One of the most different corners of Portugal, and still little explored by tourists when compared to other Portuguese areas, is the Azores archipelago. The nine islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean are the perfect destination for those who want to rest and recharge!
In addition, traveling is also synonymous with knowing different customs and surprising places, right? For this reason, São Miguel Island cannot be left out of your itinerary. It is one of the most visited in the archipelago, with several attractions linked to nature. Both the cuisine and the landscape will delight you.
One of the quickest ways to get to the island is by taking a flight from Lisbon, heading to the city of Ponta Delgada – it’s a journey of just under two and a half hours! Tickets are also usually very affordable. For you to get a sense of the values and already guarantee a flight, just click here 🙂
Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Lagoa das Sete Cidades is a must for anyone visiting the island of São Miguel. It is one of the most iconic spots in this region, both for its beauty as well as its size. It’s that kind of place that leaves you open-mouthed, you know?
To have a nice view of it, there are two viewpoints with beautiful panoramas: the Grota do Inferno and the Vista do Rei viewpoint. The view from these two places is surreal, I swear! It is one of the points that we most want to know in Portugal.
Lagoa do Fogo
Like Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Lagoa do Fogo is always one of the favorite places for those visiting the Azores. It sits inside an ancient volcano, so the whole landscape around it is breathtaking. The green that covers this entire region makes it look like a lie.
In addition to all the scenery around the lagoon, the tone of its water is another thing that impresses. It’s a blue from another world! If you want to have access to this wonderful place, just follow the path towards the Miradouro da Serra da Barrosa.
Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint
The Ponta do Sossego viewpoint is one of the most different in São Miguel. His whole path and the region he is in is full of beautiful flowers and plants. It is a very pleasant walk to be done in the late afternoon, taking advantage of the sunset to have an even more beautiful view of part of the archipelago. The coast of São Miguel Island and the ocean were a passionate and enchanting setting – it is very worth going!
Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park
Located in the northeast region of São Miguel Island, the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park is still little explored by tourists. In addition to all its natural beauty, full of small rivers and waterfalls, the mills are the main attractions for those who go to the place.
The five mills are from the 16th century and for many years were the source of income for several families that inhabited that area. If you are interested in knowing more about the history of the place, this is a good option. They also have a small ethnographic museum and local craft shops 🙂
Although not yet explored, Lagoa do Congro is an amazing place. The vegetation around the lagoon is very dense and surrounds the entire region with water, forming an incredible landscape. It’s like you find a magical place in a forest!
It is located in the central region of the island, about 6 km away from Vila Franca do Campo. After parking the car, you will still need to walk for approximately 700 meters until you reach the lagoon, but I promise that at the end of the journey you will not regret it. Take advantage of the fact that you will be there to take a stroll around the Lagoa dos Nenúfares!
Another place that cannot be left out of your list is Caldeira Velha. This natural paradise is known for its thermal waters, which reach high temperatures because they are located in craters of volcanoes and in a gasification zone. One of the main attractions of this small park is the fall of hot water that flows from the volcanic rock formations! It is a beautiful and super relaxing environment.
One of the first things you will hear about when you arrive at São Miguel Island is about the Furnas stew. This is one of the most traditional dishes in the region, made of vegetables, meats and sausages. His differential is that it is prepared in a hole under the ground and cooked with steam from the volcanoes themselves!
In fact, this is the grace of Furnas. Lots of smoke coming out of several holes and even puddles of hot mud. Ah, this part of the island also has swimming pools with thermal waters. Just look for Poça da Dona Beija and enjoy.
There’s a lot of different things to know around the island, right? If you know of any tips I left out of this list, comment here so we can find out 😉