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São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

1. São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

This tour gives you the unique opportunity to get to know São Miguel island as much as possible during a short stay. The tour will start early going in direction to Vista do Rei where you can enjoy the view over the Sete Cidades Lakes. From there the tour will take you up into the mountains to enjoy the view over the gorgeous Lagoa do Fogo. Then you will venture back down the mountains for a visit to Caldeira Velha, a protected nature reserve, where you will have the option to enjoy a bath in the warm water from a waterfall. The journey will then take you to the viewpoint of Santa Iria where you can see the gorgeous northern coast. Following the coastal views, you will visit the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory, where you can taste two different kinds of tea: black and green. The tour will continue on where you will be able to enjoy the amazing view over Furnas’ valley, and a stop will be made at Pico de Ferro’s viewpoint. Arriving in Furnas Village you will see some volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles. You will then be able to have some lunch and eat the delicious famous Cozido das Furnas (or Furnas Stew), a gastronomic dish of Azores. After lunch, a stop in the Furnas Lake to see how the famous stew is cooked, then take a walk near the beautiful lake. Returning to Ponta Delgada and passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel, located in the south coast, a last stop will be made at Ermida da Nossa Senhora Paz to enjoy the view to the famous Ilheú da Vila Franca. The tour will finish at your hotel or at the harbor.

Angra do Heroísmo: Landmarks Guided Walking Tour

2. 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.

Half-Day Sete Cidades Adapted Van Tour

3. Half-Day Sete Cidades Adapted Van Tour

This adapted tour is suitable for those with reduced mobility as the van used on the tour is wheelchair accessible. The main goal of the tour is to allow you to get to know what the island of São Miguel has to offer. Get to know one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, the Lagoa das Sete Cidades. Let yourself be invaded by the beauty of the lakes, one blue and one green, which according to legend were formed by the tears of a shepherd and a princess who were in love but not were meant to be together.

São Miguel: Full-Day Hike to Lagoa do Fogo

4. São Miguel: Full-Day Hike to Lagoa do Fogo

Spend a full day hiking to Lagoa do Fogo and see the gorgeous natural views São Miguel has to offer! This walk takes you to one of the most beautiful lakes on the island and to all its surrounding area. This is a very complete hike that passes through a big variety of native and endemic vegetation. The lake occupies the bottom of a collapsed caldera, and when you arrive there you will have the opportunity to go for a quick swim before or after a picnic lunch. This hike is considered medium level – in the morning, on the way to the lake, the trail goes mostly uphill (for about 2-hours). After lunch the trail is mostly downhill and you must be more careful to avoid slipping. This walk is not recommended for people with knee or ankle problems.

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What people are saying about Azores

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 165 reviews

A few days ago we did the excursion with the guide Ruj. In the group there were only 3 of us and thanks to the courtesy and friendliness of Ruj the tour was above our expectations. in the morning there was bad weather in a viewpoint and Ruj brought us back in the afternoon when the weather conditions were better. Highly recommended!

We had an amazing day. Our guide, Mario, was lovely, patient, well informed and a pleasure to spend the day with. All the island highlights are included in the tour, you get a really good feel for the place when you are only on the island for a short time. Well worth the long day!

I had the most amazing experience with Mario while on tour. He is such a credit to the island and to the people that have the privilege to have him as a guide. Thank you Mario for all you shared with us and for making our tour such special. Denise&Joana.

One of the Best Tour driver that being on, Rui Tome is a super star. He was always helpful, easy to talk to and explain very well

Very informative. It was good to have someone else driving and finding all the sights.