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São Miguel East: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

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

Explore the highlights of the eastern half of São Miguel island on a guided tour by van. Discover the hot springs at Furnas, the waterfall at Ribeira dos Caldeirões, as well as the remote rugged beauty of the Nordeste region. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the northern coast of the island until you get to the Santa Iria Lookout, with a spectacular, ample view of the north coast in both directions, before continuing to Furnas. Find yourself in Furnas and admire a spectacular panoramic stop to gaze over the lake and town. Descend where you will be given the choice of visiting the geothermal fields and tasting the sparkling waters, or bathing in the hot springs, for an additional fee. Next, discover a traditional way of cooking as your lunch of cozido (stew) is pulled from the warm volcanic soil. In the afternoon, continue the journey eastward, with a stop at the charming waterfall of Ribeira dos Caldeirões.  Explore Nordeste, the most unexplored and rural part of the island. Visit two amazing lookouts over the high cliffs that characterize the East coast of São Miguel, before returning to Ponta Delgada.

Sao Miguel: Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

2. Sao Miguel: Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

Discover the diverse green vegetation, clear and fresh waterfalls and old water mills on this adventurous canyoning tour through the forest. Unless you choose the option with pickup from Ponta Delgada, your adventure starts at Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, one of the most popular natural areas in the Nordeste region.  The activity starts with you picking up your safety equipment, followed by a short walk of about 20 minutes. Once at the entry point to the stream, listen to a safety briefing.  Along the route there will be vertical challenges at waterfalls, which you will combat with the technique of abseiling. The highest waterfall is 8 meters in height. In between there are short walking sections, as well as a more playful area with a slide and jump of about 5 meters.

São Miguel Island: Furnas & Nordeste Volcano Tour with Lunch

3. São Miguel Island: Furnas & Nordeste Volcano Tour with Lunch

Discover how the Azoreans live in the volcano's mouth. Start your adventure with a morning stop at the former island capital, Vila Franca do Camp. Take a small marina walk or try the island's unique pastry, the queijada da vila. Next, head to the mystical Furnas Valley, where geothermal wonders await to be amazed by the enchanting charm of this place while seeing fumaroles and bubbling springs, a testament to the island's volcanic soul. Relax in the thermal waters, or visit one of Europe's most beautiful botanical gardens (Terra Nostra) to customize your day tour. (Entrance not included 10€ per person) Savor the unique and delectable "Cozido das Furnas," which is cooked in volcanic soil and perfectly crafted to tantalize your taste buds. After a lunch break, venture to the picturesque Nordeste to visit Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park. Visit a watermill museum, cascading waterfalls and experience this Azorean heritage in a magical setting, capturing the essence of local life and immersing yourself in the island's vibrant past. On the way back to your hotel, enjoy a tea tasting at Gorreana Tea Factory, one of the last two 100% natural tea plantations in the world.

São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Starting through Ponta Delgada, along Avenida do Mar, following the beaches of Água D´Alto, until we reach the first capital of the island, Vila Franca do Campo, stopping at the viewpoint of Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo where we can see its incredible islet, the result of an underwater volcanic eruption and where the Red Bull Cliff Diving has been running for 3 years, now; After this short break, we will drive to the bucolic Lagoa das Furnas (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense), area where the famous “Cozido das Furnas” is cooked in volcanic soil for 6 hours, and here we can observe the removal of the pots from the volcanic ground by local restaurants. We will also visit the various fumaroles and boilers from that area; Back on the road and towards the parish of Furnas you can optionally relax in pools of hot springs, over 30 degrees, that spur incessantly from railway springs. This is an experience of thermal charisma, with the option of the client and alternative, between Poça da Dona Beija) and the pools of Parque Terra Nostra, where in addition to being able to swim, you can also visit its amazing Botanical Garden Terra Nostra Park, considered one of the best and largest in Europe. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense); Lunch Break (Lunch included) After lunch, a pedestrian visit to the the center of the parish of Furnas; Driven north of the Island, next stop will be at the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park, one of the most visited areas in the Nordeste area, with its 5 Watermills and her amazing waterfall; The last stop of the day, will be the tea route, until the tea plantations and their factories. A view of the splendid bay, a magnificent garden and a smiling welcome for a tea tasting at the Gorreana Tea Factory or Porto Formoso Tea Factory.

Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

5. Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

Start the tour by leaving Ponta Delgada and traveling towards the north coast. Make the first stop at Ribeira dos Caldeirões in the municipality of Nordeste. See the beautiful waterfall, known as Véu da Noiva, and the surrounding watermills and gardens. Pass through picturesque villages as you travel on towards the wonderful viewpoints of Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada, on the eastern tip of the island. View the beautiful lighthouse from the top of the cliff. Stop for lunch which will be served in the village of Povoação, the oldest settlement on the island. In the afternoon, relax near the sea or explore the historic center of Povoação. Return to Ponta Delgada along the south coast, passing by Furnas Lake and Vila Franca do Campo.

São Miguel: Full-Day Nordeste & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

6. São Miguel: Full-Day Nordeste & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

Taking the road that travels along the North coast reach Nordeste, usually referred as the 10th island for its remoteness, and the oldest geological part of São Miguel. Mountains, woods, waterfalls, belvederes that rise over the sea, beautiful villages, and a multitude of flowers mark this area. It is possible to find genuine handicrafts and delicious gastronomy here which you can see and taste at your stop in Nordeste village. After lunch continue the tour around the east part of the island until you reach the village of Povoação, the place where the first settlers set foot on the island. Finish the day with a stop at Salto do Cavalo belvedere.

Açores: São Miguel Island, 2-Day Sightseeing Tour, 2 Lunch

7. Açores: São Miguel Island, 2-Day Sightseeing Tour, 2 Lunch

Join us to adventure São Miguel island exploring Furnas volcano, sete Cidades volcano, Fogo volcano, Nordeste and more. Experience the best of what the island has to offer on in a 2-day tour pack experience from Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande and Lagoa. On the Western side Tour (Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo), start by visiting a pineapple plantation in Ponta Delgada followed by Vista do Rei viewpoint. From this spot, admire all the beauty of the blue and green lagoon with the picturesque parish of Sete Cidades on its edge. Descend inside the volcano, stop at the Cerrado das Freiras viewpoint and Sete Cidades parish for a regional lunch, visit the main church of São Nicolau. After lunch, leave towards Escalvado viewpoint overlooking the ocean, Ponta da Ferraria and Mosteiros Islets. Departure to the Ribeira Grande city on the north coast to explore the historical center and the Jardim do Paraíso. Stop at the Mulher de Capote liqueur store for a tasting of traditional liqueurs, they are free and you can buy a nice souvenir. Up to the Fogo volcano with a stop at the Lagoa do Fogo and Pico da Barrosa viewpoints. The last one offers wonderful views over the lagoon and the whole western part of the island. Return to the starting point. On the second day, discover the island East side (Furnas & Nordeste) stopping at the island former capital, Vila Franca do Campo, destroyed in 1522 by a earthquake. Enjoy a small walk along the marina or a coffee break and try a typical conventual sweet, the "Queijada da Vila" before heading to Furnas volcano. On the Furnas volcano, one of the most visited attractions by travelers is the Terra Nostra botanical garden, home to one of the most beautiful thermal pools. Although this attraction is not included in our tour it remains an option and all travellers will have the opportunity to visit or have a thermal bath if they wish to include this attraction in their day tour. The admission can be acquired at the ticket office costing 10€ per person. Lunch will consist of starters, Furnas stew (vegetarian option available), alcoholic drinks, juices, water, dessert and coffee or tea. After a lunch break tasting this unique delicacy, visit and explore the exotic Furnas village where hot springs, gardens and boilers transport you into a magical volcanic world. Ascend to Pico do Ferro viewpoint for a privileged panoramic view over the entire volcano crater Head to Nordeste stopping at its ex-libris, the Ribeira dos Caldeires Natural Park inserted in a beautiful valley with 5 watermills and the famous waterfall "Véu da Noiva". Return by the north coast stopping at the tea factory where you will visit the last natural tea plantation in the world and do a tasting.

Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

8. Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

The Nordeste is one of the lesser-known destinations of Portugal, yet it remains one of the most beautiful areas of São Miguel Island. Spend a day exploring the area in a 4x4, traveling along the coast to Ribeira Grande and Porto Formoso, among others. The the 4x4 will climb to one of the highest peaks on the island: the Pico Bartolomeu. From here, you can see the highest mountain on the island, the Pico da Vara. After marveling at the sight, drive along the famous Tronqueira Mountain Trail to one of the oldest parts of the island, ending in Povoação Village.

Full-Day Faial da Terra + Nordeste from Ponta Delgada

9. Full-Day Faial da Terra + Nordeste from Ponta Delgada

Faial da Terra is a small village belonging to Povoação, located in the South East of São Miguel Island. Your walking tour will start with a casual stroll down a steep, narrow road that will you lead to Sanguinho. Sanguinho is a village abandoned since the early 70s and is now undergoing a restoration process. You can walk through this place and see the relics of a time gone by, plus the new modern development that is taking place.  Continue your trail through the dense and lush woods, with many short up and downhill stretches between picturesque vegetation. Proceeding along the walk you will finally reach Salto Do Prego waterfall. Amidst the secluded area and near the cascading water you can have a dip before enjoying a delicious picnic lunch. After regaining energy, the road will take us to various viewpoints on the coast of Nordeste. Among them, we will visit Ponta do Sossego and Vista dos Barcos. These landscapes are especially famous on Instagram. Indeed, the green high cliffs with flowers of every color create beautiful scenery. Let’s explore a place that has been considered the most flower-rich region of all of Europe. Our last stop of the day will be in the Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões, a nature park full of waterfalls. The biggest waterfall is over 40 meters high and you will have time to contemplate it and absorb these nature’s vibrations.

São Miguel Island Private Jeep Tour

10. São Miguel Island Private Jeep Tour

On a private tour you are able to plan your trip. All The beauty of Sete Cidades, Furnas, Lagoa do Fogo, Nordeste can bem visited. Many waterfalls to explore. With a 4x4 Jeep you will be able to explore the Island on many diferentes ways, that other vehicles can nota reach. Pick Up and Stop Off at your hotel in Ponta Delgada, at the airport or even at the Cruise Port. Lunch is not included, but your guide will help you to choose the best food options, regardless the trip you plan.

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If, like me, you're struggling to decide which tour to go on - do yourself a favour and pick this one, you won't regret it! :) The tour is very well structured: The first day is a "sightseeing day", focusing on the "western side" where you will get to see 🍍 & the most breathtaking views!😍 The second day on the "eastern side" is an action-packed day where you get to experience many amazing things such being inside of a volcano & try many tasty treats such as the delicious "Queijada da Vila" fresh from the bakery & "Furnas Stew (veggie & meat options). My guides João & Vera were very passionate, engaging and just amazing! I especially liked that João is a "storyteller", which means that instead of overwhelming you with information, he weaves interesting facts into engaging stories. This is probably the only tour I've ever been on where I remember so many facts because they were shared in such a unique & great way! This is the most magical two-day tour in São Miguel - book it now! ;)

We had a great day with Manuel, who was very kind and knowledgable. We saw many different viewpoints and even got to visit some hot springs. The lunch was also very tasty.

Unfortunately the time in Furnas was short. and I can't see what I'm writing right now

I loved it and Vera was a super guide! It was so much fun, thanks a lot again!

Covered a lot Great way to see important places in short order