São Miguel

geographical location
of Ponta Delgada - view of the port
Azoren, Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada
the Azores, Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada
Sete Cidades (seven cities) with Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde
hot source of sulfur with Furnas
Azoren, Sao Miguel, Furnas
the Azores, Sao Miguel, Furnas

São Miguel is the largest island of the Azores. It ranks among the east's group and has a surface of 746.8 square kilometers. The island is 63.7 km long and 16.1 km broad. On São Miguel live well 131,000 humans. Approximately 20,000 of it in the capital Ponta Delgada.

Geologically regarded the island consists of two parts, which were connected only before approximately 10,000 years by also today still active volcanism. This concerns the western part, which essentially consists of the Einsturzkrater Sete Cidades and the eastern Serra Agua de Pau. The effect of volcanism of São Miguel can be experienced impressively in the Furnastal. Here cooking sources exist and/or. Geysire. The Furnas lake, on whose bank likewise volcanic sources are active, consists of two which are connected Einsturzkratern. In the Einsturzkrater (Caldera) Sete Cidades are appropriate for two lakes, which are connected (Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde). The collapsed volcanic cone covers 12 km with a diameter of approximately five kilometers altogether. A wonderful hinterland loads to moving routes in.

The island was discovered 1439 of Heinrich the sailor. São Miguel is today the best opened island of the archipelago. Rubbing Irish Republican Army Grande, which received 1507 municipal rights, is with approx. 12,000 inhabitants the second largest city of the island. After Wassermühlen had been here originally established, textile production led in 18. Century to an upswing of the place. Further important places are Lagoa, mansion Franca de Campo and Furnas. Close by the botanisch interesting Terra Nostra park is appropriate, for that end 18. Century by the American Thomas Hickling was put on. To the sumptuous vegetation of the park belong among other things bamboo, Araukarien and water lilies.

A large economic role for São Miguel plays apart from the tourism (and. A. Whale Watching) the cultivation of fruit, particularly pineapple. The moreover one are on the island only dte plan days within the European union. The meaning of the fishery is constantly declining in the last years against it. Into the 60's 20. Century on the island still commercial whale-catching was operated.

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coordinates: 37° 46 ' 17 " N, 25° 27 ' 43 " W


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