São Miguel Island
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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 on the tour is a visit to pineapple greenhouses, where you’ll learn the unique techniques used in growing this fruit that’s important to the Azores. The program is a perfect introduction to the Azores, with a great mix of mountain views, lakes, coastal lookouts and insights into culture and history.

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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.

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São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

6. 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. 

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

7. São Miguel, Azores: Sete Cidades Half-Day Private 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.

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Full-Day Furnas Guided Tour with Optional Hot Springs

8. Full-Day Furnas Guided Tour with Optional Hot Springs

Uncover the south coast of Sao Miguel Island, introducing landscapes such as the Vila Franca isle, (know for Red Bull diving), taste the famous cakes Queijadas da Vila and pay a visit to the chapel of Nossa Sra da Paz. Getting Closer to the small village of Furnas, cherish the peaceful Lagoa da Furnas where you can see the widely recognized steams where locals put together a meal known as Cozido das Furnas which will be provided to customers. Take a healthy warm bath safely contained in the well known Hot Springs of Furnas, loosening up inside, surrounded by unique scenery of a restful and natural environment, which in turn, will fill your heart with memories of Azores.

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Full Day Tour Fogo Sete Cidades VAN

9. 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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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 255 reviews

Had a wonderful day with an expert guide , Filipe, who was very well informed. Provided a lot of information on everything from political, cultural history to geological history. So interesting and done in an entertaining way. We covered a lot of ground without feeling rushed. Overall very well organized and thought out. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Obrigada Filipe!!

Great tour of the west and middle part of the island , the guide was very knowledgeable, and we visited the highlights of the Sao Miguel, the only downside was that we didn't get to swim in the thermal baths which we were under the impression that it was part of the tour, we still visited the sight though and got to see the amazing place

We was very small group, only 6. The weather was cloudy and windy, but the nature very beautiful. We saw many beautiful places, listened many interesting stories and eat tasty lunch. Our guide Johan very friendly and kind man, can talk about Azorez all day.

Our guide Migel, was exceptional. Yes, we had some great things to see which were great, but his perspective and humor for me atleast, made it a great trip.

We had a fantastic day! Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable about all that we saw. I highly recommend this tour.