Sao Miguel Hiking- Top Hikes You Won’t Want to Miss
Sao Miguel features some pretty amazing landscape and has some of the the most scenic hiking trails you can find! This island in the Atlantic Ocean is perfect for exploring and hiking some of the best trails in the Azores. Although there is plenty to see along the coast, hiking in Sao Miguel is the best way to experience the amazing views including ocean views, waterfalls, lakes, and even volcano craters. After spending 5 days in Sao Miguel hiking and exploring last summer, we’ve complied the top hiking trails in Sao Miguel, Azores you won’t want to miss!
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“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
Helpful Tips: Don’t let the distance of Azores deter you from visiting. Sao Miguel is a budget friendly vacation. We booked our last trip to the Azores through Azores Getaway. They offer some amazing deals that include your airfare and hotel and usually a few tours. We were able to get our entire package for less than a flight booked on our own!
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Hiking Sao Miguel Azores
TIP: The weather can be very foggy at Lagoa do Fogo, so I’d save the hike for a nice sunny day as the lake really has a beautiful blue when the sun is shining.
Distance: 1.5 miles out and back (2.6 km)
Difficulty: Moderate (steep inclines)
Time: 1.5 hours (depends on how long you want to walk along shoreline)
Recommended Gear: Hiking shoes, sunscreen
Salto De Prego
Lagoa do Fogo
TIP: I recommend doing the hike early if you want some time in nature by yourself. The earlier you hike to Lagoa Do Congro, the more likely you are to enjoy the experience in solitude.
Distance: Unknown, although it only took us about 15 minutes down to lake
Time: 1.5 hour
Recommended Gear: Hiking shoes
Lagoa do Congro
TIP: If you get up to the viewpoint and it’s cloudy just be patient and clouds will eventually break! It can also get windy so bring a jacket.
View from Boca de Inferno
Lagoa do Fogo
Distance: 1 mile roundtrip (add additional 2 miles if you want to do the actual Cha Gorreana hike)
Time: 1 hour (add additional 1.5 for Cha Gorreana hike)
Recommended Gear: hiking shoes, sunscreen, water bottle
Tunnel under bridge
Old Tea Plantation Buildings
I really enjoyed hiking in Sao Miguel as it is really the best way to experience the beauty of this island. I hope these help you when planning your trip to the Azores.
For a complete Sao Miguel Guide and ways to save money head here. Also if you are planning a trip to the Azores, we recommend adding an few extra days and visiting Terceira.