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Our most recommended Maia, São Miguel island Day Trips

São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

1. 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.

Furnas Valley Full-Day Volcano and Tea Plantation Tour

2. 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.

Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Full-Day Furnas Excursion

3. Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Full-Day Furnas Excursion

Depart from Ponta Delgada for a full-day adventure on São Miguel Island. A dip in the Furnas thermal baths is sure to make you forget all your worries. Get a taste of local flavor with a traditional lunch. Take in some great island views and cap off the experience with a visit to Gorreana tea plantations. Following hotel pickup, head to Vila Franca do Campo, the once capital of the island and home to the Azores' best-known sweets and quintessentially magnificent landscapes. The tour then continues to Furnas Valley, with the option of a thermal bath in the morning. Visit the terra nostra botanical garden and soak in the pool and jacuzzis or choose to relax in the natural pools of Poça da Dona Beija. Check out the boilers in the center of the parish. Lunch, served in a local restaurant, will be the famous Cozido das Caldeiras (Furnas stew). Continue on to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint, overlooking the largest and oldest volcanic crater on the island. Descend to the north side of the island, stopping to visit the Gorreana tea plantations with the chance to taste and purchase tea. Stop at the Santa Iria belvedere for more classically Portuguese views of the countryside and the Atlantic before returning to Ponta Delgada.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Full Day Jeep Tour

4. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Full Day Jeep Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Vila Franca do Campo on the south coast of the island to start your adventure around the south side of the island. After exploring Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll head to Lagoa das Furnas. In Lagoa das Furnas, you’ll stop in a local restaurant to try the famous Furnas stew. Furnas stew is a meat stew that is cooked underground. After lunch, you’ll visit the centenary garden Parque Terra Nostra. After visiting Parque Terra Nostra, you’ll get the opportunity to visit Caldeiras das Furnas. The volcanic hot spring pools at Caldeiras das Furnas are unique to the island. Stop at the Pico do Ferro viewing point and take in the views of the island. Before the tour comes to an end, you’ll visit the local tea factory, Gorrena, and stop at the Santa Iria viewing point.

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 (entrance fee not included in the tour). • 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

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Wheelchair Accessible Van Tour

6. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Wheelchair Accessible Van Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Vila Franca do Campo. During your stop at Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll get the chance to see its beaches and inlets. After your stop at Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll visit Lagoa das Furnas. Here you’ll try the famous cozido das Furnas at a local restaurant. Cozido das Furnas is a meat stew that is cooked in the ground, making for a tasty lunch. Visit Parque Terra Nostra, which is a thermal spa and resort. In Furnas, you’ll also visit Caldeiras das Furnas, a complex of volcanic thermal hot springs. Afterwards, head to the Pico do Ferro lookout point for panoramic views of the island. Before the tour comes to an end, you’ll visit the local tea factory, Gorrena, and stop at the Santa Iria viewing point.

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What people are saying about Maia, São Miguel island

Hugo was a wonderful tour guide! He made the tour fun and informative. It was a very small group and friendly. And it included a delicious lunch I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience part of the island! Hugo also picked everyone up at their hotels, which was extremely convenient.

Nuno, our guide, was excellent. Kind, funny, and a true local who imparted all the rich history of the island on the group. He was patient with us, fun, and engaging. We also met other travellers on the trip who we'll remember forever! This expedition was definitely the highlight of our trip.

Well-being at all costs...from a volcanic island springs from the thermal waters: hot, rich in iron, they invite us to become one in order to emerge strengthened and rejuvenated. A unique experience to discover together with the tasting of the local pot au feu cooked with volcanic steam.

Mario our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and geology of São Miguel! He was also very accommodating to each individuals needs within the group and all around exceptionally professional.

Our guide Nuno was very personable and professional. We saw a lot on the tour and he’s clearly passionate about the island and everything it has to offer.