AZORES - São Miguel - 2006

After a long "crossing in the desert" seven long years, I'll be back again, have the opportunity to travel. This new trip, marks a new return to Azores. It would not be the return to Pico Island... but, the wonderful return to Azores.

During a week well spent, we traveled in many long ways throughout the island. Magnificent the island of São Miguel, leaves no one indifferent to its natural geological beauties, neither to his people. Friendly and humble people which stubbornly defies nature of a brave land, planted in the middle of the vast Atlantic Ocean...

Returning to the Azores again, was a big pleasure. Walk along the Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Lagoa do Fogo, eat the famous "Cozido à Portuguesa" in Furnas, or just bathe in the warm waters the lake of Terra Nostra Park. São Miguel, has a lot to offer, as long as you want receive... São Miguel, is a charming island, full of pure and brave life.

SOME ADVICES:

Go if possible and go with time. At least, a week. São Miguel, there is much to see and feel with calm.                    If possible rent a car, it's more practical and comply bigger objectives. Traveling on the island, by public transport or by taxi, is not always easy or cheap.                                                                                                        Take shoe all terrain, but comfortable. A raincoat is also advisable. In Azores, it's normal the rain showers most of the year.                                                                                                                                                                            Fill the belly with the local gastronomy, in particular with "Cozido à Portuguesa", in Furnas. Fresh fish dishes and the good beef, is also a good option. Do not forget of course, the famous cheese...                                                      If you like a beautiful dip in crystal clear waters, it's worth going there prepared.The water is slightly warmer than on the continent and full of colorful fish.

Texts and images of; J.P Oliveira

ISLAND OF SÃO MIGUEL - September of 2006

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GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF SÃO MIGUEL

 "São Miguel Island, nicknamed "The Green Island" (Ilha Verde), is the largest and most populous island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. The island covers 760 km2 (290 sq mi) and has around 140,000 inhabitants, with 45,000 people resident in Ponta Delgada, the archipelago's largest city..."

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Miguel_Island