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São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Starting through Ponta Delgada, along Avenida do Mar, following the beaches of Água D´Alto, until we reach the first capital of the island, Vila Franca do Campo, stopping at the viewpoint of Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo where we can see its incredible islet, the result of an underwater volcanic eruption and where the Red Bull Cliff Diving has been running for 3 years, now; After this short break, we will continue our trip through the center of the village to the marina of Vila Franca, where we will also visit the factory of the famous Vila Franca do Campo custard factory; Time to drive to the bucolic Lagoa das Furnas (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense), area where the famous “Cozido das Furnas” is cooked in volcanic soil for 6 hours, and here we can observe the removal of the pots from the volcanic ground by local restaurants. We will also visit the various fumaroles and boilers from that area; Back on the road and towards the parish of Furnas you can optionally relax in pools of hot springs, over 30 degrees, that spur incessantly from railway springs. This is an experience of thermal charisma, with the option of the client and alternative, between Poça da Dona Beija) and the pools of Parque Terra Nostra, where in addition to being able to swim, you can also visit its amazing Botanical Garden Terra Nostra Park, considered one of the best and largest in Europe. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense); Lunch Break (Lunch included) After lunch, a pedestrian visit to the Garden of Quenturas, Poça da Dona Silvina and the center of the parish of Furnas to visit its various fumaroles, boilers and taste some mineral springs there. The visit in the center of the parish of Furnas will be complemented with a taste of local liqueurs; Driven north of the Island, next stop will be at the imposing Pico do Ferro viewpoint, where you can see the magnitude of the Furnas volcanic crater and her lake; Continuing the trip, next stop is the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park, one of the most visited areas in the Nordeste area, with its 5 Watermills and her amazing waterfall; The last stop of the day, will be the tea route, until the tea plantations and their factories. A view of the splendid bay, a magnificent garden and a smiling welcome for a tea tasting at the Gorreana Tea Factory or Porto Formoso Tea Factory.

Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

Explore one of the largest lakes in the Azores on a 3-hour tour of the Lagoa do Fogo by 4WD vehicle. After hotel pickup, first, stop at Pico da Barrosa viewpoint and enjoy panoramic views of Lagoa do Fogo. Surrounded by native trees and beautiful flowers, the lake is best accessed and appreciated by off-road vehicles, getting you to more remote and picturesque areas. During the tour, you will stop at a variety of interesting locations en route, with highlights including the Calderas of Ribeira Grande. See the fumaroles, geysers and a wonderful waterfall of the warm, iron water. Finally, visit the city of Ribeira Grande and taste local liqueurs.

Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

3. Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

Explore the impressive landscapes and amazing panoramas on a hiking trip to São Miguel. Bathe in the natural pools in the stunning Lagoon of Lagoa do Fogo. Start your trail on a short dirt road, that will lead you to Lagoa do Fogo. Bathe in the pools of Lagoa, in the thermal baths of Caldeira Velha, or in the grandiose waterfall of Salto do Cabrito. Get stunning panoramic views of Lago do Fogo and the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel while traveling along “Cumeeira Norte”. Pass through several small streams surrounded by incredibly green and untouched forests, before reaching the characteristic pumice-stone beach of the lagoon. Enjoy a pleasant picnic lunch of regional products. Return to the starting point while enjoying another perspective of the south coast and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the bathing zone of Caloura, or Agua D’Alto Beach, where you can practice snorkeling.

Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

4. Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

Meet with your tour guide at 2:00pm at the tourist office in Ponta Delgada in the city center. You will be briefed with great information about the history of Ponta Delgada, to provide you with some context to what you will be about to see. The iconic monument of Portas da Cidade will be how you begin learning about the many facets of Ponta Delgada over the centuries. The Mother Church of Sao Sebastiao is next, which is one of the oldest and most important buildings in town. You will then ease along the picturesque cobblestone streets of the city center, while the tour guide provides great information along the way. Uncover some of the best works of art that are present in Ponta Delgada, some of which are easily missed by tourists. You will then advance to visit the exquisitely designed botanical garden of Santana, home of many peculiar tree species. You can enter a normally inaccessible area of Igreja do Santo Cristo, and get up-close with the statue that began the largest religious procession in all of Portugal.

Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

5. Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in history on this walking tour of the beautiful Ponta Delgada. You will meet your guide at Portas da Cidade, the 18th-century city gate located right next to the quay.  Your guide will take you back through the history of the town, which started as a fishing village in the 15th century, was later plundered by pirates and corsairs, and saw many naval wars and battles. Discover what drew renowned poets, famous sculptors, and prominent politicians to this small seaside town. Walk along the charming narrow streets, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the people who lived there.

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. 

Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

7. Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

The Nordeste is one of the lesser-known destinations of Portugal, yet it remains one of the most beautiful areas of São Miguel Island. Spend a day exploring the area in a 4x4, traveling along the coast to Ribeira Grande and Porto Formoso, among others. The the 4x4 will climb to one of the highest peaks on the island: the Pico Bartolomeu. From here, you can see the highest mountain on the island, the Pico da Vara. After marveling at the sight, drive along the famous Tronqueira Mountain Trail to one of the oldest parts of the island, ending in Povoação Village.

Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

8. Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

Take in stunning panoramic views over a few different lakes as you embark on a half-day hike. Explore Sete Cidades lake, Canário lake, Empadadas and more along the way. Learn about local geology, history, culture and discover the hydrographic basin of Sete Cidades volcanic complex. Along the trail, you will come across numerous lakes, with different characteristics and it is here that we find the highest point of Sete Cidades, Pico das Éguas. Get a briefing next to Lagoa do Canário and follow the trail and enjoy Lagoa das Éguas, Pico das Éguas and Lagoa Rasa. Hear about the importance of watercourses for the municipality of Ponta Delgada and the endemic vegetation that exists in this place from your guide. Pass by Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno viewpoint and discover interesting facts about the Caldera of Sete Cidades and the lagoons that compose it. Have you heard about the legend of Sete Cidades lake? On this walk, you will also have the opportunity to stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint, probably the most famous in this municipality.

From Ponta Delgada: São Roque-Praia do Pópulo Minibus Tour

9. From Ponta Delgada: São Roque-Praia do Pópulo Minibus Tour

Start the tour by arriving at the meeting point in Ponta Delgada where you will board a comfortable convertible minibus. From here, set off on a scenic ride along the coast towards the small parish of São Roque. First, admire the spectacular dark sand beach and listen as your guide explains the volcanic activity of the island. Make a stop at Forte São Caetano and learn a bit more about the history of the area.  Then, return to the city and head into the newly developed area, admiring the architecture and stunning coastal views. Enjoy a tour of the main monuments, churches, and beaches discovering a bit more about the region's culture. Finish the tour with a drive along the main avenue of the city, Avenida João Bosco Mota Amaral. Finally, return to Ponta Delgada where your tour concludes at the meeting point.

São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

10. São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

You’ll travel along many secondary roads, as you explore São Miguel on the way to Furnas. Pass small villages on the southern coastal road before stopping at the Nossa Senhora da Paz chapel for the scenic views over Vila Franca do Campo, the island’s first capital. Be sure to bring a swimsuit on this full-day 4WD tour to enjoy the thermal waters at Poça da Dona Beija. Dona Beija is part of a series of iron-rich hot springs warmed by the volcanic activity that is part of the history of the Furnas Valley. The springs arise from underground thermal aquifers that are in permanent contact with rocks subjected to high temperatures. The average temperature of the water is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy cozido for lunch, a typical stew-like dish that is cooked for 6-8 hours in the hot springs. After visiting the many hot springs and fumeroles in the Furnas Valley you’ll stop at Pico do Ferro for an overview of the Furnas Crater. Returning along the northern shore, you’ll stop to unwind at a tea plantation. Take a short tour of the factory and sample some of the island’s tea.

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What people are saying about Ponta Delgada

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4.8 / 5

based on 342 reviews

João gave our small group of 6 an excellent tour of Furnas and the north west of São Miguel. We stopped briefly in Vila Franca do Campo before driving on to the amazing village of Furnas which sits on the floor of a huge caldera, along with Furnas Lake. There is a lot of volcanic activity in Furnas, and we saw many fumaroles, including those used for cooking the famous Furnas stew, tasted naturally carbonated mineral water, and visited the botanical garden and thermal pool at Parque Terra Nostra, where we had a relaxing dip in the very hot, very iron-rich water. After leaving Furnas we visited other great lookout points and a local tea plantation and factory.

Rodrigo knows his way around the trails at Lagoa do Fogo! Intermediate hike - took us 5 hours from car and back. Beautiful hike up through beautiful Azores nature, sea gull valley (reminded me of Jurassic park) and up to lake and onward to summit. The views spectacular of the lake and island. Went for a dip in the ocean. Thank you!!

Our tour guide Miguel was excellent. Took us to some amazing sights and really knew the locations well. Good city background and lots of information from a locals perspective with good food recommendations. Recommend anyone to book this tour with him. Excellent!

We had a great time with Hugo! He was a safe and responsible driver and shared a lot about the Azores, showing us hidden gems around the island we never would have found ourselves. Thanks Hugo!

Great tour, Joao was very knowledgeable and offered a great background into this history of the Azores and Ponta Delgada.