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Angra do Heroísmo: Walking Tour with Local Pasty and Coffee

1. Angra do Heroísmo: Walking Tour with Local Pasty and Coffee

At the selected time, we will meet at Jardim José Agostinho, our (kiosque) to start our guided tour of approximately 3 hours through the capital city of Terceira. Will we take a walking route through the main attractions of this Azorean city, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco? From the kiosk (Jardim José Agostinho) we go up towards the entrance of the city, we will arrive at Alto das covas, then we go in the Duke of Bragança market, we visit the inside of Capitães Generais Palace, which was the former Jesuit college and today houses valuable works of art. We will continue our visit to go inside the Igreja da Misericórdia, which will welcome us with its striking white and blue façade. We will get to know the history of the Paços do Concelho building from the outside and, of course, we go inside the famous church of the Santíssimo Salvador da Sé, the cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo. Stop at a pastry shop where you will have 25 minutes of free time to have a coffee and taste a typical sweet. With our energies recharged, we'll follow the path to the Teatro Angrense, a 19th-century building that houses the island's theater groups and major representations nationwide. Finally, we will visit the Jardim Botanico (Duque da Terceira garden) where we ascend to Alto da Memoria (Memory of D. Pedro IV) A real spectacle.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Furnas & Fire Lake Tour

2. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Furnas & Fire Lake Tour

On reaching the town of Ribeira Grande, the architecture of the city will be highlighted, its Ribeira and municipal gardens, pass by the haystack (Viewpoint), location which overlooks part of the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel, the start rises to observe the Lagoa do Fogo, we will stop in the natural park of the Old Boiler, which offers visitors a relaxing stroll, having direct contact with nature, having at its disposal two eras of train waters, whose temperatures vary between 35 ° at the new epoch and 25 ° in the older era and along the cascade, followed by Lagoa do Fogo, a pond of very blue waters, surrounded by a dense and lush vegetation endemic, and the lagoon highest of the island of Sao Miguel (Situated in the Pico da Barrosa). Furnas, known for its beautiful Valley, due to its paradisiacal scenery, and a City that has a lot to offer, namely its Lagoon, Terra Nostra, the Poca da Dona Beija, Beatriz owner of the Garden, the fumaroles, springs hot and not only, as well as their delicacies cooked on volcanic soil that appears at high temperatures, allowing cooking in the same soil. When moving to the Furnas, have the opportunity to visit also the Vila Franca do Campo, highlights of Ilheu and Chapel of Our Lady of Peace, on the way from the town center of Furnas. Furnas Lagoon is a mandatory stop, due to its surroundings and natural beauty and there, the ritual removal of cooked Furnas. Follow a path to the town center, where an Inn offers numerous flavors, sensations, from its sources, its gastronomy and all its natural beauty, that mother nature offers. Furnas, through the Iron Peak Lookout is the next stop, the route where a local manufacture processes tea in the factory, and the cha Black and cha Green are a delight for lovers. The Sta Iria viewpoint, point of interesting landscape and history, which provide a nice view of the northern coast and on the three main mountains of the island of Sao Miguel, being your last stop before returning to Ponta Delgada.

Angra do Heroísmo: Landmarks Guided Walking Tour

3. Angra do Heroísmo: Landmarks Guided Walking Tour

Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel and drive to either Monte Brasil volcano or the UNESCO-listed High Memory Memorial for the starting point of the tour. Get an overview of the city’s historical past from your expert guide. Continue to the heart of the city and walk the streets filled with monuments significant to the history of the Azores Islands. See the Cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo, one of the most controversial catholic cathedrals, and Palacio dos Capitaes Generais, pivotal in the establishment of the first general government of the Azores. Proceed to the city hall and finish up walking by the Rua Direita, the first main street that culminates in Pátio da Alfândega, the oldest wharf in Angra do Heroísmo. From here you’ll see Angra Bay, where Vasco da Gama disembarked in 1499, establishing the island as a mandatory stop for routes passing through the Atlantic.

Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

4. Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in history on this walking tour of the beautiful Ponta Delgada. You will meet your guide at Portas da Cidade, the 18th-century city gate located right next to the quay.  Your guide will take you back through the history of the town, which started as a fishing village in the 15th century, was later plundered by pirates and corsairs, and saw many naval wars and battles. Discover what drew renowned poets, famous sculptors, and prominent politicians to this small seaside town. Walk along the charming narrow streets, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the people who lived there.

São Miguel Island: Full-Day Off-Road Island Tour

5. São Miguel Island: Full-Day Off-Road Island Tour

Start your Land Rover tour in the southeastern part of the island in the volcanic area of Sete Cidades.After the pick up in you accomodation in Ponta Delgada you´ll be driven to the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades and their beautifull lakes. From Lagoa das Empadadas, to Cumeeira Grande, Muro das Nove das Janelas, Sete Cidades village, and the Vista do Rei viewpoint, your tour is full of exciting views. After lunch, served in a local restaurant, drive toward the Fogo complex and visit Pico da Barrosa, the Lagoa do Fogo viewpoint, the Caldeira Velha thermal baths, Salto do Cabrito and Ribeira Grande city. Drop off in your accomodation is included on this tour.

