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Spending 5 days in São Miguel island, the Azores, Portugal

Have you heard about the Azores? Maybe, you haven’t, but I will tell you about them. They are 9 volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The archipelago consists of the main island of São Miguel and the rest of the islands, which are Santa Maria, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, Flores and Corvo being the smallest island of them all.

The Azores are considered to be one of the most beautiful islands and the best place for relaxation and tranquillity. These islands are so peaceful and beautiful that it will be hard for you to forget this trip. I can assure you that till this very day I still can’t forget the beautiful vistas and places I visited there.

How to get there?

The best way to get to the Azores is by plane. There are lots of direct flights from the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, and the Netherlands. The airline companies that operate in the Azores are Ryanair, TAP Air Portugal, SATA Air, and TUI Airlines.

What is the best time to go to the Azores?

The weather in the Azores is unpredictable and sometimes you can experience four seasons in a single day for sure. Although, I would suggest that the best time to go there is from June till the middle of October. Then, you can for sure get more sunny days to enjoy. 

Things to do in São Miguel

Visit the village of Sete Cidades

The village of Sete Cidades is in the west part of the island and at first, my main reason for visiting it was to see the famous lakes of the Azores. Thus, I started hiking around the lakes and then went for lunch in a restaurant nearby where they offered traditional food, which was beyond delicious. It was really cheap and cost me around 6 euros.

After lunch, I went to the Boca do Inferno viewpoint, which made my jaw drop for real! In front of myself, I had the lakes below and the ocean in front of me. A truly mesmerizing vista. Finally, I went to Miradouro da Vista do Rei from where I enjoyed the beautiful sunset.

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Lagoa do Fogo

On the next day, I visited the Fire lake in São Miguel. It was early in the morning and there were barely any crowds. That’s why I hiked to the point of Pico da Barossa from where I enjoyed a breathtaking view of the whole lake and other parts of the island.

Then, I went to Miradouro sobre a Lagoa do Fogo from where I started the hike down to the beach of the lake to enjoy some sun rays and lay on the beach. I have to say that down there, it was very peaceful and you could only hear the birds chirping, which made my experience truly unforgettable. 

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City of Furnas

On that same day, after visiting the Fire lake, I went to the city of Furnas. There I found a lot of hot geysers around the city, thermal pools, hot springs and the traditional dish called cozido.

My visit to the city started simply by walking around the city and enjoying its beautiful flower gardens, as well as the geysers that were erupting everywhere. Then, after my pleasant walk, I went to one of the famous restaurants to try the traditional dish cozido. It’s made of meat and vegetables, which are put in a pot near the geysers to cook. That also gives the dish a slight scent of sulfur, which you might not like.

However, in the end, I finished my visit by eating sweet baby corn boiled on a geyser, which I bought from an old lady in the center of the city for 1 euro. If I have to be honest, it was the sweetest boiled corn I ever ate!

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Waterfalls of the South

On my third day, I enjoyed a trip to the waterfalls of the south part of the island. First, I visited the hot waterfall of Ribeira Quente, which was set between two tunnels on the way to the city. It was quite an adventure to get to the waterfall, as you have to be really careful when crossing the street to get to the waterfall’s trail. However, it was all worth it, as this waterfall and the path to it was truly magnificent.

Next, I hiked to Salto do Prego waterfall, which was a hard trail to hike on. It was muddy and I was not with my hiking boots, but eventually, I arrived at the waterfall. It was not as big and magnificent at the hot waterfall, but the lush vegetation surrounding it made it look truly magical.

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Viewpoints of the north

On the following day, I decided to just enjoy some beautiful views on the north side of the island. Thus, I started with the viewpoints around Nordeste, a city in the north of São Miguel. My first stop was at the Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego, which has a lovely garden with places to sit and enjoy the view. Then, I went to Miradouro da Vista dos Barcos, from where I saw the oldest lighthouse of the Azores.

Finally, I decided to extend my trip to the tea factory of the islands, as I got to know that the view from there is mesmerizing. When I went to the Gorreana tea factory I first went inside free of charge and tried the nice green and black tea they were offering. I have to say that it was quite different and way more pleasant to drink than the regular teas of that type. Then, I went up to the plantation itself where at first it was foggy and about to rain. However, a couple of minutes later the sky cleared and it was all sunny, so I enjoyed a truly mesmerizing view of both the plantation and the blue ocean.

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Thermal pools in the jungle

On my last day, I had a pleasant experience visiting the less known thermal pools of the island in Caldeira Velha. The experience was amazing. For real! I have to say that I felt like I was somewhere far away from home, deeper into a tropical forest. There I saw the biggest ferns and palms ever!

The thermal pools were nice to swim or just relax in and to enter it costs 8 euros for 2 hours. There is a limited time to stay there so that it does not get overcrowded.

Overall, my experience was truly unforgettable! I have to say that the island of São Miguel was truly mesmerizing with all it offers. I will for sure go back one day, just to get that amazing feeling again!


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