: Joao Paulo II, Ponta Delgada
: Ponta Delgada Port
: Via Rapida
: Praia dos Moinhos
: Furnas Golf Course
: O Moinho Terrace Cafe
São Miguel Island has a coastal perimeter of 213 km. Probably around 75% of that distance can be accounted to the access roadways that connect cities, villages and the beautiful landscapes of the island. Touring the island has become easily accessible by the new expressway. However, to truly see the island stay on the old highway that connects all the points of interest.
Bela Vista apartment is located within a unique coastal cove, sustained by a pleasant sandy beach and backed into a beautiful natural countryside of hills and fields. Across from the beach, pushed in the hills, you will find a small nature reserve with a small waterfall surrounded on the banks by the color of many Azorean plants.
Within this quiet village of Porto Formoso, you will also find small convenience food store, pub café and restaurant café including the famous Moinhos Terrace café on the beach where you will find the best hamburger on the island.
From the apartment, Ribeira Grande, the second largest city is just 13 km away. Here you have access to numerous attractions and facilities such as, a ceramic factory, a liqueur factory, a food super store, top known restaurants such as Ala Bote Restaurant, fish specialty, O Silva Restaurant, over five decades in business, fish specialty also, and for the meat lover, there is the Associaçao Agricola Restaurant, the best steak on the island.
Travelling west to Vista do Rei, Sete Cidades, is 60km taking the north coast road. Here you will witness the beauty of the legendary twin lakes, one blue and the other green.
East in the town of Furnas at 22km, you will find the volcanic activity known as the “caldeiras”, Terra Nostra Gardens, the largest botanical garden in the island, Poça da Dona Beija thermal pools, highly recommended and of course the famous cozido, that is a must to experience.
Centrally located, 15 km toward the top of Lagoa do Fogo, you will find the most beautiful fern tree valley that leads to the Caldeira Velha warm water fall. Here also you can soak in a thermal pool just recently constructed. 5 km further up the mountain, you will be exposed to breathtaking views of the crater lake of Lagoa do Fogo. A walking trail is accessible to the lake at this point.