São Miguel Island

Going to visit São Miguel island? Discover the best things to do on your trip to the Azores archipelago. Top tours, travel tips and verified reviews!

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Have you ever been to São Miguel Island?

The largest island in the entire archipelago, the island of São Miguel has some of the most spectacular landscapes of the Azores. Inside the island are the crater lakes of Sete Cidades, one green and the other blue, also Lagoa do Fogo and waterfalls, mandatory stops for any traveler in the area. In addition, its capital Ponta Delgada offers quality urban tourism, and is the starting point of your trip. Enjoy the belvederes, thermal gardens and fall in love with the natural beauty of the island of São Miguel.

Best Things To Do in São Miguel Island

1 - Guided tour of the Sete Cidades and Lagoa de Fogo

Located on the island of São Miguel, the Sete Cidades Lagoon is the largest fresh water lake in the Azores Archipelago, with a length of 4.2 km2 and a depth of 33 meters. Declared one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, in the category of Non-Marine Aquatic Areas, it is composed of two lagoons - Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul - linked together and surrounded by a breathtaking scenery.

2 - Half day big truck Lagoa do Fogo

Located on the beautiful and verdant São Miguel Island, in the enchanting Azores Archipelago, Lagoa do Fogo is the second largest Lagoon of the Island of São Miguel, and also the highest, classified since 1974 as a Natural Reserve, such as its natural value and landscaping Occupying about 1360 hectares, in the caldera of a dormant volcano that will have formed about 15,000 years ago, giving shape to the great volcanic massif of the Serra de Agua de Pau, Lagoa do Fogo enchants by its natural beauty and phenomenal dimension, arriving at reach 30 meters deep.

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What People Are Saying

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"We were at São Miguel with Ruben. It was a nice trip!"
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"The tour was very nice - although the weather was not good. I have seen all the attractions."
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"We booked this excursion and the first day was so good we immediately booked a second day of Jeep touring through this company. Alice was very helpful in booking our tours and Telmo was a miraculous guide. Telmo has lived on Sao Miguel for his whole life and clearly has great knowledge of the towns, history, culture, geography and botany. He constantly adjusted the plan to suit our wishes and to try to manage the variable weather and never hesitated to take photos of my wife and I for us. We had the pleasure of dining with Telmo at two fabulous restaurants that seemed infrequently found by the tourists. Overall, he took us to numerous amazing places we would never have found on our own. We are truly so grateful that he made our trip to the Azores as magical as it could be!"
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"We took a wonderful half day tour with Telmo from Ponta Delgada to Sete Cidades. Telmo was incredibly knowledgable and took his time to make sure we had a great experience. The sites were amazing and he was able to take us places that not all tours can take you because of the vehicles they use. We wish we had more time to book another tour but will definitely do so when we return next year. Telmo also made an excellent recommendation for dinner in Ponta Delgada at a place that more caters to the locals. The sites were amazing but it's Telmo who really made the day special."
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"A fantastic experience, with knowledgeable biologist and experienced skipper. We were out in the ocean for just a few moments before the radio sounded and a mother and calf blue whale were just swimmy by, having a feed. Highly recommended!"
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"The island is truly beautiful. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge about every aspect of the island. Due to the small size of our group he tailored the tour to our preferences. He drove a 4 x 4. This permitted us to access the crater rim road and many of the small country roads in the Sete area. Many people took the large bus tours and had a very limited tour on the main highways only. He even showed us an excellent restaurant in town after we returned. We highly recommend this company for your tour of the Azores."

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