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Sao Miguel

São Miguel is the largest island of the Azores and famed for its impressive twin lakes, one blue, one green, Santa Maria, sandy beaches, grottos, impressive cliffs and fortresses. Indeed, S. Miguel boasts lakes and countryside of great beauty, along with the hustle and bustle of a large city, together with ample quiet green open spaces adorned with flowers. Museums, churches and palaces embellished with treasures of art and history. Golf, walking and cycle paths, horseback riding. All this and more on an island catering for those who love culture and sports... or for those who simply delight in the contemplation of Nature at its finest. History Settlement in São Miguel began in 1444, after Prince Henry the Navigator introduced cattle to the island. The first inhabitants, from the Portuguese provinces of Estremadura, Upper Alentejo and Algarve, were later joined by Madeirans, Jews, Moors and possibly Frenchmen (a tradition recalled by the name of the parish of Bretanha - Brittany).The export of oranges to England brought São Miguel great prosperity at the end of the 18th century. The orange groves, however, were destroyed by a blight starting in 1860 but the introduction of new crops - tobacco, tea, flax, chicory, sugar-beet and pineapples – helped guarantee economic survival. With the passing of the years, these crops were joined by several industries and a growth in fisheries and livestock raising. Today São Miguel is one of the political and administrative centres of the Region, and an island with a relatively diversified economy that is experiencing marked progress.


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Best Boutique & Romantic Hotels in Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal

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Casa Vitoriana

Casa Vitoriana

Easygoing Simple pleasures Value for money

The Casa Vitoriana guest house goes back quite a long way, to the beginning of the last century in fact, and during all this time it has been in th...

Furnas Lake Villas

Furnas Lake Villas

Design Easygoing Natural beauty

The Azores archipelago have long been considered to be some of the most beautiful islands in the world, a true paradise for nature lovers with a...

Pico do Refúgio

Pico do Refúgio

Authentic environment Design Easygoing

The Pico do Refugio started off life in the early 17th century as a farm. Subsequently it became a military garrison, which lasted some 300 years, ...

Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort

Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort

Easygoing Fine cuisine Great for kids

In the green island of São Miguel, the southern entrance to the Azores, we find the Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort. This exclusive complex has mad...

Solar da Gloria ao Carmo

Solar da Gloria ao Carmo

Authentic environment Romantic Value for money

Originally a late 17th century baroque building, Solar da Gloria ao Carmo was rebuilt in 1990 after a fire.
Much of the original detail was ma...

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