The island of São Miguel is called the green island because it is the greenest of the seven islands that make up the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. Within the forest of green you will find volcanos, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, hiking trails, canyons, pineapple and tea plantations — not to mention the city of Ponta Delgada and all the small towns around the island.
The island is an action lover’s paradise, with canyoning, scuba diving, fishing, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing to name a few of the choices. São Miguel is home to the last tea plantation in Europe and also home to pineapple plantations, which grow pineapples in greenhouses scattered throughout the island. The people living here are so friendly and helpful, but they are never in a rush and don’t expect you to be either, so learning to not rush everywhere was the first lesson of the island.
The food is amazing and so fresh, in my two weeks on the island I have not had one bad meal. I have taken so many pictures and it was hard to choose a few for this post, but I hope you can get a feeling of how great a place São Miguel is. Please enjoy!
David McLean-Perkins is majoring in information systems. He is participating in a study abroad program to Portugal in Summer, 2017.