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.
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.
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.
Spa and bathing site with therapeutic water springs that have been used since the fifteenth century.
Franciscan convent built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The church has an impressive Baroque facade with portal flanked by columns, while inside the retable of the centre altar in gold carvings.
A waterfall of warm, iron water where you can take a dip, it is located on the north slope of the Fogo Volcano.
Designed mainly according to the Late Gothic style, the main facade of Manueline style stands out for the royal coat of arms and the shield with the arrows of the martyrdom of St. Sebastian. It was later changed in the eighteenth century. On the south facade, there are two busts ...
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.
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.
One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. These lakes can be seen from the Vista do Rei (King’s View) Lookout, named after King ...
Considered to be a Mother Church, it was built in the fifteenth century and has undergone several renovations, the last of which dates from the eighteenth century. It has an interesting facade and carved altars. It keeps statues from the old Franciscan convent.
Located in the municipality of Nordeste, these are prime locations to see the sun rising.
A nature reserve since 1974, this crater lake reaches a maximum depth of 30 metres.