Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal

When I first started planning our trip, I knew Portugal for sure was going to be a stop, but when I looked further into Portugal there were so many places I wanted us to explore. So we, and when I say we - I mean my mom and I....planned on breaking the trip up into sections. Starting with Sao Miguel Island, and then down in the south, to split our time and visit both the eastern and western sides.

So Ruben's family is from Sao Miguel and when I google mapped it I couldn't actually decipher where is was in relation to everything else. The problem is I was too zoomed in. Zooming out all I saw was ocean. It is seriously a teeny island in the middle of no where. Didn't help my phobias of flying.

We found super cheap tickets through Easy Jet, and I wasn't sure what to expect. At 25 euros a flight I had visions of being on some ghetto cargo plane. But nope, just like our Westjet for a fraction of the cost!

We spent 5 days in Sao Miguel on the northern coast. To sum up the island I would describe it as: Green, Hills, Cows, Coffee, Bacalhau, Cows, Furnas, Teeny Towns, Beaches, Cows and Churches.

We visited Sete Cidades, and afterwards through googling and Instagram, I found out the massive building I saw at the top was an abandoned hotel with some really neat history. Wish I had known before so I could have gone inside and explored! What was an ultra high end hotel in the middle of nowhere sits there now in ruins (see here

Here are some of my favourite photos from our stay on this gorgeous little island! (the first 5 photos are from our overnight stay in Lisbon)