The Azores Archipelago, a group of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic, is a tourist destination yet to know but with a unique beauty. Composed by 9 islands, the Azores in general and São Miguel, in particular, will win your heart because of its landscape diversity, with peaceful plains, foggy mountains and many ravines with breathtaking views of the Atlantic coast.
These are the spots that you should not miss at all:
Sete Cidades Lake
One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. These lakes can be seen from King’s View.
A nature reserve since 1974, this crater lake reaches a maximum depth of 30 meters.
Ribeira Quente Village
A small village with traditional fishing boats and a sheltered beach. The Fogo Beach is formed by a stretch of sand in a bay where there are several submarine hydrothermal vents. This makes the seawater warm, an unusual event that contributes to make this beach quite popular.
Home of a significant geodiversity such as a volcanic caldera with a lake, fumarolic fields, and various thermal springs. It is one of the most important geosites in the archipelago.
Ponta da Madrugada and Ponta do Sossego Viewpoints
Located in Nordeste, these are prime locations to see the sun rising. Part of the many viewing points of Nordeste, which are known for being carefully landscaped, the Ponta do Sossego Viewing Point is the most iconic of them all.
Ribeira dos Caldeirões Park
The Ribeira dos Caldeirões Park corresponds to a landscape valuation project that aimed at using for tourist purposes a set of water mills and the whole structure of paths that existed there.
Ponta da Ferraria
Spa and bathing site with therapeutic water springs that have been used since the fifteenth century.