Ponta Delgada
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  • São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    1. São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Your guide, an expert in the history and nature of the Azores, will meet you at your accommodation at 09:00. On this 9-hour excursion you’ll head straight to Sete Cidades, enjoying amazing views of the island along the mountain road. Stop at the famous King's View, and take in the panorama appearing on many postcards of the Azores. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of smaller, little-known lakes of the area. After you visit a small town by the lake, the drive continues to the west coast of the island and the beautiful rocks of Mosteiros. In the afternoon, the itinerary starts off with a visit to Fogo Lake, the highest and most untouched of the large lakes of the Azores. Next is Caldeira Velha, a natural monument featuring lush vegetation and thermal activity. Continue to Ribeira Grande, the largest town on the north coast and see the most beautiful cliffs in São Miguel. Your last stop o...

    The tour was just wonderful! Our guide was super nice and we learned many interesting facts and stories about the island. Highly recommended!

  • São Miguel East: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    2. São Miguel East: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Following pick-up, start the drive to Furnas. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the southern coast of the island until you get to the historical town of Vila Franca do Campo. Here, reach a secluded chapel in the mountains, Senhora da Paz, to enjoy a spectacular view of the town and small island before continuing to Furnas. In Furnas, walk along geothermal fields and observe smoking volcanoes (possible to swim in thermal pools for extra fee). Watch as your lunch, the famous local cozido, is pulled from the cooking holes in the volcanic soil. In the afternoon, get to the top of the volcanic crater at the viewpoint of Pico do Ferro, which offers views of Furnas and its lake. Next, head to the northeastern side of the island to see the coast of high cliffs and waterfall of Ribeira dos Caldeirões. Make your way back to Ponta Delgada along the north coast of the island with a final stop at the b...

    This was the perfect way to discover São Miguel island. We were a small group and our guide Miguel was super nice and gave us a wealth of information. Thank you Miguel and Pure Azores!

  • Sao Miguel Island: Fire Lake Half-Day Tour

    3. Sao Miguel Island: Fire Lake Half-Day Tour

    This tour starts in a parish village Faja de baixo, famous for the cultivation of pineapple. There, you'll have the opportunity of seeing the whole process of pineapple cultivation of the Azores. On reaching the town of Ribeira Grande, discover the architecture from this cities and of the island, pass by viewing points that overlook part of the north coast of the Sao Miguel. You'll have the opportunity to taste some traditional liquors. Visit the thermals of Ribeira Grande Boilers, a thermal suite constructed in the nineteenth century. In the central zone of the valley lies a large amount of clear blue boiling water.  Afterwards, you'll stop in the natural park of the Caldeira Velha for a relaxing stroll. Experience direct contact with nature. The Fire Lake, is a lake of very blue water, surrounded by dense and lush vegetation. It is the highest lagoon of the island of Sao Miguel, situ...

  • 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.

    O tour foi excelente e João, nosso guia, nos levou a vários lugares únicos na ilha de São Miguel, compartilhando seu conhecimento e as belezas do lugar.

  • Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

    5. Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

    Meet with your tour guide at 2:00pm at the tourist office in Ponta Delgada in the city center. You will be briefed with great information about the history of Ponta Delgada, to provide you with some context to what you will be about to see. The iconic monument of Portas da Cidade will be how you begin learning about the many facets of Ponta Delgada over the centuries. The Mother Church of Sao Sebastiao is next, which is one of the oldest and most important buildings in town. You will then ease along the picturesque cobblestone streets of the city center, while the tour guide provides great information along the way. Uncover some of the best works of art that are present in Ponta Delgada, some of which are easily missed by tourists. You will then advance to visit the exquisitely designed botanical garden of Santana, home of many peculiar tree species. You can enter a normally inaccessib...

    Exceptional. Fernando, the guide, is really knowledgeable about São Miguel . Recommend to everybody. Very enjoyable 3 hours.

  • From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Half-Day Trip

    6. 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.

  • Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Tour

    7. Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Tour

    Get to know the city of Ponta Delgada alongside a professional guide. Visit the city’s pineapple plantations, botanical gardens, and Gruta do Carvão. Get picked up from your hotel, then start the tour with a visit to one of the traditional pineapple plantations on the island. Get to know the different stages of plant and fruit growth as you explore the different greenhouses. Then, walk through the José do Canto Botanical Garden built in the 19th century. This garden is rich in different species of trees from different countries and continents. Spot a variety of sizes and shapes. Next, head to the botanical garden located in the middle of the city, António Borges. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the exotic trees and caves of this garden that was also built in the 19th century. End your experience with a guided tour of Gruta do Carvão, located on the west side of Ponta Delgada. The Gr...

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What people are saying about Ponta Delgada

I had the most wonderful time on this tour. It was entertaining, educating, enjoyable, scrumptious (lunch). The combination of this awesome Island and a guide who really loves his island and how everybody from the gouvernement til the farmers work hard to preserves the beauty that is Sao Miguel. Our guide João will tell you all about that. João found the right mix of fun, seriousness, connection with the people in his van and in the meantime showing us all these wonderful places. Really highly recommended!

Simply an amazing tour! We saw so many beautiful views, had delicious Azorian lunch and swam in the thermal pool. Plus, the weather was just perfect. Simply an amazing experience. Highly recommended!

This was the perfect way to discover São Miguel island. We were a small group and our guide Miguel was super nice and gave us a wealth of information. Thank you Miguel and Pure Azores!

Perfect way to get the most out of your time while visiting Sao Miguel. We also did the West side the following day to get a complete overall experience.

The tour was just wonderful! Our guide was super nice and we learned many interesting facts and stories about the island. Highly recommended!