Ilha de São Miguel Travel Guide

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Ilha de São Miguel Things to Do

  • Miradouro da Vista do Rei (King's View)

    We visited Miradouro da Vista do Rei (King's View Lookout) as part of a day tour that we took with "UTC Azores" during our stay on Sao Miguel island in September 2014.This spectacular lookout point is located to the south of the breathtaking Sete Cidades twin lakes and was more "touristy" than any of the other miradouros that we visited on the...

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  • Miradouro do Pico do Carvao

    We were taken to Miradouro do Pico do Carvao as part of an organised day tour that we took with "UTC Azores" during our stay on Sao Miguel island in September 2014.We made a brief photo stop at this spectacular viewpoint, perched about 650m above sea level and located to the south east of the Sete Cidades lakes.Pico do Carvao is located near the...

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  • A. Arruda Pineapple Plantation

    We visited A. Arruda Pineapple Plantation during our stay on Sao Miguel island in September 2014.The tour of the plantation, which is located in Faja de Baixo near Ponta Delgada, was included as part of a day trip that we took with a company called "UTC Azores".We arrived at the pineapple plantation at around 2:30pm. Our UTC guide, Bruno, explained...

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  • Mulher de Capote Liqueur Factory

    We visited Mulher de Capote Liqueur Factory during our stay on Sao Miguel island in September 2014.The guided tour of the factory, which is located in the town of Ribeira Grande, was included within a day tour that we undertook with a company called "UTC Azores".We arrived at the factory at 11:45am. I'm not sure whether our guide, Bruno, had phoned...

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  • Caldeira Velha Natural Reserve

    We visited Caldeira Velha Natural Reserve during our stay on Sao Miguel island in September 2014.Our visit to this natural park was part of a day tour that we undertook with a company called "UTC Azores" and was one of the highlights of the excursion.Caldeira Velha is located between Lagoa do Fogo and the town of Ribeira Grande.I believe that a...

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  • Miradouro da Lagoa do Fogo

    We visited Miradouro da Lagoa do Fogo as part of a day tour that we undertook with "UTC Azores" during our stay on Sao Miguel island in September 2014.Ordinarily, this viewpoint would have afforded us spectacular views over Lagoa do Fogo ("Lake of Fire"), a large and scenic lake in a crater at the centre of the island. I know this because I've seen...

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Ilha de São Miguel Hotels

  • 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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  • Convento de Sao Francisco

    Jardim Antonio Silva Cabral, Vila Franca do Campo, 9680-107

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Solar de Lalem

    Estrada de Sao Pedro, 9625-391, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Ilha de São Miguel Restaurants

  • Tasty local food...fabulous views over...

    We ate at Q'enosso one afternoon during our visit to the island of Sao Miguel in September 2014.This lunch stop (as well as the cost of the meal) was included in a day tour that we undertook with UTC Azores.We had just visited the Mulher de Capote liqueur factory near Ribeira Grande and were heading back towards Lagoa when we arrived at Q'enosso...

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  • 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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  • Japanese Food / Rodízio Grill

    The restaurante-bar Casa Velha was, for a long time, the only place on the Island where Japanese food was available. Because of this, we couldn't compare quality with other local Japanese restaurants. Here it was my first experience with this kind of food, and I liked a lot, not only the food, but also the ambience. Nowadays, real Japanese food is...

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  • Brilliant roadside restaurant.

    4 Platanos is a really nice restaurnat.It´s located by the small village Santo Antonio, right on the main road.It´s located on a hill and has a fantastic seaview.The place is both a restaurant and a cafe and it has a pooltable down the basement that the local youth often use.There is also free wifi and quite a few local business men stop by for a...

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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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    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 das Azenhas da Ribeira Funda

    Este trilho circular inicia-se e termina junto à ermida da Ribeira Funda, freguesia dos Fenais da Ajuda.Inicialmente desce-se para junto do leito da ribeira onde se podem admirar algumas azenhas, na sua maioria, em ruínas. A vegetação é abundante e encontram-se várias espécies, entre elas o araçazeiro, a groselheira, a figueira, a faia e a urze. Na...

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  • Fontanário e Pias de Lavar Roupa

    This fontanário - fountain, dating back from 1887, and the pias de lavar roupa - washing clothes tanks were used, at the past, to get water and to wash the clothes. Both fountain and tanks were renovated recently and they shouldn't not missed when you visit the Port of Capelas. To reach the place, turn left on the entrance to the Port. Then, follow...

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  • 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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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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"Ceramica Vieira" ceramics factory, Lagoa
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Cozido das Furnas - stew cooked underground!
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Caldeiras das Furnas
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Miradouro do Pico de Ferro
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Cha Gorreana Tea Plantation
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Miradouro de Santa Iria
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UTC Azores Daytrip: Lake Fogo & Sete Cidades
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UTC Azores Daytrip: Furnas
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Trilho do Salto do Cabrito
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Cerrado dos Bezerros
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Trilho do Chá Gorreana
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Plantação de Chá
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Praia das Milícias
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Arruda Pineapple Plantation
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Caloura
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Trilho do Feno
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Salto do Prego & Sanguinho
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Rocha da Relva
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Ferraria
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Lagoa do Congro
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Travelling in São Miguel by public bus
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Take a drive along the east coast.
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Playing domino is a popular past time.
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Try the local beer on Sao Miguel.
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Great island tour.
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A saint by the door.
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The giant ghost hotel in the clouds.
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Pineapple plantation - Ponta Delgada
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Visit Furnas
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Whale Tours – Ponta Delgada
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Negotiate a taxi trip
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Caldeira Velha Spring water pool-Ribeira Grande
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Sata –airline between islands
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Busses: S. Miguel Transport
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Some people still use the horse for transport.
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Whale watching points.
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The old drain tunnel.
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Miradouro de Santa Iria.
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