Ilha de São Miguel Travel Guide

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Ilha de São Miguel Things to Do

  • Plantação de Chá

    Este é considerado o único lugar na Europa onde se cultiva o chá. São Miguel possui duas fábricas: Porto Formoso e Gorreana. Um vídeo de 30 minutos, em cada fábrica, permite-lhe seguir todo o processo de manufactura do chá. À entrada da fábrica da Gorreana incia-se o Trilho Chá GorreanaThis is considered the only place in Europe where tea is...

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  • Praia das Milícias

    Esta praia, também conhecida por Praia Grande, localiza-se no Rosto do Cão, freguesia de São Roque. Fica a cerca de 3 km de Ponta Delgada e é facilmente acessível com os transportes públicos. Além desta, há uma outra, Praia Pequena ou Praia do Pópulo, consideravelmente menor.Ambas as praias dispõem de dois edifícios de apoio. Um deles alberga...

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  • Arruda Pineapple Plantation

    Pineapple is our favourite fruit and is produced inside glass green houses.In Fajã de Baixo, a village situated only 5km from Ponta Delgada, you can visit some of these green houses in this private plantation.Visitors can find here information about the plantation of pineapple and are invited to drink a liquor of the fruit. Besides the local...

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  • Take a drive along the east coast.

    The east coast of Sao Miguel island is the wild part of the island with rygged nature and very few people living there.It used to have no road connection to the rest of the island and it's less than two years ago that they had a really good road connection to the rest of the island so the settlements there are somewhat limited and that gives it a...

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  • Great island tour.

    As we were on a cruise and only had one day on the island of Sao Miguel we decided to have a tour of the island.Amazing Tours was the company we used and we had a great time.Our driver Carlos spoke perfect English and had a vast knowledge of the island.At the end of the tour he even took us to the supermarket so that we could purchase some...

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  • Pineapple plantation - Ponta Delgada

    At first I was very sceptical about visiting at a pineapple plantation of Ponta Delgada but it turned to be nice trip to village of Faja de Baixo.I took a local bus to Faja de Baixo and a bus driver promised to tell me when to step out. In the plantation I got a presentation of pineapples and greenhouses were open for visitors.I also bought some of...

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  • Visit Furnas

    The most volcanic location in Azores is located a half hour drive from Ponta Delgada. I took a bus and had chance to enjoy the views without driving! :)In Furnas you have plenty to do for one day; have a walk to a lake Furnas and its hot springs(takes about 40 minutes), visit in Terra Nostra park and swim in its yellow spring, relax in springs of...

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  • Whale Tours – Ponta Delgada

    There are many companies offering Whale tours in Ponta Delgada. Futurismo is the most advertised but I choose Pico de Adventure which turned to be very professional one with lower price.They give you a presentation after what they contact their whale watching towers to get information if any whales are around.After that you can decide if you take...

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  • Caldeira Velha Spring water pool-Ribeira...

    Warm Bathing-pool in the middle of the nature. Water warmed by volcanic magma layer is about 35 C warm so you can have a path even it’s a little bit colder. I loved the nature around this little pool and waterfall.We took a taxi from Ribeira Grande and made a deal of the trip and lengths of stops before hand with reasonable price. So you don't need...

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Ilha de São Miguel Hotels

  • Furnas Lake Villas

    Estrada Regional do Sul, Lagoa das Furnas, Furnas, 9675, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Caloura Hotel Resort

    I stayed at the Caloura for 8 nights in June 2007. The staff are professional and friendly, the...

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  • Solar de Lalem

    Estrada de Sao Pedro, 9625-391, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ilha de São Miguel Restaurants

  • Genuine Traditional Food

    This family run restaurant is located beside the torrent Ribeira do Ferreiro, a quiet place in Candelaria village. It offers one of the best genuine Azorean buffet lunch. The food is baked in a wooden oven, which makes it is very special.The menu includes fish and seafood, meat and vegetables. Usually, they have fried meckerel, baked octopus, roast...

