" Sao Miguel is the largest island of the 9 that make up the Azores.We have written these guides to help our guests and visitors to the Azores with some curated tips and suggestions. While we have visited each place, these are just our opinions. Should you have any feedback or places we have not discovered please do email us so we can improve the guide for future visitors.
For a historical walking tour of Ponta Delgada or a historical walk around the Solars (or large mansion houses in English) built from the riches of the citrus trade in the town of Livermento click here.
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Avenida do Mar Ponta Delgada has a beautiful harbour, and you can walk along at both street and marina level. You will find restaurants and whale watching shops as well as coffee stalls.
Ta Gente All this walking around the city is thirsty work. Make a stop at this tapas bar. Great cocktails as well as the second best Gin & Tonic can be found here Google Maps
Intz 48 If you want the best coffee in town this is the place to go. Conveniently located right in the center of town. Also has delicious cakes and sorbetsGoogle Maps
Jardim Antonio Borges The António Borges Garden are pretty gardens with just over 2.5 hectares of outdoor space. Many exotic trees and a lake give the place a quiet and almost undiscovered feel. There is a small cafe at one of the entrances and the gardens are free to walk aroundGoogle Maps
Antero de Quental Garden This garden pays homage to Antero de Quental (1841-1892), one of the leading figures in 19th-century Portuguese literature, who was born on the island of São Miguel. It contains a monument alluding to the life and work of this famous poet. The garden is decorated with features that are typical of the “art deco” style, particularly noticeable in the railings and the design of the pathways, which lend a special atmosphere to this leisure area Google Maps
Lagoa das Sete Cidades (Sete Cidades Lake) A favourite spot to head to for many guests is the Sete Cidades area. Here you will find beautiful hiking trails, as well as the two beautiful lakes which contain different colours due to the minerals in the ground. From the top of the vista, you can see one is green and one is blue, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love Google Maps
- Insider tip: Get up and check the weather. If clear, head here first. Crowds start to gather from 10:00 onwards all day. Get the photos for the ‘gram and selfies and come back for breakfast here at Solar Branco.
Monte Palace Hotel Vista do Rei is also the location for an abandoned hotel. Built in the 70s and operational for less than 2 years, this is now a popular site to get an even better perspective over the lake. You can freely explore the building as long as you’re careful with the debris (the building has had 0 maintenance). Make sure you go to the top floor for a superb open view. The hotel building has been bought by a group of investors and will open again in 2021 (the site has now some “DO NOT ENTER” signs.) Google Maps
- Insider tip: This abandoned hotel is worth a look around. Head to the side and you will see a set of steps up and a wall. Jump over and explore. BUT YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!