Ilha de São Miguel Travel Guide
Miradouro da Ponta da Madrugada,...
Miradouro da Ponta da Madrugada,...
Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Weather too random - the fog can spoil your visits to see the lakes.
In a nutshell
Indeed: It's more nice than paradise...
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...
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...
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),...
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...
Caldeira Velha Spring water pool-Ribeira Grande
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...
Caloura Hotel Resort
2 Reviews and 68 Opinions I stayed at the Caloura for 8 nights in June 2007. The staff are professional and friendly, the...
Café Concerto Red Hot: Great 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,...
4 Platanos.: 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...
Negotiate a taxi trip
If you don't like the idea of renting a car (like I don't because I just want really see the views without worrying), take a bus to some of the towns or negotiate with a taxi driver. For me my daily trips were much more cheaper this way when you calculate car rent, fuel and...
Sata –airline between islands
Sata airline operates between islands of Azores but also to Europe and to America. In Ponta Delgada you can find many travel agency where to book or you can do it online here.
Playing domino is a popular past time.
If you hang out at the local cafes on Sao Miguek island, especially in the smaller villages then you will see that domino is a popular past time there.It's almost always men playing the game and you will mostly have quite a few spectators to the game so it's not just...
Some people still use the horse for transport.
Even if most locals on the Azores drive cars these days then you still have some people who ride horse carts as a mean of transport.You won´t see many of them, but there are quite a few if you drive around the smaller roads on the island and they sure add to the local street...
Ferrous waters: nice for skin, not for bikini
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...
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...
The giant ghost hotel in the clouds.
High up on one of the vulcanoes on Sao Miguel you have a big hotel.The place was build many years ago by someone who did not realise that the weather conditions up on top of this vulcano is not ideal for a hotel as the place is coverd in clouds most of the time and it rains...
Whale watching points.
Around the island you have several watchout places for whales.They used to be used by the whale hunters who would have persons stationes there to see if there were any passing whales in the waters, but these days they are used by the companies that takes people whale...
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...
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.
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...
Try the local beer on Sao Miguel.
On the Azores they have a local beer brand and it is a very fine pilsner beer so there is no reason to drink bad international franchise brands while you are on Sao Miguel.The name of the brand is "especial" and it is mostly served as draught beer at the local cafes and it´s...
A saint by the door.
On Sao Miguel you will often see a little reil with a saint on sitting next to the entrance of the houses.The islands are a little more religios than the portugese mainland and many families, especially the families who makes a living from fishing in the atlantic ocean has a...
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