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  • Maybe the best place to eat fish

    The ambience in this regional restaurant is not very special, but fish is served in a special way. As the Port is at the corner, they use always it fresh from the ocean.Usually, fish is served with local products, such as pickled onions / peppers, salty peppers, yam...For dessert, try our pineapple produced in greenhouses!

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  • Taditional Food

    I was used to visit this restaurant, but it was not popular among locals. Nowadays, can be a problem to find a free table on the week-ends without booking in advance.They offer a selected menu of fish and meat, but I advise you to ask for mixed grilled fish and mixed grilled meat. These dishes are served with salad, potatoes, yam and fruit salad....

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Ilha de São Miguel Transportation

  • Ferry connections in the Azores

    In the high season, is possible to travel in the Azores by ferryboat, especially between the Eastern Group Islands, São Miguel and Santa Maria, and the Central Group ones. The connections are provided by the Atlanticoline company.Besides this company, among Faial, Pico and São Jorge, Transmaçor operates boat connections all year round.Na época alta...

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  • Tours

    In my opinion, the best way to explore the Island is to rent a car. Anyway, if you don't like to drive and need a guide, I would recommend that you go with travel agencies. You can search on the internet for these agencies, but I strongly recommend Festitour Thematic Tours, due to the excellent service they offer and the possibility to personalize...

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  • Renting a car

    Se vem visitar a ilha por poucos dias, devia considerar a possibilidade de alugar um carro. Eis algumas agências de aluguer de viaturas.If you are visiting the Island for just a few days, you should consider to rent a car. Here are some rent-a-car agencies:AutatlantisAuto EuropeFlor do NorteIlha VerdeMicautoVarela

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Ilha de São Miguel Shopping

  • Azorean Tea

    The only place in Europe where the tea is grown is in the Azores. The soil and climate are ideal for tea and by the end of the 19th century fourteen tea factories were in operation. Nowadays only two are still in operation, Porto Formoso and Gorreana. Although the same plant is grown to produce all the variants of tea, it's the process the leafs...

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  • Arts and Crafts

    Many traditional handicrafts can be found on the island, all using raw materials. You can not fail to see charming folk figures made from maize husks, wickerwork baskets, colourful ceramics from Lagoa or the picturesque clay pottery of Vila Franca do Campo, items from cut basalt, embroidery, delicate flowers made from fish scale, fig pith, paper or...

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  • Pottery

    Traditional blue and white pottery. It is made in Lagoa, but you can buy it in shops in Ponta Delgada if you don't get to Lagoa.

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Ilha de São Miguel Local Customs

  • Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos...

    As festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres são o maior evento religioso do arquipélago e trazem milhares de pessoas doutras ilhas e do estrangeiro, principalmente imigrantes açorianos radicados no Canadá e EUA.Estas festas realizam-se anualmente em Ponta Delgada no 5º domingo após a Páscoa.A estátua do Senhor Santo Cristo percorre, numa...

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  • Festas do Divino Espírito Santo

    Holy Spirit Festivities are celebrated in all islands, starting with Pentecostal Sunday and many Sundays following it. They differ in characteristics from island to island and town to town. The similarities are the Grande Coroação - Great Crowning and the distribution of food, especially the Sopas do Império - Imperial Soup, as tradition dictates.

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  • Tobacco Plantation

    No passado havia muitas fábricas de tabaco. Atualmente há apenas duas, ambas localizadas na cidade de Ponta Delgada.Na freguesia da Maia, encontra-se o Museu do Tabaco.At the past there were many tobacco factories. Nowadays we have only two factories. Both of them are inside Ponta Delgada city.In Maia village, you can find Museu do Tabaco - Tobacco...

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Ilha de São Miguel Warnings and Dangers

  • Ferrous waters: nice for skin, not for...

