What is there to visit in São Jorge? We break it down for you
São Jorge is one of the most charming islands of the Azores! A total surprise awaits in the central group of the Azores archipelago with mesmerizing views of the neighboring islands of Terceira, Pico, Faial and Graciosa. São Jorge is unique due to its geographical shape, but not only. Its hills hide some of the most beautiful places in the Azores, places we’re sure you’ll want to visit.
Azores Getaways virtually tours you around the mandatory places to visit in São Jorge Island.
SOUTH OF SÃO JORGE ISLAND, AZORES
The City of Velas in São Jorge Island, Azores
The historical center of the city of Velas, the main of the island, is picturesque and quiet and there’s a clear view to Mount Pico whenever you look to the sea. Stroll around downtown Velas, where the majority of the restaurants and bars are located, and visit the Jardim da República, a green oasis in the city center.
Preguiça Natural Pools in São Jorge Island, Azores
If you’re staying at the São Jorge Garden Hotel, we’re pleased to say you have 2 sets of natural pools right next door. The natural swimming pools of Preguiça are located on the right side of the hotel, and the whole scenario takes anybody's breath away.
Ponta dos Rosais in São Jorge Island, Azores
On the southwestern-most tip of São Jorge lies the Ponta dos Rosa is, a set of iconic little islands that dot the island coastline. It is an epic location for drone shots.
Urzelina Windmills in São Jorge Island, Azores
The windmills of Urzelina facing Pico Island are one breathtaking location to see the sunset. Set your clock and make sure you don’t miss the golden hour at this location.
Coffee Plantation in Fajã dos Vimes, São Jorge Island, Azores
São Jorge is home to Europe 's only artisanal coffee plantation! Descend down the hilly road to Fajã dos Vimes and stop at Café Nunes - the first at the entrance of the fajã, and savor the best coffee of the Azores. You’ll also have the change to tour the coffee plantations alongside the owner who’re very friendly and welcoming. Make sure you buy a bag of coffee and support the local entrepreneurs!
Ponta do Topo Islet in São Jorge Island, Azores
On the southeastern most tip of the island you’ll find the Ponta do Topo islet, a flat piece of land not that far from the shore. As a matter of fact, in the summer cows swim all the way there and then graze freely in the islet. The village of Topo also has a cheese factory and it’s quite well known for that.
São Jorge Cheese Factory (UNIQUEIJO) in São Jorge Island, Azores
Book a tour of the São Jorge Cheese Factory for a better understanding of the making process of the Azores favorite cheese - discover what makes its flavor so distinctive and unique, so spicy! Even if you’re not interested in a full tour, you can just visit the shop and purchase the cheese (it is widely available in every supermarket of the Azores).
NORTH OF SÃO JORGE ISLAND, AZORES
Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo in São Jorge Island, Azores
The Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo is one of the most mysterious and coveted zones of São Jorge, and getting there is an adventure by itself. Either you choose to go for a hike or rent a moto to get down faster. Once you get down there, the view up will surprise you, as well as from the several viewpoints down as you start to approach it.
Fajã dos Cubres in São Jorge Island, Azores
Another top sight of São Jorge is the beautiful Fajã dos Cubres, which you can access by car. From the above viewpoint it is possible to sightsee not only this fajã, but also the lake of the Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo a bit further.
Poça Simão Dias in Fajã do Ouvidor in São Jorge Island, Azores
Head to Fajã do Ouvidor if you’re trying to find the Azores most beautiful natural swimming pool! Tucked amongst steep volcanic rocks, the Poça Simão Dias dazzles and enchants. The contrast of the crystal clear water with the dark rocks it’s just amazing - and the photos are here to prove it.
Pico da Esperança in São Jorge Island, Azores
São Jorge's highest peak at 1053 m (3,29 ft tall) is Pico da Esperança, from where it is possible to spot all the 4 neighboring islands at 360º. You can reach it by car, but to get to the top of the mountain you’ll have to walk.