At first you may think Sao Miguel is small and a couple of days will be enough to visit the entire island. You are so wrong! There are so many things to do on this island that I would suggest staying at least 5 nights. If you intend to do activities like trekking, canoeing, diving etc. then 7 nights are the minimum I would recommend. Given the size of the island you can do a lot in a day.
Distances from one place to another are usually a couple of minutes. However if you are into photography each stop will entail around 30 minutes. A good advantage of Sao Miguel, is that you are not very likely to bump into traffic or other tourists. This is the most ‘touristic’ part of the island and you may find some visitors on the Miradouro do Boca do Inferno trek or the viewpoints over Sete Cidades lake. However this is nothing when compared to what we are used to when we say touristic.
PS. all the photos as good as they may look can never do any justice to the beauty of the places we visited. It would require a medium to convey all the 5 senses together and that has not yet been invented.
Below is our plan to visit the western part of the island which can be visited in one day starting early in the morning and ending the day with sunset in Mosteiros.