Sao Miguel s the largest and most populated of the Azorean islands. It is 67 km long and about 6-13 km broad. There are two highland areas, in the west and in the east. The western is centered around the village Sete Cidades and the eastern around Pico da Vara, the highest peak on the island.Sao Miguel is sometimes called Ilha Verde, The Green Island. Much of the island is a green grazing land. The areas with forest mainly consist of planted exotic conifers and eucalypts.
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There are breathtaking views all over the island. There are several walking trails, particularly in the high lying areas. Volcanic activity, including fumaroles, can be seen in certain areas. Small towns with interesting architecture are scattered along the coast.