Volcanic raisings from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the nine islands of the Azores sit halfway between Europe and North America. The volcanic cone of Pico Island is the highest altitude in the Azores and Portugal reaching 2,351 m.
Located at latitude 39° 43' / 36° 55' N, the islands vary in size from 759 km² of São Miguel Island to a mere 17 km ² of Corvo Island, with an overall total area of 2,333 km². The importance of the sea is reflected in the 954,000 km² Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Azores archipelago.
The Region's population is 247,000(2011 census), distributed unevenly with 138,000 people living on S. Miguel but only 430 on the small island of Corvo.

São Miguel

With a length of 65 km and 16 km at its widest, São Miguel (W 25 º 30' Lat . N 37º 50') is the largest island of the archipelago. The island is composed of volcanic ridges (massifs) separated by a central range of lower altitude. Pico da Vara sits in the eastern massif as the highest point in the island, 1080 m. Beautiful lakes of mist and magical colours are nestled in the large craters of Sete Cidades, Fogo and Furnas.
The entire island is edged with basaltic sand beaches and many other welcoming places to enter the sea. Underground volcanos create hot springs within lakes as well as areas of sea bathing with mixing streams of hot and cool water.