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São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

1. São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of the western half of São Miguel island on this guided tour by van. Discover the famous crater lakes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, picturesque waterfalls, amazing cliffs, and stunning rock formations around the coast of the island. Start with a visit to Ribeira Grande, one of the most picturesque towns of the Azores, followed by a surprising view of some amazingly beautiful cliffs on the North coast. Then travel to the inner areas of the island to see the gorgeous waterfall of Salto do Cabrito, surrounded by wild vegetation. Drive to the top of Fogo Volcano to enjoy views of the most pristine and magical of the crater lakes of São Miguel. From the top of the mountain, enjoy the stunning views over a large portion of the island. After a tasty meal to restore your energy levels, head to Sete Cidades, to understand why this is considered by the postcard of the Azores. Enjoy views from two completely different perspectives over the famous twin lakes.  End the day in Mosteiros, at the western coast of the island, where the lava rocks have formed enchanting small islets and natural pools.

Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

Set off on a full-day adventure to discover the island of Sao Miguel in a 4x4 vehicle. With private tour that can be fully customized, you decide what to do and when. Explore the craters of Sete Cidades, visit the romantic town of Furnas, or discover Lagoa do Fogo. Get picked up from your hotel by your driver/guide to start this incredible experience. A number of itineraries are available that you can discuss with the driver on the day of your tour. Choose to visit the parishes around Sete Cidades, to discover the lakes, craters, and hot springs around the area.  Alternatively, head in the direction of Furnas and take a tour of the most beautiful town on the island. See fumaroles and hot springs as you admire the lush vegetation around Furnas lake. Take a short hike if you wish, and see how traditional pottery is made locally.   If you love nature then choose to discover the two biggest lakes on Sao Miguel, Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Admire the blue waters and stop at Caldeira Velha to enjoy a swim in a naturally-heated waterfall. Explore a 4x4 trail to another waterfall, and take a short hike if you like. Witness volcanic activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Coast-to-Coast Buggy Tour with Lunch

3. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Coast-to-Coast Buggy Tour with Lunch

The coast-to-coast buggy tour of São Miguel will lead you off-road for an adrenaline-filled tour. With the help of your guide, visit farms, check out the best views of the island, get up close with unreal nature, and, of course, cross paths with volcanic rock along the way.   See the amazing landscape of the island, taking in many famous landmarks along the way. Included is a stop for lunch in Caloura, a stunning coastal town where you can enjoy some of the best food the island has to offer. Continue with the adventure before making your way back to the starting point filled with the strong emotions this unique tour invokes.

Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Hidden Gems Full-Day Tour

4. Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Hidden Gems Full-Day Tour

Spend a day exploring the hidden gems of São Miguel Island, away from the big crowds. The island of São Miguel is beautiful everywhere and has a lot to see besides the popular and busy attractions. Drive through the quiet roads of the inner island surrounded by forests and green pastures. See the native and unique vegetation of the Azores in well-preserved areas and learn about their uses in the early history of the islands. From ample views from mountain tops, to waterfalls, cliffs, a small lake—this tour goes to many amazing places that are not part of the main tourist itineraries. This tour is accessible to everyone and doesn’t require difficult walks. Throughout the day, you will explore the hidden side of the Azores and go off the typical roads to enjoy some unique views.

Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

5. Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

São Miguel is the biggest island of the archipelago, at 62.1 km in length and 15.8 km at its maximum width. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. This tour takes you around the crater of the volcano of Sete Cidades, with breathtaking views of the lakes and sea, travel off roads that offer moments of great thrill and adrenaline. You will also enjoy the viewpoints of Pico da Cruz and Cumeeiras. The date of the tour can be changed depending on weather conditions, at no cost to the customer. 

