Sao Miguel Island, has been called as "The Green Island". It is the largest and most populous island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Owing to the predominance of volcanic cones and craters in the interior, human settlement has developed primarily along coastal and interior plains. Similar to other islands in the archipelago, Sao Miguel is influenced by ocean currents and winds, and in particular, the cyclonic Gulf Stream. The island's location also makes it susceptible to many Atlantic storms, and precipitation tends to be elevated during the winter periods.
In 1427, Sao Miguel became the second of the islands discovered by Gonçalo Velho Cabral to be settled by colonists from continental Portugal. In the early 15th century, Infante D. Henrique first authorized the settlement of many settlers traveled to São Miguel.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Sao Miguel Island is a huge island in Portugal that consist of two main cities: the Ponta Delgada and the Ribeira Grande. The most popular city is the Ponta Delgada because of the many attractions found in this place including; Furnas Hot Springs, surrounded by a beautiful flowered shore, serving as a natural kitchen. Cooking by burying pots in the earth is a tradition that offers a nice meal of mixed meats and vegetables. Ribeira Grande, the perfect place for windsurfing standing as an access to the crater lake of Lagoa do Fogo. Chapel of Our Lady of Hope, home to the magnificent statue Christ of Miracles, the patron of the largest religious festival in the Azores. Museum Carlos Machado in Ponta Delgada, Gorreana Tea Factory and several beaches all over the island where you can swim or dive. Find the right Sao Miguel Island hotels for you at otel.com as it offers a wide selection of cheap hotels in Sao Miguel Island that would surely fit your budget and lifestyle.
There is a bus service on the island, being the most popular way of transportation among tourists. It gets you almost everywhere on the island. There are local agencies offering personal tours. You just get in the car and have a wonderful day around. You can also rent a car or bicycle to have it on your own way.