1. Portugal
  2. Azores
  3. Ponta Delgada
  4. Lagoa das Sete Cidades

São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Product ID: 64862
Take in all the highlights of the western half of São Miguel Island, including Sete Cidades, Fogo Lake, Caldeira Velha, Ribeira Grande town, the pineapple greenhouses and more. Learn about the island’s nature and history from an expert guide.
About this activity
Duration: 8.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Portuguese

Pickup included

At your accommodation in Ponta Delgada city between 9:00 AM and 9:20 AM. You can contact the local partner to arrange a pickup outside Ponta Delgada city at an additional charge.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the breathtaking scenery of western São Miguel Island
  • Head off the beaten track to see hidden natural gems
  • Learn about the history of the Azores from your expert guide
Full description
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.
  • Lunch of traditional Azorean food, drink of your choice (wine, beer, etc.), dessert and coffee
  • All entrance fees
  • Water bottle
  • Pick-up and drop off within 5 km of Ponta Delgada city center
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Posto de Turismo - Ponta Delgada, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 9500-769 Ponta Delgada.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Be sure to bring warm clothing as the mountain viewpoints may be windy and chilly
• Please wear sturdy shoes for brief walks
• Please contact operator if you wish to request a pick-up outside of Ponta Delgada for an extra fee
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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The tour with Joäo as our guide was great. Joäo is very knowledgeable about the places he took us.. He takes wonderful care of his group, trying to anticipate their needs and interests. Would recommend Pure Azores and specifically Joäo for anyone looking for a tour to take on Säo Miguel.

February 22, 2020

Great guide and fun group

Our guide, João, was knowledgeable and friendly. He spoke in both English and Portuguese (we had a Brazilian passenger, who only spoke Portuguese). The group was as excited as I about the trip. We traveled around the western island and saw Sete Cidades (João told us the legend) and Plantações de Ananases A. Arruda (two places I would have gone to on my own) as well other parts of the island. It was beautiful! I definitely need to go back and take the eastern tour as well.

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October 20, 2019

We gave done a couple of get-your-guide arranged tours and they have all been good. They seem to pick very good local operators. Using a microphone in an 8 passenger van is a great idea, and we appreciated that! Otherwise, it would be hard to hear in the back. Well done!

October 7, 2019

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Pure Azores Tours

Product ID: 64862