São Miguel, Azores: Sete Cidades Half-Day Jeep Tour

6. São Miguel, Azores: Sete Cidades Half-Day Jeep Tour

Drive off the usual tourist trail on a 3.5-hour jeep tour of the Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) region of São Miguel, part of the Azores, departing from Ponta Delgada. Traveling by 4WD jeep, experience the dramatic scenery of the volcanic crater up close, and see unique flora and fauna. You will drive to the mountain summit where you can look down on the impressive lakes of the caldera, one called Lagoa Azul for its blue water, and the other known as Lagoa Verde (Green Water). En route, take in other picturesque spots of São Miguel, including the church of São Nicolau. Enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, volcanic cones, and stretches of green, from Vista do Rei, and drive through villages that have played a vital role in the story of the island.

São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

7. São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel or accommodation. Leave Ponta Delgada and make your first stop at Vila France do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel located on the south coast. Here, taste the famous Queijada da Vila pastry, a type of cheesecake created by nuns. Next, head toward Furnas Valley and spot volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles, near Furnas Lake as you arrive. Find out how the true gastronomic specialty of Azores, the famous Cozido das Furnas, or Furnas stew, is cooked. Follow this with a visit to the Terra Nostra Garden and have the opportunity to experience a thermal bath before lunch is served. After lunch, see more volcanic phenomena in Furnas village, as well as the fumaroles in a mix of hot and fresh waters, some with medicinal properties. On the way up to the mountains, stop to admire the amazing over Furnas Valley from Pico de Ferro's viewpoint. Then, visit the Gorrean tea plantation and its factory in Ribeira Grandes, on the north coast. Taste two kinds of tea found in São Miguel, black and green. Finally, make your last stop at Santa Iria's viewpoint to have a gorgeous view over the north coast. Take some photos and capture great memories before being dropped off back at your hotel or accommodation at the end of the tour.

Terceira: Azores Half Day Hike

8. Terceira: Azores Half Day Hike

This is the perfect tour for nature lovers. It's a hike in a trail located in the north side of Terceira Island, and it's one of the most beautiful hikes in the Island, because of the panoramic views variety. Along the trail and on your right side always ocean view and several bays, and on the same trail at the same time on your left, there're beautiful volcanic landscapes. Average takes 2:30 minutes, lenght 4km, and it's considered an easy trail.

Azores: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

9. Azores: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

Experience the beauty of Terceira by minibus on a full-day tour of the entire island, including lunch in a typical restaurant. Tours typically start at 09:00 and end at approximately 18:30. Part of the 9 volcanic islands of the Azores Archipelago, Terceira is located in the central group (Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial) and, like all the islands of the Azores, boasts its own unique landscape, culture and traditions. Visit the inside of Europe's only empty volcano at Algar do Carvão, and marvel at fields surrounded by stone walls. Enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant and get acquainted with the authentic food of Terceira, known for dishes such as Alcatra de Carne (pot roast cooked in large unglazed red clay pots).

São Miguel: Sete Cidades Buggy/UTV Tour

10. São Miguel: Sete Cidades Buggy/UTV Tour

Be the driver of a buggy/UTV and experience some of the beautiful landscapes of São Miguel Island. Head to the highest points of the mountains that surround Sete Cidades volcano. Go on and offroad and visit some of the trails that are part of the Azores Airlines Rallye. If the weather is good, you can count on awesome views of the lakes and the ocean. Learn more about the area with your expert guides who will provide brief explanations at each stop.

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What people are saying about Azores

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 303 reviews

What an amazing experience! We did both the West and East tours. Our guide Fernando was just an awesome human being, great sense of humour and so passionate about the island. These amazing reviews are all legit, you won't regret this! Thank you Fernando!

Antonio was our guide. Besides being a very pleasant man, he is very knowledgeable and interesting. lt was a wonderful day. we saw a lot of places and the lunch was superb. It is highly recommended.

Joao was very knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating. He makes you feel very comfortable both with his excellent driving as well as his sharing of information.

We had a great and eventful day with Rui. We can definitely recommend the excursion.

Antonio is a great guider, we enjoyed every moment during the tour.