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.
One of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, it features a thermal swimming pool and more than 2,000 different trees.
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.
The Canário Lake occupies the area that coincides with the caldera of the crater lake of the same name.
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.
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 ...
A nature reserve since 1974, this crater lake reaches a maximum depth of 30 metres.
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 ...
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.
Situated on the west shore of the Furnas Lake reflecting itself in the water, it is an impressive neo-Gothic building that is unique in the whole archipelago. The temple was built in the late nineteenth century by José do Canto (1820-1898), a renowned Azorean with a special ...
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.
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.