Known as the Island of the Volcanic Lakes, São Miguel is the largest of the Azores’ nine islands, and is famous for the variety of its landscape. Go for a walk in the country where you can really appreciate the local wildlife.
If you’re brave enough, and like a little more adrenalin, why not try climbing up the mountain paths to one of the island’s highest points, 800 metres above sea level.
Don’t miss the view from Vista de Rei, from where you can look down over the enchanted lakes that are both green and blue - certainly one of the most distinctive sights on the archipelago’s landscape.
The most beautiful lake of all is the Lagoa das 7 Cidades, where the natural colours contrast with the white houses of the village that sits within the old volcanic crater. Dare yourself to climb down the steep slope and then enjoy a swim in the inviting waters of Praia do Lombo Gordo.
To replenish your energies, treat yourself to the ‘natural’ cuisine provided by the cozido das furnas where food is buried in the ground and cooked with the heat of the earth.