São Jorge

Travel Guide Europe Portugal Azores São Jorge

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Introduction

São Jorge is a Portuguese island in the central Azorean archipelago of Portugal. It is separated from its nearest neighbours (Pico and Faial islands) by a 15-kilometre strait (consequently, the three islands are sometimes referred to colloquially as the Triangle group.

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Geography

São Jorge is a relatively long thin island with tall cliffs, and where the population (almost 10,000 inhabitants) is concentrated on various deltas along the north and south coasts (its east to west length is 53 kilometres and its north to south width is 8 kilometres. The highest point is Pico da Esperança at 1,053 metres. The island has an area of 246 km², with an obvious difference in the relief between the western and eastern portions of the island: the western coast is ringed with cliffs, while the eastern coast is smoother. Similarly, the contrast between the northern and southern coasts are obvious; apart from several deltas (fajãs) on both coasts, the northern coast has sharp cliffs, while the southern coast is less inclined. The majority of the cliffs in the northeast are between 300 and 400 metres with severe slopes (between 45° and 55°). In the southwest the cliffs are approximately 100 metres in height and most settlements are located along the lava deltas, such as the Fajã das Velas, Fajã da Queimada, Fajã Grande and Fajã da Calheta.

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Cities

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Sights and Activities

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Being located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in an area of high pressures the island benefits from the influence of the Gulf Stream that maintains water temperatures between 17 and 23 °C, and atmospheric temperatures hovering between 13 and 24 °C. Annual humidity hovers around 75% and the level of precipitation has molded the physical appearance of the island.

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Getting There

By Plane

SATA Air Açores flies to/from Ponta Delgada and Terceira.

By Boat

Anlanticoline offers ferries to/from Pico, Terceira and Graciosa, some of which are in summer only. The ferries basically make a loop originating in Faial, via Pico to São Jorge and onwards to Terceira, Graciosa and back to the island and Pico and Faial. Once Once weekly summer only there is nightly ferry to/from Flores, from Horta on Faial, but which can be boarded on São Jorge first as well.

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Getting Around

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Drink

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Sleep

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