The main island of the Azores group, Sao Migeul has a warm charm and a laid-back way of life that’s perfect for a relaxing holiday in 2020. This is a great choice of Azores island for those unfamiliar with the area, with a wide selection of tourist-friendly attractions and activities within easy reach. Sao Miguel’s main draw is its three picturesque crater lakes, Lagoa do Fogo, Furnas and Sete Cidades. Sete Cidades offers fairy-tale views with two likes of nearly ten miles circumference, while Lagoa do Fogo is the best choice for a tranquil, secluded setting nestled within a majestic range of mountains. For a leisurely day out, head to the picturesque port of Caloura, stopping to eat at one of the excellent seafront restaurants and to take a stroll along the sandy beaches at Praia and Populo. You can enjoy cultural days out at the Ponta Delgada, exploring the churches and museums and sampling fine local delicacies. Sao Miguel also offers a wide range of activities year-round ranging from canyoning, cycling, birdwatching and whale watching.
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Sao Miguel offers a rich, multidimensional holiday experience with an excellent range of attractions, places of interest and things to do. Sao Miguel acts as the gateway to discovery of the Azores Archipelago and reflects the culture and diversity of the wider group of islands with its natural beauty and focus on the enjoyment of outdoor activities. The top attractions in Sao Miguel include the nearby beaches of Populo, Ribeira Quentre and Agua d’Alto, which have thick volcanic sands and a number of tide pools scattered along the island. Many of the main attractions here revolve around the island’s natural beauty and landscape, with fascinating geological formations at the Poca Da Dona Beija and Caldeira das Sete Cidades. You can immerse yourself in the wildlife and nature of the island at the Lagoa das Furnas, Jose do Canto Forest Garden or the Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes. There are spas at Fumas and Ferraria, perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a day out exploring or playing sports.
Sao Miguel is an ideal destination for beach-lovers looking for a touch of the extraordinary. Vila Franca is an rare beach located in the crater of an ancient volcano, within a small islet off Sao Miguel. As the water is shallow with a stone-lined bottom, this is a good pool for paddling with young children and those with limited mobility. Lombo Gordo is an unspoilt beach by the mountain in the eastern part of Sao Miguel, with a man-made patch of sandy coast. As Lombo Gordo has limited accessibility and is shaded in the afternoon, there are few people here, making it good for those who prefer a quiet beach experience. If you’re looking for the most crowd-pleasing beach in Sao Miguel, try Praia das Milicias (also known as Praia Grande), which has often strong waves and more shallow water further ashore. For a distinctive beach experience, head to Mosteiros to walk the black sands. With pleasant weather and calm waters, Mosteiros is a great place to swim too.
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