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Top 10 São Miguel Island Breathtaking Attractions & Activities

While still relatively undiscovered by tourists, the Azores offer a diverse range of landscapes and attractions.

The jewel of the Azores is São Miguel Island, known for its peaceful plains, misty mountains, and rugged coastline that offers stunning views of the Atlantic. From its towering cliffs to its hot springs and black sand beaches, São Miguel is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers.

One of the most unique aspects of the Azores is the opportunity to swim in natural hot springs pools, formed by volcanic activity. You can also hike through rainforests, visit stunning waterfalls, and explore the island’s charming villages and towns with over 500 years of history and heritage.

But the real highlight of São Miguel Island is its breathtaking viewpoints, which offer panoramic views of the ocean and its abundant wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, São Miguel Island is the perfect destination. 

Here is our Top 10 Sao Miguel attractions.

1. Sete Cidades

One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Blue and Green Lake, 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.

2. Lagoa do Fogo

Located in the center of the island are the fascinating landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), doubtlessly one of the grandest nature attractions on an already spectacular island.

3. Terra Nostra Park

The beautiful 12-hectare Terra Nostra Park in Furnas offers a peaceful time in an impressive botanical collection. Have the opportunity to enjoy the natural thermal water pools (100º Fahrenheit).

4. Caldeirões Park

Located on the east coast of the island in Nordeste, this park will amaze you with its river, watermill, and beautiful waterfall. Don’t miss the beautiful trees and flowers.

5. Gorreana Tea Plantations

The oldest, and currently only, tea plantation in Europe. This plantation has been in operation since 1883, keeping the original traditions of the Orient as well as the ancient qualities that have been in our culture for five generations. Partake in this authentic experience by booking our Tea & Cozido Tour with us today!

6. Furnas Lake

Lagoa das Furnas is a serene and romantic lagoon that stretches far and wide. Along its shores, you’ll discover volcanic fumaroles and natural kitchens where the renowned Furnas stew is prepared. The ingredients are placed in sealed pots and then buried in the ground to slow cook with the help of volcanic heat.

7. Mosteiros

Mosteiros, a picturesque village on the northeast coast, is deeply connected to the ocean and boasts an ancient fishing and agricultural tradition. The village is famous for its fishing dock and natural swimming pools, known as Poço da Pedra (“stone well”). During summer, visitors flock to Mosteiros for its dark sand beaches, stunning landscapes, and the therapeutic properties of its seaweed and waters.

8. Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada, a town nestled amidst the stunning beauty of São Miguel nature, boasts a rich history and charming architectural heritage that never fails to captivate those who behold it.

9. Vila Franca do Campo

Vila Franca do Campo is a tranquil village with a rich natural and architectural heritage. One of the main attractions is the Vila Franca do Campo Islet, located on a crater of an extinct volcano and classified as a Natural Reserve. It’s a popular spot during the summer months and only 1 km from the coast.


10. Ribeira Grande

Ribeira Grande is a charming town located on the north coast, providing the perfect place to soak up the island’s natural beauty and history. The town’s architecture is a mix of Gothic and Manueline styles, with several noteworthy buildings such as the 17th-century town hall, the Espírito Santo Church, and the Senhor dos Passos Church. If you’re a history buff or just enjoy admiring old buildings, Ribeira Grande is definitely worth a visit.

If you would like a custom-tailored trip, our travel agents are ready to help. Please email us at info@atlantivacations.com  or call us at 401-410-3418.

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