The entrance to the Azores is in S.Miguel, where nature is its main attraction, which continues to invite thousands of tourists to share its incredible landscapes.
There is so much to know and experience in its 744.6 km² that you will easily fill your phone with photos.
don't forget to bring extra space to take pictures!
Just like its seemingly endless viewpoints, the incredible gastronomy makes this visit a unique experience that will make you want to visit the other islands of the Azores. You can't miss the Furnas stew!
After arriving in Ponta Delgada and getting to know this old safe harbour for ships, start by visiting the Miradouro Vista do Rei or the Miradouro das Cumeeiras, two of the most beautiful and striking, as they offer an incredible view of the Sete Cidades Lagoon. It is a unique opportunity to take walks with breathtaking views.
if you are dizzy, you can always have a picnic instead!
About 23km from Ponta Delgada you can also find the Cerrado das Freiras Viewpoint behind the Santiago Lagoon, which if you are adventurous and have not opted for a picnic, you can go down one side to see the Lagoon more closely.
you won't regret it!
26km from Ponta Delgada is Ponta da Ferraria, classified as a unique natural monument, with a fantastic bathing area due to its natural pools and therapeutic hot springs of volcanic origin.
Lagoa do Fogo is the highest spot on São Miguel, at an altitude of 575 metres, apart from the incredible view you can also take a short walk of 2km to get to know the lagoon from up close and its small beach.
If you appreciate really hot pools and in this case naturally warm (38º), you have to visit Caldeira Velha, a must-visit place to enjoy its vegetation and biodiversity.
Finally, we suggest Furnas which is well known for its hot springs, the Poça da Dona Beija and thermal pools. Furnas is also known for the Hotel Terra Nostra consisting of a natural pool of thermal waters and a magnificent botanical garden, the Parque Terra Nostra and you can also visit the natural park where you can find some animals and some species of plants. Furnas is also home to a lake, Lagoa das Furnas.
Also traditional in Furnas are the lêvedos cakes and the curious stew where the ingredients are cooked underground under the heat of the volcanoes (the meat takes about 5 to 6 hours and the codfish about 3 to 4 hours). This fact brings out an exquisite flavour.
This location has one of the largest and most diverse botanical collections in the archipelago.
Terceira is one of the nine islands of the Azores, part of the so-called "Central Group". Originally called Terceira, the island of Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo das Terceiras, it was once the administrative centre of the Terceiras Islands, as the Azores archipelago was called.
The island of Faial lies in the far west of the Central Group of the Azores archipelago, separated from the island of Pico by a narrow 8.3 km wide arm of sea known as the Faial Channel.
Pico Island is the second largest island of the Azores Archipelago in the North Atlantic. It is 8.3 kilometres from Faial Island and 15 km from São Jorge Island. It has an area of 447 km²; a coastline 151.84 km long, a total number of 31 islets between large and small.
São Jorge Island is an island located in the centre of the Central Group of the Azores archipelago, separated from Pico Island by a 15 km strait - the São Jorge Channel. The island is 53 km long and 8 km wide with a total area of 237.59 km² and a population of 9171 inhabitants.
Graciosa is an island located in the extreme northwest of the Central Group of the Azores archipelago, 37 km northeast of the island of São Jorge and 60 km northwest of Terceira, with its centre approximately at the geographical coordinates 28° 05' W and 39° 05' N.
The island of Santa Maria is located in the extreme southeast of the Azores archipelago, of which it is part of the Eastern Group. It has an area of 97.4 km² and a resident population of 5 578 inhabitants, spread over five parishes that make up the municipality of Vila do Porto, the only one on the island.
The island of Flores is located in the Western Group of the Azores archipelago, on the North American Plate and is the largest of the islands that make up that group. It occupies an area of 141.7 km², mostly consisting of mountainous terrain, characterised by large ravines and gigantic cliffs.
Corvo is the smallest island of the Azores Archipelago, located in the Western Group on the North American Plate, north of Flores Island.
Ilhéu de Vila Franca
The islet of Vila Franca is located on the island of São Miguel, municipality of Vila Franca do Campo, on the south coast of the island of São Miguel in the Azores. It is a small volcanic islet, about 500 meters from the coast of Vila Franca, and 1200 meters from the pier of Tagarete, in the town centre.