S. Miguel (Saint Michael)
São Miguel is the largest and has the largest population of the Azores Islands. The São Miguel island covers 759km2 and has around 140,000 inhabitants, these people are called Micaelenses. The largest town on São Miguel is Ponta Delgada capital of the islands and residence of Presidente of the autonomous region of Azores.
São Miguel is 90 km from east to west, and between 8 and 15 km wide, the island is mainly covered with fields and meadows in the lowlands, and laurisilva forests in the hills. Geysers and hot springs are spread over the island. São Miguel has three stratovolcanoes and caldeiras, Sete Cidades lagoon, Fogo and Furnas lagoons. The volcanoes are connected between the alignments of the cone-like mass that are made up of peaks.
São Miguel was the first of the Azores islands to be colonised, by the Portuguese in 1433.
Originally, São Miguel was two islands. In 1563, the island was joined by a volcanic eruption.
the island see from the air:
the west of the island:
the west point, village of Mosteiros:
lagoon and village of Sete Cidades (seven cities):
the center of the island:
on the road to east:
tea plantation call Gorreana:
the beach close to the plantation:
an old barrage from the end of the XIX century:
a waterful close to the barrage:
the area of caldeira velha, termal waters born in the geysers:
Lagoa do Fogo (Fire lagoon), natural reserve:
furnas valley with the lagoon of Furnas and the village of Furnas
Terra Nostra park in Furnas:
in the lagoon:
east of the island:
in the road again:
view to the village of Povoação:
the village of Faial da Terra:
a small river o forms a cascade:
the village of Nordeste, the moust eastern area of the island: