Before arriving in the Algarve, I had a short stopover in São Miguel, which I used to buy as many delicious local products as I could.

I tried some St. Jorge cheese at this awesome shop where I also picked up pineapple jam, hot pimenta sauce and peppers, and a variety of teas (the Azores has the only tea plantation in Europe).

Strolling around almost empty streets in São Miguel at such an early hour, I was hit by an incredible sense of calm and simplicity. There's an old-school quality about São Miguel that I found very charming.