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The inhabited large island of São Miguel is part of (the island group) Azores and is located in the country of Portugal, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 1364 km. The surface-area of the island is 744.7 km2 and is therefore 2 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 205.2 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 63.5 km by 15.6 km (maximum width). The island is North-northwest - East oriented. The highest point is 1105 meter and is named Pico da Vara. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 37.8 (37°47'46.8528), -25.48 (-25°28'5.3202).


The population is 137699 and the population density is thus on 184.4 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Ponta Delgada (located in the South-southwest of the island). Other places on the island are: Ribeira Grande (N), Vila Franca do Campo Z). The island is located in the West-northwest of the country Portugal. It is located in the administrative unit Autonomous Region Azores (local administrative level-name Região Autónoma), in the municipalities : 1) Ponta Delgada 2) Ribeira Grande 3) Nordeste 4) Lagoa 5) Vila Franca do Campo 6) Povoação (local administrative level-name Concelho). Direct neighboring islands of São Miguel are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Ilhéu de Vila Franca Located 12.6 km South of the island.
2) Santa Maria Located 101.6 km South of the island.
3) Terceira Located 186.1 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
4) São Jorge Located 245.7 km NorthWest of the island.
5) Pico Located 259 km NorthWest of the island.

Note: The information described below is partly subject to change. The island is directly accessible from Western Europe by plane. An international airport is present on the island. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.



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