    If you're going to bathe in ferrous water (Poça Dona Beija, Parque Terra Nostra, Caldeira Velha, for example), don't forget to bring a dark bikini/swimming suit/whatever, or alternatively an old one that you don't care about anymore. The ferrous water leaves orange stains on the fabric that are almost impossible to get rid of.If you already stained...

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  • Be ware of narrow roads.

    On Sao Miguel you have many little narrow roads that are very charming, but they can also be a little dangrous if you are transporting yourself by foot or bicycle.There is often little or no pavement, both in the towns and on the roads connecting the towns.The good news is that they have started creating walking and cycling paths around the island...

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  • Sao Miguel, Theft from parked cars.

    Don't leave anything in plain view while parked ,especially in the more remote parking areas as theft from cars seem to be the only noticeable crime on this entire island. Otherwise, this island is safe just about anywhere at any time, always using common sense.

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Ilha de São Miguel What to Pack

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    by faq Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Prepare yourself for a random weather in the island. You can get hot-summer in the beach and, in the same day, a cold rainy weather in the village where you have the hotel.

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Ilha de São Miguel Off The Beaten Path

  • Trilho do Agrião

    This trail starts in Povoação village and ends in Ribeira Quente village. It takes about 3 hours.Este trilho inicia-se na vila da Povoação e termina na freguesia da Ribeira Quente. Demora cerca de 3 horas.

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  • Trilho do Salto do Cabrito

    This trail starts close to the Geothermic Central of Pico Vermelho, near Lagoa do Fogo Restaurant, and ends at Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande.Este trilho inicia-se junto à Central Geotérmica do Pico Vermelho, ao pé do Restaurante Lagoa do Fogo, e termina nas Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande.

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  • Cerrado dos Bezerros

    This park has an area of about 10 ha and is located at about 500 m of altitude. A wide variety of plants and flowers can be found here. As many other forest parks in the Island, it has a recreation area, including places for barbecue. It is a park well known among locals for picnics, especially in Summer.This park is located at the village of Ponta...

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Ilha de São Miguel Sports & Outdoors

  • Take the hiking trail to Lagoa do Fogo.

    From the little village "agua de alto" on the sothern part of the island you have a road leading towards Lagoa do Fogo.After a couple of kilometers you can leave the paved road and take a little dirt trail the rest of the way to the crater rim of Lagoa do Fogo.You have to go through a gate with a sign, but the sign only states that you can not take...

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  • Surfing.

    Surfing is quite big on Sao Miguel.You have both bodysurfers and windsurfers there, but the bodysurfers are probaply the most visible.Sao Miguel has both very strong winds and quite big waves manking the conditions for both kinds of surfing good.

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  • Fishing.

    Sao Miguel has quite rich fishing grounds and it´s quite a good place to go fishing.You see quite a lot of people fishing off the coast there aswell as at the harbours in the towns.I have mainly seen locals fishing there, but there should be no problems for visiting foreigners to join them.

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Ilha de São Miguel Favorites

  • ITINERARIES

    If you have no time enough to explore the island, you must visit at least: 1. Sete Cidades - lakes and village inside this beautiful crater. This landscape is among the 7 natural wounders of Portugal.2. Furnas - lake, hotsprings, private garden Terra Nostra (hot swimming pool).3. Fogo - lake and Caldeira Velha (waterfall and hot swimming pool). In...

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  • The hydrangea.

    The hydrangea is the most common flower on the Azores.It´s orginally from East Asia but has fitted in very well to the climate on the Azores and you see it all over Sao Miguel, both in parks and on the side of the road.It blooms mainly in the summer, but you can see it bloom aswell in late spring and early fall roughly until 1st of october.

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  • The Sao Miguel cattle dog.

    The "Sao Miguel cattle dog", or the "cao fila de Sao Miguel" is a type of dog that originates from the Sao Miguel island.It´s a working dog that has been bred to work as a cattle dog working for the farmers and it´s not really a family dog as it can be quite agressive.It´s one of the rare dogs of the world and there is quite a bit of work being...

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