Furnas
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  • São Miguel East: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    1. 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!

  • São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

    2. São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

    This tour gives you the unique opportunity to get to know São Miguel island as much as possible during a short stay. The tour will start early going in direction to Vista do Rei where you can enjoy the view over the Sete Cidades Lakes. From there the tour will take you up into the mountains to enjoy the view over the gorgeous Lagoa do Fogo. Then you will venture back down the mountains for a visit to Caldeira Velha, a protected nature reserve, where you will have the option to enjoy a bath in the warm water from a waterfall. The journey will then take you to the viewpoint of Santa Iria where you can see the gorgeous northern coast. Following the coastal views, you will visit the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory, where you can taste two different kinds of tea: black and green. The tour will continue on where you will be able to enjoy the amazing view over Furnas’ valley, and a sto...

    This was a good tour, very friendly and knowledgeable staff. It is a full itinerary. Unfortunately we did not see everything that was advertised on the website for this tour.

  • Azores: Explore Sao Miguel in 2 Days

    3. Azores: Explore Sao Miguel in 2 Days

    The itinerary is as follows: Day 1 Start the tour with a guided tour of a pineapple plantation followed by a complete visit to the West and Central Zone of the Island of Sao Miguel. Highlights include the lagoons of 7 cities and Lagoa do Fogo, as well as a visit to the North Coast of the island, where you'll stop to delight in the magnificent views that the coast offers. On this tour, visit other small lakes, such as the Lagoa do Canario and Santiago. See places like the village of Seven cities, the City of Ribeira Grande, among others. Day 2 Depart from Ponta Delgada, along the island South coast, towards Furnas Valley and Vila Franca do Campo, former capital of the islan, with a fine historical center. Your first stop at Furnas will be on the banks of the lake, to watch as your lunch, the cozido na caldeira, is dug...

    The awesome wonder of this amazing island, it's natural beauty. Tour guide was excellent and very attentive and obliging but the nature speaks for itself, no one needs to sell it. It is evident for all to see

  • São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

    4. 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,...

  • Furnas and Dona Beija Hot Springs

    5. Furnas and Dona Beija Hot Springs

    Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation, or other location in Ponta Delgada on request, and then head to the active Furnas volcano to unwind at the hot springs of Poça da Dona Beija.  Enjoy a relaxing thermal bath as you marvel at the volcanic landscape and see the steam that comes from the ground to create a mysterious atmosphere. Then, take part in a typical tea or coffee making ritual using the natural hot spring before you make your way back to your accommodation.

    Pick up on time by our great and enthusiastic tour guide. He told us about the tour and gave options on route to Furnas to show us more of the island we had not yet seen. The waiting line for the baths are long during corona but it was worth it!! The baths are amazing at night where the air is a bit cooler. It was one of the highlights of our trip

  • Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Furnas & Fire Lake Tour

    6. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Furnas & Fire Lake Tour

    On reaching the town of Ribeira Grande, the architecture of the city will be highlighted, its Ribeira and municipal gardens, pass by the haystack (Viewpoint), location which overlooks part of the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel, the start rises to observe the Lagoa do Fogo, we will stop in the natural park of the Old Boiler, which offers visitors a relaxing stroll, having direct contact with nature, having at its disposal two eras of train waters, whose temperatures vary between 35 ° at the new epoch and 25 ° in the older era and along the cascade, followed by Lagoa do Fogo, a pond of very blue waters, surrounded by a dense and lush vegetation endemic, and the lagoon highest of the island of Sao Miguel (Situated in the Pico da Barrosa). Furnas, known for its beautiful Valley, due to its paradisiacal scenery, and a City that has a lot to offer, namely its Lagoon, Terra Nostra, th...

  • Furnas Valley Full-Day Volcano and Tea Plantation Tour

    7. Furnas Valley Full-Day Volcano and Tea Plantation Tour

    Depart Ponta Delgada and journey along the south coast of São Miguel before heading towards the Furnas Valley to experience its dramatic volcanic landscape. Stop at the village of Lagoa en route and visit a traditional pottery. Marvel at the former capital of the island at Vila Franca do Campo. Upon arrival in the Furnas Valley, go to the lake to enjoy a lunch of authentic cozido na caldeira (traditional Portuguese stew) cooked using the heat of the volcanic soil. Savor the ingredients characteristic of this typical dish. Next, go to the belvedere of the Pico do Ferro for a panoramic view of the valley. Return to Ponta Delgada via the island's north road, and stop at the site of Europe's only tea plantations and tea factory.

    The tour was amazing and the landscape were impressive. The geothermal activities of Furnas is definitely a must see. The guide was very helpful and answered all our questions.

  • Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

    8. Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

    Travel from Ponta Delgada to one of Sao Miguel’s northern coast’s highlights: The Ribeira dos Caldeirões natural park, where waterfalls and windmills nestle amongst the lush vegetation. From here, you’ll continue on to Nordeste village, known for its beautiful gardens and well-preserved streets. From here you’ll travel along the North-East side of the island, taking in the views over colorful gardens and the sea from Ponta do Arnel, Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada. Your next stop will be Povoação Village, situated in the most South-Eastern part of the island. Povoação means settlement in Portuguese, and was where the first Portuguese navigators arrived on the island. Here you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant, before travelling along the Alameda de Plátanos Visconde Botelho, a large avenue surrounded by Plátanus trees. Off-roading over streams, you’ll drive to Salto do Cavolo t...

  • Furnas: Private Van Tour

    9. Furnas: Private Van Tour

    This tour covers some of the best scenic areas of São Miguel island and the Furnas volcanic area. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs and a visit to Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. • Pisão Viewpoint and Caloura • Vila Franca do Campo and its pastry factory • Senhora da Paz Viewpoint • Furnas Lake and Hot Springs • Furnas Village • Terra Nostra Botanical Garden (optional) • Hot Springs & mineral waters • Pico do Ferro Viewpoint • Gorreana Tea Plantation and Factory • Santa Iria Viewpoint

  • Full-Day Furnas Guided Tour with Optional Hot Springs

    10. 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.

    I travel around the most wonderful places in the island. The guide, Bruno, is well experienced, he knows everything about the island. Bruno is really friendly, so I enjoyed the tour very much.

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What people are saying about Furnas

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Very complete and enjoyable tour. Another way to see the island. Our guide, Leoncio, a very friendly and pleasant person, who in addition to showing us what was included in the visit, answered all our questions with a smile and completed all the information we need (about restaurants, ...). Regarding Covid, very safe, in the car you go at all times with the masks and you have hydroalcoholic gel inside. Totally 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.

Very good experience. Daniela, the guide, was very punctual and very good. Good temporal articulation of the visit. Great lunch