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Sightseeing in Sao Miguel Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

The largest of the Azores, San Miguel, has long begun to attract curious travelers. People come here to see its priceless historical monuments, have a scenic stroll and relax at charming beaches untouched by civilization. San Miguel owes its unofficial name, "Green Island", to picturesque landscapes and a huge number of unique natural attractions. Travelers preferring to devote considerable time to strolls through historic sites would find a lot of pleasant surprises.
There are several quite old productions on the territory of Sao Miguel. For example, famous winery Quinta da Jardinette is located in Fenais da Luz. Here you can try several varieties of … Open
The capital of the island is the city of Ponta Delgada; old streets survived there represent its main treasure. Strolling through the city, you can see beautiful buildings everywhere; most of them were erected in the 18th century. However, main sightseeing sites of San Miguel are its natural attractions. The starting point of many excursions is Sete Cidades lake. It’s situated in the crater of one of the extinct volcanoes; climbing to the top of it would be an unforgettable adventure. It’s certainly worth to see Lagoa do Fogo, whose name fully reflects its main feature. There are natural pools being among the most visited sites on the island in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.
Tobacco and tea plantations have been undisputed symbols of the island for many years. It’s noteworthy that San Miguel is the only one among the Azores, where tea is grown. Ribeira Grande is the local center of cultivation, where guests can stroll through the old plantations and learn many interesting things about national fields. Very unusual objects are Mosteiros pools formed of lava flows. They look very impressive; it’s believed that water in pools has healing properties. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
There are several quite interesting natural objects on the territory of Sao Miguel. For example, you can swim in the incredibly hot ocean on the volcanic thermal beach Plata da Ferraria at … Open
It’s definitely worth to include a visit to Furnas in the excursion program. This is where the Valley of Geysers is situated. Watching powerful fountains of hot water that burst from the ground is very popular activity among tourists. After admiring geysers, you should definitely look into the nearby botanical garden; its collection of exotic plants and flowers is just lovely. It’s also worth noting that Furnas also has a great natural pool fed by one of the mountain springs.
Another popular excursion object is old winery Quinta da Jardinette, which would be interesting to everyone. There is a daily fascinating tour including the traditional wine tasting. Those fond of elite tobacco are recommended to visit Maia , where there is the attractive Museum of tobacco, as well as one of the oldest tobacco plants, Fabrica de Tabaco "Estrela". During trip to the island’s capital, you can visit the old brewery Melo Abreu , which has being operating since 1893. This is just a small part of amazing tour facilities providing lots of unforgettable experiences and allowing to appreciate unique culture and heritage of the island.
Upscale resort-style hotels dominate on the island; each of them is ready to offer its guests a lot of unique services. One of the most popular hotels is Ponta Delgada situated in the heart … Open
Sao Miguel is an ideal destination for eco-tourism. There are several natural resorts and excellent beaches famous for their clean environment on the island. Aqua d’Alto is an excellent choice for a family vacation. This beach has soft golden colored sand. Aqua d’Alto is a flat and calm place with nearly no waves, so even travelers with small children will find it comfortable to stay there. Praia do Areal de Santa Bárbara is located in a picturesque bay. This beach is also a sandy one. The beach has strong waves very often, so it is an optimal choice for all surfers.
Fogos is a lot calmer and less crowded place. This beach has unusual black sand that is of volcanic origin. It is a great place to sunbathe and enjoy the fabulous nature of the area away from people. Fans of seclusion and intimacy will be also delighted with Praia do Pópulo. This beach is located at a distance from major tourist centers, so there are always not many vacationers there. There are several modern water sports centers on the island. Besides that, tourists usually enjoy excursions, during which they can see whales in their natural habitat.
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Sightseeing in Portugal: things to see

The majority of landmarks are located in the capital of the country - Lisbon and its suburbs. For more than 700 years Saint George's Castle, which is located on a high hill, has been the main symbol of the city. Starting from the 13th century it was used as a royal palace, nowadays one of its towers hosts an archive with important documents of the country level. Approximately one third of the castle was destroyed during the earthquake in 1755, so only the main wall and a couple of towers have survived until our days. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is not only a famous religious landmark, but also an important historical object. Many famous guests visited the monastery in the past, for example, Vasco da Gama, who prayed there before his famous travel to India. After the return of the famous explorer a church dedicated to Virgin Mary was built near the monastery. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is also the place of the burial of the royal family, and one of the monastery's buildings has been turned into marine and archaeological museums. … Open
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