The island of Sao Miguel in the Mid-Atlantic ocean is hundreds of miles away from mainland Europe with the other eight islands all within a short flight away. Sao Miguel is the largest island of the Portuguese islands known as the Azores. Discovered in the early 15th century, the island’s location became one of the first central commercial posts between Europe and North America in the early days of exploration. The island is filled with unique, nature-based activities for you to explore while visiting this charming green island. The island of Sao Miguel looks like a grain of sand in the distance until you approach closer and witness the fantastic flora and fauna of this island paradise. Through these waters, boats sailed from Europe to the new world, being the last land most navigators would see for months during the years of early exploration. The island is filled with natural wonders, museums, great beaches, and unique restaurants. Make the most of your trip and hire a local guide to make the most of your island experience. Hailed by National Geographic Traveller for its unique Eco-friendly existence, here, the waterfalls, hot springs, and jaw-dropping gardens are all at your fingertips. The marina, which is located on the island’s capital city of Ponta Delgada, right in the heart of a beautiful, dynamic small city, is the perfect starting point to begin your “Day in the Azores.” It is recommended to try the local cuisine while visiting the island as the Azores are recognized for their high-quality meat and dairy industry. The seafood industry is a driving force for the economy due to the abundant, high-quality fish caught on the Azorean coastlines. Ensure that if you are looking for authentic gifts from the island, it states that it was made in the Azores. A must buy is the green or black tea grown here on the island of Sao Miguel since 1883. The famous Cha Gorreana brand in Portugal produces organic teas at their family-owned and operated estate. They are open daily from 8 am-8 pm free for tourists to explore the vast tea plantation and unique 18th century machinery.