Guides to São Miguel & The Azores

São Miguel: Sights

Everything you need to know

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There are many great things to do and see on São Miguel from whale watching to hikes and of course the lakes and coastline. Everything you need to know is contained in our guide to this island.

São Miguel: Location Map

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Guest exclusive: With so many great things to do and see on São Miguel, but a lot of miles between each we have created this guest only Google Map with pins. This means that you can plan a day by day trip with the most efficiency.

São Miguel: Photography Spots

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Guest exclusive: Save time with this map to all the best spots to get photos of São Miguel.

São Miguel: Restaurants & Bars

Our insider tips of places to eat

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With so many amazing places to eat you are spoilt for choice on São Miguel. From the most well known restaurants on the island to those "local favorites" where tourists rarely venture we have them all reviewed and listed for you in this handy guide.

São Miguel: Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants

Our insider tips of places to eat

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With so many amazing places to eat you really are spoilt for choice on São Miguel. From the most well known restaurants on the island to those "local favorites" where tourists rarely venture we have them all reviewed and listed for you in this handy guide.

Off The Beaten Path

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Guest exclusive: As you would expect, we save our best tips, beautiful places to see and off the beaten track local only spots for our guests. Use the WIFI password here to gain access to this page and access the best that São Miguel has to offer. Keep it special and don't share!

Rain in the Azores – Top 5

Don't let rain stop you

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The Azores is green, beautiful, of that there is no doubt. But to be that green you have some occasional rain. Don't let that ruin your holiday, or put you off coming to the Azores. Here we have some of the best things to do when it rains, meaning you can still enjoy the best the Azores has to offer.

Azores – The Basics

What you need to know

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A quick breakdown of the basics you need to know before coming to the Azores. Including car hire tips, weather and traveling around the island.

Azores – The Weather

Change, change, change

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There is a saying here in the Azores, "if it is raining, just wait 5 minutes and it will be sunny." The weather can change frequently during the day, but also from town to town. Read up on what you need to know to take advantage of your time in this beautiful place.

Inter-Island Flights

See more. Do more

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As the Azores is made up of 9 islands, we highly recommend seeing at least one other if you have the time. Read our guide to how to do this and what time you need to allow to fly between the islands that make up the Azores.

Faial

Known as Ilha Azul or Blue Island

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The island is also known as Ilha Azul or Blue Island, due to the Hydrangeas that bloom during the summer months. Faial is hilly; the highest mountain, the Cabeço Gordo Caldera, is 1,043 meters high and the inner crater is 2 km wide and 500 meters deep. The deepest part of the crater is filled with a lake.

Pico

Named after Ponta de Pico

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Pico, is named after its imposing mountain Ponta de Pico or Pico Alto, which is the highest mountain of Portugal and also the highest elevation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Pico with its 300,000 years the “youngest” island of the Azores. The island is situated 17 km south of São Jorge and just 6 km west of Faial. If you wish, you can stay on the island of Faial and have easy access to Pico. The ferry from Horta to Madalena only takes about ½ hour. There are departures all day long.

Terceira

Beautiful scenery

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Located in the central group of the Azores and has a population of 15,000 people. The highest point is Serra de Santa Barbara (1,022 m). The view from this point is breathtaking. The natural landscape has beautiful scenery and great varieties.

Santa Maria

The southernmost island

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The landscape of Santa Maria is quite different from the other islands on the Azores and the houses are spread all across the island. The land is very fertile and the rural landscape is beautiful.

Flores

The most western point of Europe

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The island of Flores or flowers is the most western point of the Azores and of Europe. This lovely island is divided into two municipalities (concelho), Santa Cruz das Flores in the north, with 1,820 inhabitants, and Lajes das Flores in the south.

São Jorge

15 km from the island of Pico

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São Jorge is well known for the tasteful cheese produced on the island. São Jorge is just as many Azorean islands a volcanic island, without sandy beaches. It is possible to take a ferry from São Jorge to Faial, Pico and Terceira. The ferry to Pico and Faial departs several times during the daytime. The ferry to Terceira Faial departs a few times a week. The airport is situated close to Velas.

Graciosa

Graciosa, meaning Gracious

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Graciosa, meaning Gracious belongs to the Central Group of the Archipelago of the Azores (about 30 miles from Terceira). The island has an area of 61 km² in an oval form and is called “the white island."

Corvo

Small is beautiful

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Corvo or Crow Island is the smallest island in the Azores.