So you’re thinking of travelling to São Miguel, Azores for your next Vacation? Here’s our Top Tips to help make your Trip!
#1 Breathtaking scenery, combining volcanic peaks, crater lakes and rugged coastlines.
São Miguel Island really does have it all, it’s a strange mixture of wild Irish/Cornish coastlines, blended with New Zealand’s stunning landscape and a dash of a tropical volcanic feel like Hawaii! You have to see it for yourself to believe it.
#2 Bathe in volcanic hot springs to infuse well-being and relaxation.
For ultimate relaxation surrounded by nature, you have to try one the island’s many hot springs. There is a range of stunning options, from the oceanic hot springs of Ferraria, to the jungle like scene of Caldeira Velha or the tranquil waters of Furnas set in Terra Nostra Gardens or Poça da Dona Beja.
#3 São Miguel, also known as the Green Island, is a pristine garden from one end to the other.
See the famous hydrangeas in bloom from spring to summer. Introduced in the 17th century, this plant and its stunning blooms is now one of the recognised symbols of the Azores. You’ll soon see why! The gardeners do such an amazing job here, making every island drive an absolute pleasure. Literally every month there is a flower in bloom on the island, even in the winter!
#4 Spot some of the 24 different species of whales and dolphins that can be found in the Azores!
The ocean surrounding the island is extremely deep offering the perfect habitat to resident pods of Sperm Whales, Common Dolphins and Bottle Nose Dolphins. The Azores is also the perfect Mid-Atlantic stop off point for many migratory species, such as Orcas, Blue Whales and Humpback Whales! Companies here are so sure you will spot something that if you don’t you can go out again for free!
#5 Dive amazing volcanic topography and have the chance to spot manta rays and blue sharks on the off shore pinnacles.
#6 Sample the famous cozido, a delicious traditional meat stew slow cooked over volcanic steam.
This unique meal is really delicious and the coolest thing about it is how it’s cooked! To sample a Cozido makes a trip to Furnas complete.
#7 Enjoy a cup of tea and incredible views at one of only two tea plantations in the whole of Europe.
It’s fascinating to see the rows upon rows of tea in perfect symmetry; a very pleasant place to hike, with several marked trails in the area. Sample all the different types of tea; pekoe, orange pekoe, broken leaf and green tea and see the factories in action at Chá Porto Formoso and Chá Gorreana. The homemade ice cream at Chá Gorreana is a must try too!
#8 Visit one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal, Sete Cidades volcanic complex with its famous blue and green crater lakes.
When you first set eyes on Sete Cidades and its huge complex of volcanic craters, you’ll understand how it was awarded the title of one of the ‘7 natural wonders of Portugal’. With its two contrasting lakes of iridescent green and deep blue water, and the view of the ocean and coastline = out of this world!
#9 See the Azores from a different perspective: from the back of a horse, quad bike, kayak or mountain bike, the list of adventure activities goes on!
The Azores is fast becoming a well established ‘active holiday destination’ and for good reason. There are a vast array of activities to choose from all with a very high quality of trained guides, giving you the perfect mix of relaxation and adrenaline for your trip!
#10 Amazing vacations, accommodation ,tours and activities can all be arranged for you, hassle free, with Azores Connections, to ensure you have the perfect trip!
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