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  • São Miguel

    São Miguel
    São Miguel island has several calderas, and hot springs can be found scattered over the island; mostly in the middle highlands.In the west there is a caldera and volcano crater that is almost filled by the beautiful Sete Cidades twin seas and the town of Sete Cidades. Steep mountain walls surrounds the lakes, one is azure blue, the other is greyish. This is the most famous site of the island.
    São Miguel
  • Pico

    Pico
    At Pico Island you can climb the mountain, 2351 meters (7713 feet) above sea level. It is the tallest mountain in Portugal. Ideally you climb the mountain in the afternoon so you can see the sunset when you are in the top. Normally it takes 2 to 3 hours to climb. hen in the morning to see the sunrise you climb a little mountain that is called Pico Pequenino (Little Pico) that the mountain has on the top. From there you can see the islands of Faial and São Jorge perfectly.
    Pico
  • Caldeira Velha

    Caldeira Velha
    Caldeira Velha is a beautiful national park like place to visit. A rich tropical vegetation and hot springs which flow into bathing pools are gorgeous.
    Caldeira Velha
  • Angra

    Angra
    The historic centre of Angra is located along the southern coast of the island of Terceira, encompassing the medieval city and fortified citadel that forms the volcanic cone of Monte Brasil. Angra is dominated by the Old Square also known as the Square of Saints Cosmo and Damian.
    Angra
  • Furnas

    Furnas
    Furnas is the place to visit if you want to see the hot springs. It has an active caldera with steam vents, mud pots and geysers, locals cook food in earth ovens available in picnic areas. This hot spring and most touristy city of the island is situated in the east inland of Sao Miguel in the middle of mountains and forest.
    Furnas
  • Furnas Golf Course

    Furnas Golf Course
    A spectacular golf course set in the midst of a powerful volcanic landscape with luxuriant tropical vegetation. It is situated in one of the most beautiful part of São Miguel Islands, set above Furnas Valley and close to beautiful crater furnas lake.
    Furnas Golf Course
  • Diving

    Diving
    Warmed by the Gulf Stream and teeming with fish, the waters around the Azores are a scuba diver's heaven. Off the island of Terceira there are unique underwater rock formations and an anchor graveyard. At Vila Franca, on São Miguel, shallower canyons and channels are home to octopus and grey triggerfish. Another iconic dive site is in Santa Maria, where it is possible to dive with dozens of graceful devil rays.
    Diving
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching

    Whale and Dolphin Watching
    Every town with a Marina offers whale watching. They take you out on small boats and often get you within ten yards of the whale.
    Whale and Dolphin Watching
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    Jewel-coloured lakes to kayak, misty laurel forests to hike and sparkling lava tubes to explore

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    April showers bring May flowers to Azores, so spring is an ideal time to visit. Summer is perfect for whale watching.

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    How to get there

    By plane to Ponta Delgada airport, half-way between New York and Lisbon

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