The Archipelago of Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands
*This Article is written by Maria João Guerreiro, one of our Portugal Experience Designer.
The Archipelago of Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 1500 km from the European coast and 3900 km from the North American coast. The Archipelago extends along a south east-north-west strip and is encompassed by the longitude of 25º to 31º-15” West and a latitude of 36º-55” to 39º 45” North.
The island of São Miguel is made up of 6 municipalities spread over a surface area of 747 km2. São Miguel is the largest island of the archipelago and is one of the principal lines of communication with the exterior. The city of Ponta Delgada which is the largest and most populous city of the Azores.
During your stay in the city, it is imperative to observe the many magnificent buildings of tremendous architectural value. The majority of these are presently used to accommodate the various political, administrative, religious and cultural offices of São Miguel and the Azores.
Why You Should Visit the Azores?
If you are looking adventure; radical sports; a paradise on Earth; a destination for family holidays; corporate activities, good food or connection with nature… Sao Miguel offers all this and much more! Volcanic mountain peaks, fishing villages, hot springs, vast, untouched landscapes considered UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In a 3 days trip, you will have an amazing experience!
Start your day heading to Lagoa do Fogo by the traditional roads of São Miguel and admire the great landscapes of this part of the island from the viewpoint on the top of the lagoon. Lagoa Do Fogo is an impressive mother nature handiwork classified as a natural reserve. A heavenly place, where you can hear the birds singing, explore the exuberant vegetation and behold the white sand beach.
Your next stop is at the Natural Park of Caldeira Velha, a truly paradisiacal place, composed of a narrow and deep valley where there are several manifestations of volcanism. Here you have the opportunity to bath in the warm waters of the Caldeira that are around 34ºC. At midday don’t forget to join the group for a delicious lunch in a local restaurant on the island.
After lunch, time for one of the most amazing Experiences in the Azores : In the route of the great cetaceans and joyful dolphins, our half-day sea trips are a chance to meet and admire the marine mammals of the Azores in their natural habitat. Using strategically placed portholes technique on the south coast of the island, our boats depart to meet these unique animals, on a trip which is a mixture of fun, adventure, discovery and scientific knowledge. In a few hours, we provide you an unforgettable experience!
Hiking experience at Canario Lagoon: Located at the east part of the Twin Lakes ( Sete Cidades) it is with no doubt one of the most impressive spots: a mystic Wood, the way built on Wood, the green, the rocks, and nature.
BTT Experience: Explore the island of São Miguel on a bicycle is, undoubtedly, an invitation to the discovery of paths that develop around majestic lakes, or mountains and valleys with unique landscapes. All of our tours are designed thinking about enjoyment, being adaptable to all practitioners of mountain biking. Nature, discovery and challenge in one experience.
First Dive experience on the Sea: This experience will be done along the coast, accompanied by a diving instructor. It will be a remarkable experience that will allow you to venture into the sea and discover the marine habitat.
Rock Climbing: Located in the western part of the island of São Miguel, the area of Ferraria is a unique geological formation, consisting of a promontory originated during volcanic eruptions associated with the geological formation of the island. Here you find a natural climbing wall, properly equipped, with several routes of different degrees of difficulty (6b to IV ) and up to 15 meters tall.
Gastronomy: Fresh fish, Shellfish and veal are the main local products. cannot miss the Fish Cataplana or the Steak with Sao Miguel cheese Sauce.
Where to stay: Pedras do Mar Resort and Spa. 5* www.pedrasdomar.com
Is located in the north part of the Island, facing the Atlantic and mountains. The Pedras do Mar Resort & Spa located at São Miguel Island offers a privileged Atlantic Ocean view. You can relax at our SPA Pedras D’ Alma with beauty and well-being centre, as well as, at our health club with an indoor pool with jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath with chromotherapy and gym.
Contact us and we will take you there!
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