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

    1. 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.

  • São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

    2. 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

    3. 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

  • Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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.

  • São Miguel: Furnas Crater Volcano and Hot Springs

    7. São Miguel: Furnas Crater Volcano and Hot Springs

    Benefit from pickup at the Ponta Delgada cruise ship terminal at 09:00 AM or 01:00 PM, and then travel along the south coast before heading north to Graciosa. Get breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape from the Santa Iria lookout.  Next, visit a tea factory at the last natural tea plantation in the world. Start your ascent to the volcanic crater of the active Furnas do Enxofre and get far-reaching views from the Pico do Ferro viewpoint.  Walk inside the volcano to marvel at the cones, hot lava activity, and mineral springs. Taste a traditional liquor at a local shop and discover the natural kitchen where the locals cook their unique stew using the heat of the volcano in a hole in the ground. Soak up the impressive views of the lake before driving back to the cruise ship terminal at Ponta Delgada.

    Victoro was a great guide. He truly loves his country and loves to give info and tours about it. He was aware of our group’s needs and made every stop very enjoyable. He as swerved our questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. We would highly recommend this tour and guide.

  • Furnas Hot Springs: Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

    8. Furnas Hot Springs: Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

    Departing from Ponta Delgada, ride in a 4WD vehicle towards the lush volcanic scenery of São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, and often referred to locally as "The Green Island". The first stop along the tour is the Belvedere of Senhora da Paz in Vila Franca do Campo for a superb view over the town and Islet, as well as the Furnas lake and valley. Once in the Furnas volcanic complex, delight in the great volcanic activity around you. Admire the fountains of mineral water flowing from lava wells and bubbling up in various temperatures and flavors, making this one of the richest hydrological regions of Europe and the Caldeiras. Pass by a tea factory on the way back to Ponta Delgada, where you can stop to enjoy a comforting cup of tea. Afterwards, enjoy one last stunning view over the coast at Belvedere of Santa Iria.  

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What people are saying about Furnas

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 17 reviews

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

Antionio was really fun and looked after us 24/7. Nevertheless, we expected something completely different. You have to be aware that like everyone else, you have to queue up in front of the bathroom. Description should be adapted.

I loved the experience. The script is very complete, the guide (Mr. Rui) is very friendly and explains the whole story behind each landscape. It's definitely worth it.

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

Our guide Rui was so much fun, amazing tour guide, highly recommend this tour