"Ilha de São Jorge" São Jorge by Avieira67

São Jorge Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 9 photos

São Jorge Island, with a lengh of 56 km and a maximun width of 8 km, is located at the north of Pico Island and at the west of Terceira Island.
This island was created by sucessive volcanic erruptions in a straight line, to which craters remain, its central platform has an average altitude of 700 metres. The coast is steep, almost vertical, particularly in the north, although the cliffs are interrupted by small coastal flat areas called
Fajãs (coves).
Being isolated at the past, nowadays the modern and safe seaports and an airport, allowed São Jorge to new horizons of richness and progress; of which joining the exploration of it's natural resources, and the expansion of cattle raising, fishing, and the making of the famous São Jorge cheese, without forgetting the precious and unique, artwork in cotton of the Fajã dos Vimes and cedar wood from the Ribeira Seca, as well as the construction of fishing boats in Calheta and Topo.
Velas is the capital of the island.

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