Europe's western most point is an autonomous region of Portugal, full of natural beauty, unique scenery, quaint fishing villages, historical centers and so much more. And with year round temperatures between 55-75 degrees (Fahrenheit), it is a perfect year round destination. April through November are the best months weather-wise; June through August the busiest.
Sao Miguel is known for a variety of experiences, from hiking and swimming to thermal spas, gardens and plantations, including a pineapple plantation and Europe's only commercial tea plantation. The region is one of the top 10 places in the world to see dolphins and whales year round. In the summer you can observe up to 14 different species of whales.
A few miles from Pico lies nice and peaceful Faial Island, the Blue Island, named for the large number of hydrangeas that bloom in the summer months. The marina town of Horta is world famous and one of the busiest in the world with recreational sailors. It is also a strategic site for the transatlantic cables.
The Portuguese built their first settlement here because of the protected ports.
Foodies never leave disappointed either. Naturally, fish and seafood are quite common (and good). The volcanic soil (and all the natural minerals) help produce great vegetables, wines and pastures that keep all the cows happy. And happy cows produce delicious cheeses, milk and beef. Not to be missed on Sao Miguel is the Cozido das Furnas, a beef stew that is cooked in the ground through thermal heat for 6+ hours.
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