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Lush hills and mountainsides, rolling pastures, tea fields, and botanical gardens add their own shades of green to this dreamy and exotic island that is also the largest in the archipelago.
Hydrangea-lined roadways weave through rural villages with fields full of grazing cows – depending on where you go, you’ll run into jungle-like forests enhanced with hidden treasures like waterfalls and natural thermal springs, or jawdropping lookout points taking in the countryside and sea.
São Miguel is an extremely fertile island (perhaps another reason for this nickname), pineapple cultivation is a prominent business, and visitors should make sure to try the local tea. The tea fields are unique and Gorreana Tea Plantation on the northern side of the island is both the oldest and only tea plantation in Europe.
Some highlighted restaurants:
Casa do Abel Best steak restaurant on the island – A firm favourite
A Commercial A hidden gem in the center of Ponta Delgada and one of my favourite places to eat
Atlantico Grill This is a lovely vegetarian cafe in the center of Ponta Delgada. Friendly service and a central location (great for people watching) make this a firm lunch favourite
Resturante Cais 20 A firm favourite of both locals and tourists alike. Located on the ocean, close to Ponta Delgada
Casa Invertida It’s silly, its upside down. It’s not a house, it’s a cleverly designed powersub station. Why? Who knows. Worth a photo if you are in the area
Lagoa do Canario There is a small sign for this lake which you might miss if you are not watching carefully. A short walk leads you to the tree enclosed lake. Protected from the wind, this lake has a mirror like effect and is a relaxing spot to take a break from the world