Sao Miguel is the most famous island in the Azores. It is the one with the mall, the movie theater, and all the vistas that appear when you Google “Azores”.
Driving around the island is very difficult! Not because of the road conditions, but because every time you round a bend in the road, your partner will exclaim how you much stop the car to get a picture of the lookout.
Each mundane road that loops and twists through the mountains will expose you to amazing views that the locals take for granted.
The island was evidently created by a series of volcanic eruptions and the craters that were once filled with fire are now filled with cool fresh water. These lakes litter the islands surface and create a fantasy land appearance that is easily accessed via a series of hikes.
While our favorite island in the Azores is certainly Terceira, Sao Miguel is certainly an island that should be visited! The views here are amazing, but to get a good feel for the kindness of the people of the Azores, it is best to visit the other islands.