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San Miguel attractions, what to see

San Miguel

Of greatest interest is the island of San Miguel with its historic Maritime capital, green fields and beautiful volcanic scenery. Originally San Miguel was composed of two separate Islands. The largest and most populated of the nine main Islands of the archipelago is 65 km from Settling in the capital of the island called Ponta Delgada, easy access to the rocky coast — to lakes in volcanic craters and hot springs emitting steam from the depths of the island.

The Western part of the island

In the North-West of the island of são Miguel is a giant crater of the volcano Caldeira das Sete Cidades (Caldeira das Network-Cidades), a circumference of about 12 km If the crater is not covered by clouds, is better it is visible from the observation platform Vistas do Rei where the trail starts, leading to its Western edge. At the bottom of the crater lies a little village Network-Cidades and six dark green lakes, separated by thin strips of land. It is believed that the crater was formed in 1440-ies, after the eruption, which was destroyed by the volcano that created the Western part of the island. Today the crater is covered with dense vegetation, although the first settlers called it a scorched shell.

In the main city of the Northern coast, called Ribeira Grande (Ribeira Grande), is a small Casa da Cultura (Cultural center), located at Solar de São Vicente (solar, mansion San Vicente). There are azulezhush XVI-XX centuries as well as samples of crafts and everyday life of the islanders, including Barber.

The cultural center is open from 8:30 to 17:30, Monday through Friday.

The Eastern part of the island

Lagoa da Fogo (“Fire lake”) was formed in the Central mountains of the island. This occurred in 1563 during the eruption. On Sunny days its remote sandy beaches — the perfect place for a picnic.

To the East is the resort with healing waters Fumas (Furnas) is an ideal place for observing the activity of tectonic plates beneath the Azores. Scattered in the city of Caldeiras-Furnas, where visitors can see the hot springs, giving mud and mineral water. In the eighteenth century, a rich merchant of Boston, whose name was Thomas Hickling, broke in Furnas gardens, sprawling in a magnificent Park of Terra Nostra.

Gardens, occupying 12 hectares, has a rich collection of trees and plants, including hibiscus and hydrangea. In addition, there is an unusual swimming pool with warm yellow water.

The volcanic soil on the Northern shore of Lagoa das Furnas (Lagoa das Furnas) so hot that the islanders are prepared cozido — a rich stew of meat and vegetables, which for six hours cooked under the ground.

In the East of são Miguel stretches a picturesque area of deep valleys. Two observation decks: Miradouro do Sossego (Miradouro do Sosego) and Miradouro do Madrugada (Miradouro do Madrugada) surrounded by gardens. On the last platform especially great to see the sunrise.


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