From Ponta Delgada: São Roque-Praia do Pópulo Minibus Tour

6. From Ponta Delgada: São Roque-Praia do Pópulo Minibus Tour

Start the tour by arriving at the meeting point in Ponta Delgada where you will board a comfortable convertible minibus. From here, set off on a scenic ride along the coast towards the small parish of São Roque. First, admire the spectacular dark sand beach and listen as your guide explains the volcanic activity of the island. Make a stop at Forte São Caetano and learn a bit more about the history of the area.  Then, return to the city and head into the newly developed area, admiring the architecture and stunning coastal views. Enjoy a tour of the main monuments, churches, and beaches discovering a bit more about the region's culture. Finish the tour with a drive along the main avenue of the city, Avenida João Bosco Mota Amaral. Finally, return to Ponta Delgada where your tour concludes at the meeting point.

Furnas: East Island Nature Experience

7. Furnas: East Island Nature Experience

After being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to your stop on the island, São Miguel. The region is abundant with nature, and you will discover a big lake as well as some hot springs in which you can bathe. You will also be welcome to try some food cooked in the local heart holes. Following that, you will make your way towards Plantações de Chá Gorreana. There you will discover the only fields of tea in Europe, and whilst at the plantation you can sample the tea for free and roam around the fields. You will then visit Poça Da Dona Beija, Lomba das Barracas, Furnas, and Povoação, which are hot springs where you will be free to relax whilst contemplating the nature around you. You will finally go to Ilheu Vila Franca Campo, Parque Industrial de Vila Franca, which is 500 meters offshore. In the summer, it's also possible to visit the islet there to have a swim. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

São Miguel: Sacred Spaces in Ponta Delgada Guided City Tour

8. São Miguel: Sacred Spaces in Ponta Delgada Guided City Tour

Visit the Church of São José, the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Saint Sebastian Church, and the Church of the Jesuit College, all on this guided trip in Ponta Delgada. Learn about the cultural and religious significance of the sacred sites you visit.  After pickup, start at São José Church, located in Campo de São Francisco, right in the historic center of the city of Ponta Delgada. Under the invocation of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the church dates back to the 16th century.  Next, stop at the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, where you´ll find the Sanctuary of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres that’s of the highest devotion to the Azorean people and one of the most important treasures of sacred art in the country.  After a small walk, arrive at Saint Sebastian Church. Its construction dates back to a chapel under the invocation of São Sebastião, built after a great plague that devastated it. Make a final stop at Todos-os-Santos Church, the primitive Church of the Jesuit College.

Angra do Heroismo: UNESCO City Walking Tour

9. Angra do Heroismo: UNESCO City Walking Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Anga do Heroismo on a 3-hour guided tour. Located on Terceira Island, this historically important city is full of period churches, palaces, and forts. After a hotel pickup within the city at 9:15 AM, your guide will take you on a walking tour that focuses on the city's history, urbanization, and architecture.   Among other highlights, you’ll visit the Angra do Heroismo Museum, where you can explore exhibitions about navigation, settlers, volcanology, religion, Azorean history, and culture. Visit the Duke of Terceira Botanical Garden, full of classic gardens emblematic of the city’s Romantic period. See the 19th-century Town Hall Building, as well as the 16th-century Sé Cathedral, which is full of historic artifacts.   During your tour, you’ll stop off at a local café to try some traditional cakes and relax with a coffee.

From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Highlights Bus Tour

10. From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Highlights Bus Tour

Admire Terceira's top highlights on a bus tour that takes away the hassle of planning and deciding. Listen to your driver/guide's insightful commentary, learning about the significance and history of every stop on your route. Sit back and relax between several locations, watching the verdant landscape rush past. Start your tour by visiting the lush peninsula of Monte Brasil — most of which is a natural reserve. See the long-extinct volcano looming above you before heading to the nearby colorful town of Angra do Heroísmo. Marvel at the beauty and rich history of the Angra do Heroísmo — Terceira's capital and largest city, with its town center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, head to the south-east coast of the island, seeing several charming churches, holy spirit chapels, and natural formations along the way. Then, stop at the high Serra do Cume viewpoint, where you'll see one of the most breathtaking views of Terceira Island known as The Patchwork Quilt. Surrounding the hill are rolling green hills and hundreds of patches of farmland, creating a patchwork quilt formation. Round off your visit with a stop at the city of Praia da Vitória, filled with sandy beaches and several stunning viewpoints. Known for its colorful architecture, this quaint town still has its old city walls and has a sandy beach alongside its marina.

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Very complete and enjoyable tour. Another way to see the island. Our guide, Leoncio, a very friendly and pleasant person, who in addition to showing us what was included in the visit, answered all our questions with a smile and completed all the information we need (about restaurants, ...). Regarding Covid, very safe, in the car you go at all times with the masks and you have hydroalcoholic gel inside. Totally recommended !!!

We start from Carlos Machado museum,which I would recommend to visit any traveller! Than we call in Churches,galleries,make a small walk around the centre. We’ve got super impressions and understanding of the island life.

Very nice trip! Seen beautiful views. The tour guide did everything so we could see every view ( due to the weather ).

Very good, Rui Mendes was very prepared and friendly, we took a lot of it, a lot of detailed information.