Graceful and gorgeous, the Island of Sao Miguel represents the biggest island amongst the nine islands forming the Azores Archipelago.
This astonishing island is famous for its pristine natures, breathtaking landscapes, volcanic scenery, beautiful beaches, rich marine life, waterfalls and the wide range of colorful flowers.
Sao Miguel’s natural beauty brought it a huge popularity all over the world, as well as the nickname and recognition of «Green Island» (Ilha Verde). This green corner of paradise surrounded by crystal clear waters and lovely rays of sun is the perfect recipe for an unforgettable holiday.
You definitely cannot miss one of the island’s most beautiful attractions represented by the incredible Lagoa de Sete Cidades, which is situated in the Western part of the island. Considered one of the great natural wonders of the Azores archipelago, the mesmerizing 7 cities lake is the largest freshwater lake in the Azores and in fact consists of two lagoons: Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul, whose formation and beauty could be explained by a famous legend, which states they are the tears of star-crossed lovers, a green-eyed princess and a blue-eyed shepherd.
Hidden in the centre of Sao Miguel’s island, Lagoa de Fogo or “Lake of Fire” is one of the most picturesque lakes of Sao Miguel which rests in the central caldera of the Água de Pau Massif, the youngest volcano on the island. The Lake of Fire represents a protected nature reservation and the crater’s walls are covered with a multitude of endemic plant species. You can easily spend an entire day here, admiring the beauties of this marvellous place and indulging yourself with an invigorating mineral bath while exploring Caldeira Grande.
Another popular destination which is definitely worth visiting is Furnas Valley, which represents the center of Sao Miguel’s unique geothermal activity. The entire Furnas valley is a giant volcanic crater which last erupted in 1630. The volcano is now dormant, but it can be admired through its thermal pools, steam holes and hot springs.
After you have admired the steaming geysers, you can dip into one of the hot springs or try the local specialty dish Cozida das Furnas in one of the Furnas restaurants.
The mesmerizing Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões is simply glourious by its setting in the Nordeste region, the varying vegetation, its waterfalls and watermills (some are still functional while some now house the craft shop and the tourist office), its fountains, walking trails and the most amazing views.
The Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, situated just off the south shore of Sao Miguel is just a heavenly place, surrounded by a magical landscape accompanied by dramatic cliffs and the ocean’s sapphire water. In addition to its overflowing beauty, this unique place also houses a variety of bird species, rich marine life, towering cliffs and thick endemic vegetation.
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Discover these enchanting places and meet nature in its purest state in Sao Miguel with your family and friends, living the most beautiful moments at their fullest and enjoying an unforgettable holiday!
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