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Ilha Verde

São Miguel lies in the eastern group of islands. It is the largest island of the Azores, 65 km long and 16 km wide, and full of natural beauty. Although all the islands are green, Saõ Miguel is known as the
Ilha Verde, Green Island. It has majestic and diverse scenery, from beautiful lakes, small bays with sandy beaches to high cliffs, and a mountain area with the highest point Pico da Vara at 1105m and century-old architecture. Ponta Delgada, the capital of Saõ Miguel, is an enjoyable place to explore as well.

Most famous attractions are the two lakes of Sete Cidades, one green and the other blue. Well worth visiting is also Lagoa das Furnas, the area with bubbling hot volcanic mud, hot springs and small geysers. Nordeste is a region not often visited by tourists, which has a breathtaking coast, best viewed from the several beautiful miradouros (viewpoints) and picnic areas. As for the towns, I found Vila Franca do Campo (first Sao Miguel's capital) and Ribera Grande lovely places to wander around, along the many charming small towns and villages all around the island.

  • Last visit to Ilha de São Miguel: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Sep 28, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Visited all the islands. Sao Miguel is a beautiful island; although, the only downfall is the crime in the capital, that being pick-pocketing and car break-ins, so do not leave anything in plain sight. Food was wonderful and fresh. Will definitely visit Madeira Island again due to consistent good weather and really no crime to worry about.

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    Nov 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Mira, outstanding page about this gem of the Azores. Brilliant photos as well. I especially like your detailed restaurant tips. Well done.

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    Oct 2, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    Mira, há duas fábricas de queijadas da Vila, sendo uma delas localizada nos Arrifes. Ambos os proprietários são da Vila Franca. Lep pozdrav,

  • Feb 20, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    All your pictures are of excellent quality, the scenes carefully framed and the moment perfectly captured !

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    Oct 2, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    eu adoro festas populares! /// engraçado em portugal usarem a palavra "miradouro". no brasil usamos a palavra "mirante" :)

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    Sep 26, 2009 at 4:59 AM

    I've read lots of your pages about beautiful Brazilian islands, and now a Portuguese one. Fantastic scenery, fine restaurants and interesting things to do, like touring the pineapple and tea plantations and the pottery factory.

  • SOLODANCER's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Ah, Mira, I'm salivating from all these. So curious about lapas and cracas especially, and how they prepare them, would want arroz de lapas right now. With all these, who would want sex in the Azores? Hehe. Thanks.

  • Sep 9, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    gosh mira, this is truly a wonderful page on such a magical place! the landscapes of the island are truly stunning! its alot like madeira, yet also alot different. love your work!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Mira, this page is a tour de force from start to finish!! Stunning photos of the rugged landscape of São Miguel with its lush vegetation! You covered a lot of ground - with top notch tips on accoms, restaurants, dishes and the friendly locals!! Fantastic

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    Sep 7, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Fast becoming the #1 foodie on VT. You find the "real" food and talk about it with passion. I want to go just to eat there but then on top of that you presented a stunning natural beauty. Worth the wait.

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