Sao Miguel - The largest of the Azores



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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. 

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Hotels in Sao Miguel

We've collected a wide range of hotels and apartments in Sao Miguel! Are you looking for a unique apartment at the beach or a cosy bed & breakfast in the nature? Do you feel like enjoying your holiday in a boutique hotel with pool? We'll have the right place for you!

History of Sao Miguel

 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.

Activities in Sao Miguel

If you want to explore the culture life of Sao Miguel, there are museums, churches and palaces embellished with treasures of art and history.
For sporty people, golf, walking and cycle paths, horseback riding are waiting for you. 
As you've already seen, Sao Miguel is a paradise for nature lovers as well as action junkies!

Travel inspirations, itineraries and best places to stay

Close your eyes and imagine: just you, the mountains, valleys or the sea. Escape daily routine and enjoy the magic of nature in one of our secluded getaways set in amazing surroundings.
Who says good things must be expensive? We have discovered a number of quaint little hotels and bed & breakfasts that are great value for money without missing out on comfort, service and beauty.
Child friendly hotels and self-catering holiday homes great for children and parents alike. Let your kids enjoy nature and local traditions in the company of others with lots of unique things to do …
Take part of the laid back village life, stroll along cobblestone streets, dine in small traditional restaurants and smile at the locals on the main square.
Some accommodations go the extra mile, they are not only offering a place to stay, they offer a whole social experience - a space with soul, shaped by uniqueness, creativity and a special vibe, where people are able to connect with like-minded traveller.