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Sao Miguel Geography

Sao Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago of the Azores, has a land area of about 910 square miles (759 km2): its length is 40 miles (65 km) and its maximum width is 10 miles (16 km). Its situated at 25º 30′ West longitude and 37º 50′ North latitude.

Sao Miguel island is composed of two volcanic massifs separated by a central ridge with a low altitude. The highest point is at Pico da Vara (Vara Peak) with an altitude of 3545 feet (1,080 meters), is situated in the eastern massif. The large craters of Sete Cidades (seven cities), Fogo (fire), and Furnas contain wonderful lakes of crystal-clear water.

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