It was recently considered the “world’s most sustainable destination” by Green Destinations, and it has now been named a place that “needs to be on your bucket list” by the Canadian edition of online newspaper The Huffington Post.
In an article written by the newspaper’s travel editor Marissa Anwar, the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is considered “a world of its own”, with São Miguel an absolute “must”.
Admitting that it is “hard to narrow down everything you can do on the island”, Anwar writes there is “something for almost everyone and it all depends on how much time you have to stay”.
On her list of recommendations are activities like “hiking” through the “abundant amount of trails and lakes to discover scattered across the volcanic island”, as well as “surfing at Costa Norte, and Areais de Santa Barbara, on the North side of the island.”
Anwar also suggests visiting the island’s pineapple plantations, the Porto Formoso tea museum and the Hot Spring natural swimming pool, as well as going on whale and dolphin-watching tours.
With nine islands to choose from, the author suggests getting away from the capital Ponta Delgada and “venturing into a resort we fell in love with: Caloura Resort Hotel”.
“Set against the stunning backdrop of coastal bluffs, the resort offers amenities such as a pool, a fitness centre, much needed privacy, and easy access to the rest of the island,” Anmar wrote.
“All year round, you can find families having picnics at the local parks, but in the summer, Caloura is a vibrant place, with travellers and locals drawn to the beautiful beaches and parks,” she added.
For places to eat, the writer focuses on three restaurants in São Miguel’s capital Ponta Delgada: Cais 20, considered a “favourite among locals”; Anfiteatro Restaurant, which features “delicious food and a harbour backdrop”; and the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, where Anmar recommends trying the house specialty, Cozido à Portuguesa.
You won’t have trouble getting around, as the writer praises Ponte Delgada’s “amazing public transit” and says “you can get pretty much anywhere on the island easily”.