP Air Portugal”) is the Central Portuguese air carriers serving the territory of the island.