Interactive maps of hiking and biking routes around Sao Miguel Island1. You can zoom in/out using your mouse wheel, as well as move the map of Sao Miguel Island with your mouse.
2. This interactive map presents two modes: 'Biking Routes' and 'Hiking Routes'. Use the '+' button on the map to switch between them.
Railway and landscape maps of Sao Miguel Island areaThis Sao Miguel Island map has two modes: 'Railway Network' and 'Landscape & Rural Map'. Use the '+' button on the map to navigate.
City tours, excursions and tickets in Sao Miguel Island and surroundings
Portugal - moving around the countryYou can book a taxi in the cities. When traveling out of town, you will have to pay not only for the kilometers it takes to get there, but also for the trip back to the place of departure of the taxi. At night, the tariff increases by at least 20 percent. In Portugal, it is customary to leave tips for taxi drivers, at least 10 percent of the cost of the trip. You will also have to pay for the overall cargo. Lovers of sea transport can enjoy themselves by traveling by ferry to coastal regions and towards the islands of Portugal. There are also cruise liners, yachts and boats. If there is a need to quickly reach the islands, it is better to use air transport. … Open
Overview of festivals and celebrations in PortugalEvery year in May, a flower festival is organized on Madeira Island with an abundance of fun and national festivities. This event is dedicated to the winegrowers to mark the harvesting season. The winter period is marked by carnival processions, the celebration of the rural workers, as well as an abundance of colorful fair festivals. After Easter the “Procession of our Lord of the sick” traditionally takes place along the road which is covered with petals of flowers. In Ponta Delgada, celebrations are held on the occasion of Easter with noisy and merry mass festivities. In the final period of the summer season, the authorities of Lajes do Pico celebrate the achievements of the maritime industry workers including whalers. … Open
Photogallery of Sao Miguel Island sights
Our guide to Sao Miguel Island
Traditions and mentality of Sao Miguel Island
If you are talking to a stranger, you should start with the word "senor" or "senorita". If you know the profession of the interlocutor or his academic title, you should mention it. Local residents greet each other with a handshake, without making any distinction by sex or even age – it will be as appropriate to shake hands with a child as with an adult. If you make friends with a local, he can offer you to move … Open
Travel guide to Sao Miguel Island
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 … Open
Sao Miguel Island for children - what to visit
First of all, you should show the capital of the island to your child. Ponta Delgada became the main city of the island in the 16th century. That is why there are many old buildings. Be sure to climb the walls of Fort of São Bras with your child. The fortification provides amazing views of the island. In addition, there is also a Military Museum on the territory of the Fort. Its collection will attract boys and … Open
Shopping, streets and outlets
It is not accepted to bargain too actively here, but still, you should also remember that you can ask for a discount in small shops for a few one-time purchases if the seller does not offer it himself. A pineapple liqueur will be a unique gift from Sao Miguel. The taste of the drink is quite unusual but it conveys the mood of the island and its inhabitants. Be sure to bring home a few bottles of wine Biscoitos de … Open
Cuisine and top restaurants
Remember that it is customary to leave tips on Sao Miguel, but they are not included in the bill, so it is customary to leave a tip of about 10-15% of the bill. Perhaps one of the most incredible and unique local dishes is Cozido das Furnas with pork, chicken, cabbage and carrots. The composition of the dish is quite traditional, but the method of its preparation is quite interesting. Cozido das Furnas is cooked in … Open
Attractions and active leisure
If you are tired of swimming in salt water, you can take a bath in the lake Lagoa das Sete Cidades near the settlement Sete Sidades. The lake is well-known because it consists of two reservoirs, where the colour of the water is different. The legend says that Lagoa das Sete Cidades was formed from the tears of two separated lovers. The difference in the colour of the water is explained by the difference in the … Open