From north to south and east to west, ‘Boca do Inferno’, or ‘Pico do Carvão’ – there’s one thing you’ll always find on the volcanic island of São Miguel: fantastic vantage points offering seemingly limitless views. As you stand high up on ‘Miradouro de Santa Iria’, surrounded by jagged cliffs and green fields where bulls and horses graze, and let your gaze wander over the vast sea, you’ll have to take a moment to reassure yourself. Firstly: yes, this really is Portugal, not Scotland. Secondly: it’s actually real. And the best thing: the ‘Cascata Ribeira do Lameiro’ waterfall is just a short hike from the viewpoint. So, set off into the jungle and then take a cool dip.