São Miguel is the biggest island of the archipelago, with 62.1 km in length and 15.8 km at its maximum width. More than half of the Azorean population (137.856 inhabitants in 2011) occupies an area of 744.7 sq. km. Together with Santa Maria, located 81 km away, São Miguel is part of the Eastern Group of the Azores Archipelago. With an altitude of 1,105 m, Pico da Vara is the island’s highest point located at 37°48’34’’ latitude north and 25°12’40’’ longitude west.
Commissioned in the sixteenth century to defend the city against attacks of corsairs and pirates, the Fort of St. Blaise was the most important fortification of the city’s defence system, strategically located to the west of the narrow strip of land after which Ponta Delgada was ...
One of the most iconic monuments of Ponta Delgada, the Portas da Cidade (City Gates) were built in the eighteenth century next to the old quay and then transferred to the Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square during construction of the seaside Prince Henry Avenue. Composed of three ...
The Ribeira dos Caldeirões Park corresponds to a landscape valuation project that aimed at using for tourist purposes a set of water mills and the whole structure of paths that existed here, seeking to create an in loco museum.
Located in the centre of the Furnas Valley, with access from the Marquês da Praia Square, the Terra Nostra Park is one of the largest and oldest gardens in the Azores (12.5 hectares) whose history is connected to the transformation of Furnas into a health and tourist resort.
A nature reserve since 1974, this crater lake reaches a maximum depth of 30 metres.
One of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, it features a thermal swimming pool and more than 2,000 different trees.
Built over an old chapel, the present-day church, dating from the eighteenth century, features three naves with remarkable sculptural pieces from the eighteenth century by Castro Machado. It also has a pipe organ.
Spa and bathing site with therapeutic water springs that have been used since the fifteenth century.
Located in the municipality of Nordeste, these are prime locations to see the sun rising.
A waterfall of warm, iron water where you can take a dip, it is located on the north slope of the Fogo Volcano.
The Canário Lake occupies the area that coincides with the caldera of the crater lake of the same name.
Dating back to the nineteenth century, they include the António Borges Garden, named after the greatest Azorean landscape architect, and the José do Canto Garden, which has rare collections of plants.