São Miguel is one of the nine islands that form the wonderful archipelago of the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal. Featuring breathtaking landscapes, São Miguel is a Nature lover’s dream destination that you should add to your bucket list. Whether you didn’t know about this little paradise in the middle of the Atlantic or simply need a little push to visit it, WarmRental put together a list of 7 reasons to visit São Miguel in 2018!
See also: The Ultimate Travel Guide To São Miguel
7 Reasons To Visit São Miguel In 2018
1. Breathtaking landscapes.
If you’re a Nature’s lover, then São Miguel is your dream destination. You will find breathtaking landscapes, impressive hot springs, fun hiking trails, and beautiful lakes all around the island, whether you are exploring the coast or the inland.
2. Sete Cidades Lagoon.
Did you know that one of Portugal’s Seven Natural Wonders is located in São Miguel, Azores? It is the incredible Sete Cidades Lagoon. Even though it looks like there are two lagoons, there is actually only one, with a bridge in the middle. Head to viewpoints such as Vista do Rei or Boca do Inferno for the best view over one of the main landmarks of Azores. It promises to make your jaw drop!
3. Hot spring waters.
One thing you must do in São Miguel is visit Vale das Furnas. Because it is located inside the crate of a volcano, part of its soil and water are heated. There, you can find plenty of geysers and take a warm mineral-enriched bath that is super relaxing!
4. Furnas stew.
Still at Furnas, you will find the famous Cozido (Furnas stew) cooked using the natural heat of the soil. Even if you don’t want to try it, it’s worth taking a look at how it is made.
5. Gorreana tea plantation.
Did you know that Gorreana is the only tea plantation in Europe? There you can not only try the delicious black and green tea for free but also appreciate the magnificent view over the Atlantic ocean!
6. Heritage sites.
São Miguel has many heritage sites worth discovering around the island, such as Portas da Cidade, Ermida de Nossa Senhora das Vitórias or São Brás Castle.
7. Whale watching.
Azores is one of the most famous whale watching spots in Europe with regular blue whale sightings at the end of the Winter if the weather allows. There’s also the possibility of spotting dolphins, mainly during the Summer.
Is São Miguel on your travel bucket list?