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.
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.
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.
Spa and bathing site with therapeutic water springs that have been used since the fifteenth century.
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 ...
The Canário Lake Wood occupies the area that coincides with the caldera of the crater lake of the same name.
Located in the municipality of Nordeste, these are prime locations to see the sun rising.
A small fishing village with traditional fishing boats and a sheltered beach.
A nature reserve located approximately one km away from the coast, it features a salt water inlet inside. A popular spot for visitors during the summer.
The foundation of the Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope dates from the sixteenth century and was later changed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The chapel is richly ornamented with gold carvings and tiles from the eighteenth century, produced by the factory Real ...
One of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, it features a thermal swimming pool and more than 2,000 different trees.
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 stands out with the image of Our Lady of the Conception, along with the side ...
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.