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Furnas Valley Full-Day Volcano and Tea Plantation Tour

1. Furnas Valley Full-Day Volcano and Tea Plantation Tour

Depart Ponta Delgada and journey along the south coast of São Miguel before heading towards the Furnas Valley to experience its dramatic volcanic landscape. Stop at the village of Lagoa en route and visit a traditional pottery. Marvel at the former capital of the island at Vila Franca do Campo. Upon arrival in the Furnas Valley, go to the lake to enjoy a lunch of authentic cozido na caldeira (traditional Portuguese stew) cooked using the heat of the volcanic soil. Savor the ingredients characteristic of this typical dish. Next, go to the belvedere of the Pico do Ferro for a panoramic view of the valley. Return to Ponta Delgada via the island's north road, and stop at the site of Europe's only tea plantations and tea factory.

Lomba de São Pedro: Waterfall Hiking Tour with Tea Tasting

2. Lomba de São Pedro: Waterfall Hiking Tour with Tea Tasting

Savor a hiking trip through nature on Lomba de São Pedro’s Moinho do Félix Waterfalls Trail. Listen to cascading rivers and waterfalls and encounter historical structures. Tour a working tea farm where you'll be able to sample their products.  Enjoy coastal views at the start of the hike. Descend to the Cascata do Homem waterfall before an uphill hike through the forest. The trail weaves through the trees before reaching the Moinho do Félix watermill at the base of Cascata do Teófilo. Find some peace and quiet walking to the Cascata da Gruta. This waterfall also features a natural pool called Poço da Truta. From there, head back to the village and pass by many of the springs which once supplied the residents with water. From the village, ride out to the family-run Chá Gorreana Tea Factory and Plantation. It is both the oldest and only such facility in Europe. Discover the whole process that brings tea from the plantation to your cup then taste it for yourself. End the tour with a stop at one of the beaches along the Northern Coast. Relax and enjoy the distinctly dark sands of the island. Listen to the ocean waves crash nearby before returning to your hotel.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Half-Day Trip

3. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Half-Day Trip

Begin your tour to discover the island of Sao Miguel with pickup from your hotel or accommodation. Drive towards Furnas, stopping at the Santa Iria Viewpoint to admire the views over the north coast. Enjoy the contrast of green pastures and the blue sea behind. Continue to one of the island’s tea plantations, where your guide will accompany you on a tour of the planting and factory facilities. Take the chance to taste one of the teas produced there, and enjoy a short break before descending into Furnas. Explore the famous fumaroles and hot springs of the volcanic landscape. Continue to Vila Franca do Campo, making stops at the Hermitage of Our Lady of Peace and another viewpoint. Drive back along the south coast towards Ponta Delgada, where your tour will end.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Valley and Furnas Lake Tour

4. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Valley and Furnas Lake Tour

Depart from Ponta Delgada, along the island's south coast, towards Furnas valley. On the way, you'll stop in few places, one of them being Vila Franca do Campo. Here, you'll observe an islet with the same name as this village. Arriving at Furnas, you'll watch rowing and the ritual removal of cooked Furnas, which you'll later be able to taste. After watching the removal, follow the path to the town center, with landscape, springs, gastronomy and all of its natural beauty. As you leave the village, you will stop for a panorama view of the valley, after which you will follow the tea route, visiting the tea plantation and tea factory (only place in Europe), where you observe all the traditional processes of transformation of the tea leaves, and delight in the black, green or Bergamot tea. At the end of this tour, by the island's north road, you'll stop in beautiful lockout that affords a nice view of the northern coast and the three main mountains of the island of Sao Miguel.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Full Day Jeep Tour

5. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Full Day Jeep Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Vila Franca do Campo on the south coast of the island to start your adventure around the south side of the island. After exploring Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll head to Lagoa das Furnas. In Lagoa das Furnas, you’ll stop in a local restaurant to try the famous Furnas stew. Furnas stew is a meat stew that is cooked underground. After lunch, you’ll visit the centenary garden Parque Terra Nostra. After visiting Parque Terra Nostra, you’ll get the opportunity to visit Caldeiras das Furnas. The volcanic hot spring pools at Caldeiras das Furnas are unique to the island. Stop at the Pico do Ferro viewing point and take in the views of the island. Before the tour comes to an end, you’ll visit the local tea factory, Gorrena, and stop at the Santa Iria viewing point.

São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

6. São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

You’ll travel along many secondary roads, as you explore São Miguel on the way to Furnas. Pass small villages on the southern coastal road before stopping at the Nossa Senhora da Paz chapel for the scenic views over Vila Franca do Campo, the island’s first capital. Be sure to bring a swimsuit on this full-day 4WD tour to enjoy the thermal waters at Poça da Dona Beija. Dona Beija is part of a series of iron-rich hot springs warmed by the volcanic activity that is part of the history of the Furnas Valley. The springs arise from underground thermal aquifers that are in permanent contact with rocks subjected to high temperatures. The average temperature of the water is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy cozido for lunch, a typical stew-like dish that is cooked for 6-8 hours in the hot springs. After visiting the many hot springs and fumeroles in the Furnas Valley you’ll stop at Pico do Ferro for an overview of the Furnas Crater. Returning along the northern shore, you’ll stop to unwind at a tea plantation. Take a short tour of the factory and sample some of the island’s tea.

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What people are saying about Azores

Amazing experience

We had a fantastic day out. Our guide Nuno told us all about Sao Miguel with enthusiasm. He gave us time to look around at the sights. We have been very impressed by the beautiful island. Furnas was a real experience with the springs and later lunch (Cozida stew) in the restaurant. Absolute must!

We were very lucky to be the only couple to have the experience. Having a guide who for half a day took us and explained the most characteristic places on the island was fantastic. Super prepared guide and available to meet our needs. Super recommended!

It was very good, it was a truly unique experience, we were alone with the guide because there was no tourism due to the impact of covid. The guide Leoncio explained many anecdotes and curiosities

The tour was amazing and the landscape were impressive. The geothermal activities of Furnas is definitely a must see. The guide was very helpful and answered all our questions.

Leon did a wonderful job in showing us the most beautiful sites and a wealth of information about local life in Azores.