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

1. 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 continue our trip through the center of the village to the marina of Vila Franca, where we will also visit the factory of the famous Vila Franca do Campo custard factory; Time to 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 Garden of Quenturas, Poça da Dona Silvina and the center of the parish of Furnas to visit its various fumaroles, boilers and taste some mineral springs there. The visit in the center of the parish of Furnas will be complemented with a taste of local liqueurs; Driven north of the Island, next stop will be at the imposing Pico do Ferro viewpoint, where you can see the magnitude of the Furnas volcanic crater and her lake; Continuing the trip, next stop is 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.

São Miguel: Furnas Hot Springs at Night with Dinner

2. São Miguel: Furnas Hot Springs at Night with Dinner

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation or other location tailored to your needs, and then make your way to the Furnas region of São Miguel Island. Take a thermal bath in the hot springs of the Azores, and then enjoy a traditional dinner at a unique location! Experience the thermal waters in the calm of the evening, when the air temperature is mild and there is magic in the air. Before arriving at Furnas, stop at the Pico do Ferro viewpoint to enjoy a panoramic view of the volcanic crater. Then, drive to the hot springs of Poça da Dona Beija and relax in the healing waters. The water is said to have medicinal properties, while the landscape of sub-tropical palm trees and conifers is beneficial to your sense of well-being! Finally, enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant in Furnas and watch as the locals demonstrate the art of cooking a traditional stew using the steam created by the volcano. Get dropped off at your accommodation at the end of the night for your comfort and convenience.

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.

São Miguel Island: Full-Day Off-Road Island Tour

4. São Miguel Island: Full-Day Off-Road Island Tour

Start your Land Rover tour in the southeastern part of the island in the volcanic area of Sete Cidades.After the pick up in you accomodation in Ponta Delgada you´ll be driven to the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades and their beautifull lakes. From Lagoa das Empadadas, to Cumeeira Grande, Muro das Nove das Janelas, Sete Cidades village, and the Vista do Rei viewpoint, your tour is full of exciting views. After lunch, served in a local restaurant, drive toward the Fogo complex and visit Pico da Barrosa, the Lagoa do Fogo viewpoint, the Caldeira Velha thermal baths, Salto do Cabrito and Ribeira Grande city. Drop off in your accomodation is included on this tour.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Van Tour to the Mystic Furnas Valley

5. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Van Tour to the Mystic Furnas Valley

On this tour, feel and experience the volcanic origins of the magical Island in Furnas. Start by visiting the Chá Gorreana in order to visit the interesting factory and learn more about one of the most unique tea plantations in Europe. The Cozido meal prepared earlier will be your lunch, served at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the centenary Terra Nostra botanical garden, famous for its extraordinary collection of native plants on the Azores, as well as exotic plants from all over the world. At the end of the visit, you are invited to bathe in an iron-rich hot water swimming pool with a temperature between 35 and 40ºC, an exquisite experience! On the journey back to Ponta Delgada, stop at several beautiful viewing points on the North Coast and at the only tea plantation on the North Coast.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Hiking Tour to Sete Cidades

6. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Hiking Tour to Sete Cidades

Explore the Sete Cidades lake, one of the most famous and legendary lakes on the island of São Miguel, on this guided hike. During the 11-kilometer hike, you will have the opportunity to learn about the volcanic formation of São Miguel and hear the legendary love story behind the formation of the lake from your naturalist guide. After getting picked up from your hotel in Ponta Delgada, head to the starting point and begin your 7-hour hike. Stop along the way to visit the picturesque Sete Cidades village and explore the surrounding volcanic region. Half-way through your hike, sit down to a delicious picnic lunch with a sandwich, cake, fruit, water, and juice. After the walk, drive along the south coast and stop in Ferraria, a delightful ocean bathing area, where you can soothe your muscles with a relaxing dip in the heated volcanic waters before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Valley and Furnas Lake Tour

7. 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: Sete Cidades Walk, Tasting and Kayaking

8. From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Walk, Tasting and Kayaking

Be picked up in your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head towards Sete Cidades. Once in Sete Cidades, start your adventure with a walking tour from Miradouro da Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Village. As you follow the walking trail, you’ll see views of the Green and Blue Lakes, Sete Cidades Village, Caldeira Seca, and Caldeira do Alferes. Stop at the Lomba do Vasco viewing point and see views of the northwest coast of São Miguel island. The walking tour will conclude at the village of Sete Cidades, where you can taste local products in a typical wood oven house. After your visit, you’ll head to the Blue and Green Lakes of Sete Cidades, where you’ll enjoy kayaking around the lakes. After kayaking, you’ll be driven back to Ponta Delgada, where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.

From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste Full Day Jeep Tour

9. From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste Full Day Jeep Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Nordeste for a full-day jeep tour of the region. Stop at Sallto do Cavalo viewing point. The lookout point provides views of the north-eastern side of the island, the Furnas Valley, and the coastline. After your stop at Sallto do Cavalo viewpoint, you’ll head to the Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões. Located on the the slopes of Serra da Tronqueira, Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões follows the Ribeira dos Caldeirões water stream. Here you’ll see an abundance of local flora, including ferns and cedar trees. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant located in a Nordeste village. After lunch, you’ll stop at Serra da Tronqueira, where you’ll have panoramic views of the island. Visit Povoação, which was the first populated village on the island. After your visit, stop at Vila Franca do Campo, which is known for its beach inlets.

Full Day Tour Fogo Sete Cidades VAN

10. Full Day Tour Fogo Sete Cidades VAN

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. Located in the center of the island are the fascinating landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), doubtlessly one of the grandest natural attractions of this island, which already is not really lacking in beautiful natural sights. This huge blue lake – it is about 2 km long and 1 km wide - fills the ground of an extinct crater, whose caldera was formed during an eruption in 1563. This tour takes you around the Lagoa do Fogo lake and the Sete Cidades lakes. The date of the tour can be changed depending on weather conditions, at no cost to the customer. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 75 reviews

João gave our small group of 6 an excellent tour of Furnas and the north west of São Miguel. We stopped briefly in Vila Franca do Campo before driving on to the amazing village of Furnas which sits on the floor of a huge caldera, along with Furnas Lake. There is a lot of volcanic activity in Furnas, and we saw many fumaroles, including those used for cooking the famous Furnas stew, tasted naturally carbonated mineral water, and visited the botanical garden and thermal pool at Parque Terra Nostra, where we had a relaxing dip in the very hot, very iron-rich water. After leaving Furnas we visited other great lookout points and a local tea plantation and factory.

We loved this activity! Paulo was an engaging and knowledgeable guide, answering all of our questions. The dinner was nice but the highlight was definitely enjoying the hot springs in the evening. Super relaxing and a unique experience. Highly recommended if you don't want to plan anything but still want a memorable time!

Paulo Melo was our guide. He was wonderful. Very helpful and had great knowledge. He helped us with other ideas for our stay on the island Sao Miguel. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening.

Tour was amazing and Ruben was the most excellent guide. Would love to do another tour with this company and guide.

We had such an awesome experience! Absolutely the highlight of the Azores :) Would highly highly recommend.