Head north to explore the island of Sao Miguel to explore some of the natural wonders on the island. This Azorean islands were formed in the mid-Atlantic Ridge where Eurasian and North American tectonic plates collide. From this natural phenomenon, geothermal springs are found on the island of Sao Miguel has thermal pools set against lust tropical landscapes and steaming craters of the Caldeiras das Furnas.
For those hoping to stay and enjoy the area, the Furnas Boutique Hotel allows you to relax in their thermal pools and enjoy spa services. This hotel also has an onsite menu serving mediterranean inspired tapas dishes in their modern dining room and patio area. Simple, yet beautiful, this hotel is a tranquil escape in the stunning valley.
Sao Miguel is also home to the oldest tea plantation in all of Europe. The Cha Gorreana plantation is a national gem as it grows eco-friendly herbal teas known for their distinct taste. This family-owned tea company has been around for the last 125 years and are the best known for the Green Tea and Orange Pekoe (Black Tea).
Or, closer to the city of Ponta Delgada you’ll find the local Arruda Pineapple Plantation (Fajã de Baixo, Rua Doutor Augusto Arruda) that is open to the public (and free) to take a peek at where these local delicacies are grown. Their gift shop sells pineapple treats, liqueurs and other locally made items.
The Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Hotel is a family and environmentally friendly resort on the north coast of the island. Nestled above the best spot on the island for surfing, this hotel is made up a collection of villas to accommodate couples and larger groups. They also have an onsite restaurant serving only the freshest seasonal local ingredients.