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S. Jorge IslandIntroduction

Shaped as a cigar this island is 56 kilometres in length and only 8 kilometres wide with a population of about 10.000.

On its northern coast the land drops away in striking sheer cliffs from a height of 480 meters. It was in this area that in the 15th Century the Flemish colonists chose to make their hamlets.

In 1480 William van der Hagen brought to the Azores the first "woad" plants which were to provide a good source of income for the islands for some two hundred years.

The main town of Velaslies on its southern coast whilst the only museum can be found at Calheta.

This island is a walkers paradise for its beauty and tranquillity due to the semi-micro climate it enjoys.

The soil is very fertile and the local population have cultivated the land extensively except in areas where access is often difficult.

The island is well known for a tasty cheese that they produce named "Queijo da Ilha".

This island is also has been prone to suffer earthquakes and the last one being in 1980 caused considerable damage and resulted in a decrease of its inhabitants which decided to move off the island.

Although many of the islands have "fajas" (lava formations caused by its the downward flow), this island possibly has the most impressive of them all.

Regular flights connect this island with most of the other islands and boats can be taken to Ilha do Pico, Ilha Faial, Ilha Terceira and Ilha Graciosa.




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S. Jorge IslandTelephone Numbers


Police 295 416 365
Emergency Treatment 295 412 807
Tourist Office 295 412 807

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