Sao Miguel

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Sao Miguel is the largest island in the Azores group, in Portugal. Sao Miguel has great beaches, a hilly countryside that's great for walking, spectacular mountains and volcanoes and a couple of very dynamic cities. Sao Miguel was colonized by the Portuguese in the 14th century and since then it grew to become a very important commercial and trading center, a history that lives on to present day.

Activities


Tracks

Sao Miguel has some amazing hiking and walking areas, especially in the mountains. Lomba do Cavaleiro, in Agriao, is well worth the effort of walking there, as... Login for more



Diving

Sao Miguel has some amazing diving spots, the most impressive being the underwater volcanic mountains. Places like Ilheus das Formigas and Dollarbarat Banks... Login for more



Surf

Ribeira Grande is the best area to look for surf on Sao Miguel, as the coast is directly exposed to north beach breaks. However, considering how edgy and rocky... Login for more



Sail

Yes, especially for trips to nearby smaller islands, but also to the other larger ones in the Azores. Sao Miguel is the most trafficked island in the group, so... Login for more



Birding

White tailed tropicbird, mute swan, greylag goose, ruddy shelduck, green-winged teal, American black duck, gadwall, Garganey, mallard, King Eider, Greater... Login for more



Whales and wildlife

Azores Noctule, humpback whale, killer whale, North Atlantic Right whale, minke whale, sei whale, blue whale, short-beaked common dolphin, stripped dolphin,... Login for more



Culture

Sao Miguel prides itself with a long lasting legacy of cultural personalities, like Teofilio Braga and Natalia Correia, but also with a bustling commerce... Login for more



Explorers

Goncalo Velho Cabral (1427)



Golf and wellness

Batalha Golf Course, Furnas Golf Course



Volcanoes

Furnas, Povoacao, Agua de Pau, Sete Cidades



Lighthouses

Ponta do Arnel (1876, 15m) Ponta Garca (1957, 15m) Santa Clara (1945, 8m) Ferraria (1901, 18m)



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Geographics

Country:Portugal
Area:759 km2

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Demographics

Population:140,000
Getting there:By air: from mainland Portugal, European cities (London, Paris, Munich), North America
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Books

Exchanging Islands, by Graham McGlone (2012)
The Long Vacation, by Helen Beveridge (2011)

Movies

A Divina Comedia (1991)
Francisca (1981)

Star Board

Pauleta (footballer)
Teofilio Braga (politician)
Natalia Correia (writer)

Videos

Sao Miguel, Azores 2012