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São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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.

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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 stop will be made at Pico de Ferro’s viewpoint. Arriving in Furnas Village you will see some volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles. You will then be able to have some lunch and eat the delicious famous Cozido das Furnas (or Furnas Stew), a gastronomic dish of Azores. After lunch, a stop in the Furnas Lake to see how the famous stew is cooked, then take a walk near the beautiful lake. Returning to Ponta Delgada and passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel, located in the south coast, a last stop will be made at Ermida da Nossa Senhora Paz to enjoy the view to the famous Ilheú da Vila Franca. The tour will finish at your hotel or at the harbor.

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Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Furnas & Fire Lake Tour

3. 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, the Poca da Dona Beija, Beatriz owner of the Garden, the fumaroles, springs hot and not only, as well as their delicacies cooked on volcanic soil that appears at high temperatures, allowing cooking in the same soil. When moving to the Furnas, have the opportunity to visit also the Vila Franca do Campo, highlights of Ilheu and Chapel of Our Lady of Peace, on the way from the town center of Furnas. Furnas Lagoon is a mandatory stop, due to its surroundings and natural beauty and there, the ritual removal of cooked Furnas. Follow a path to the town center, where an Inn offers numerous flavors, sensations, from its sources, its gastronomy and all its natural beauty, that mother nature offers. Furnas, through the Iron Peak Lookout is the next stop, the route where a local manufacture processes tea in the factory, and the cha Black and cha Green are a delight for lovers. The Sta Iria viewpoint, point of interesting landscape and history, which provide a nice view of the northern coast and on the three main mountains of the island of Sao Miguel, being your last stop before returning to Ponta Delgada.

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Azores: The Blue and Green Lake Sightseeing Tour

4. Azores: The Blue and Green Lake Sightseeing Tour

In Seven Cities have as a highlight, the King View, which offers a panoramic view of the Seven Cities Lake, where you can see the Green and the Blue Lagoon and around the crater of the volcano of the Seven cities, and this place one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Had been, also to know other places of great interest Tourist such as the Lagoa do Canario, Lagoa Santiago and Mosteiros. The Fire Lake, it is a Lake of very blue waters, surrounded by a dense and lush vegetation endemic, being the highest lagoon of the island of Sao Miguel (Situated in the Pico da Barrosa placed on 937m) On reaching the town of Ribeira Grande, we have to highlight the architecture of the Island Sao Miguel and the city of  Ribeira Grande, pass by Viewpoint to overlooks part of the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel and we have the opportunity to taste some traditional liquors. After you will stop in the natural park of the Caldeira Velha, which offers visitors a relaxing stroll, having a 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 waterfall. At the end of this tour, you have the opportunity to visit the pinneapple plantation in a parish village Faja de baixo (Local unique in Europe, with the cultivation of pineapple).

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São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

5. São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

The day begins with a pick up from your hotel or accommodation to visit a traditional pineapple plantation. See biological culture developed in greenhouses where it is possible to taste the pineapple's liquor. The journey continues on the west coast of the island, where you will enjoy the view over the newest and narrowest part of São Miguel and both coasts from the Pico de Carvão‘s viewpoint. Surrounded by the greenest vegetation, you will find in Vista do Rei's viewpoint the Sete Cidades volcanic complex. From here, you will see the famous blue and green twin lakes, as well as Santiago's lake, as viewed from the crater. A stop will be made in the picturesque Sete Cidades town where lunch will be served in a regional restaurant. In the afternoon, the tour goes along the coast enjoying the western landscape to arrive at Capelas, an ancient whaling village. Another stop at Pedras Negras‘s viewpoint to see the northern coast of the island. Continuing on the north coast, you will stop to visit the Ribeira Grande city and its historic center. As well, you will go to the Regional Liquor’s Factory and taste a variety of liquors. After that, visit Caldeira Velha, a natural reserve, to take an optional bath and enjoy the warm water from a waterfall. The last stop will be to take a look over the fantastic Lagoa do Fogo. Returning to Ponta Delgada going down by Pico da Barrosa, you will once more have the stunning view over the newest and narrowest part of the island.

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Azores: Explore Sao Miguel in 2 Days

6. 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 up from the volcanic soil. Cooked by the natural volcanic heat, is a traditional Portuguese stew with all the ingredients that characterize this typical dish. After lunch, head to the Nordeste is a village situated on the north-east of the Island, is often referred to as the most beautiful of the amazing São Miguel Island, the region is also famous for its lovely gardens and the flowered streets and roads, filled with natural beauty and an exuberant vegetation. On returning to Ponta Delgada will be made again for the north coast of the island especially the visit to Tea plantation and factory from where it had to know the entire process and elaboration of Azorean Tea it is the only place in Europe where you can see a tea factory and tea plantation.

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São Miguel Island: Full-Day Off-Road Island Tour

7. São Miguel Island: Full-Day Off-Road Island Tour

Start your Land Rover tour in the southeastern part of the island in the volcanic area of Sete Cidades.After the pick up in you accomodation in Ponta Delgada you´ll be driven to the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades and their beautifull lakes. From Lagoa das Empadadas, to Cumeeira Grande, Muro das Nove das Janelas, Sete Cidades village, and the Vista do Rei viewpoint, your tour is full of exciting views. After lunch, served in a local restaurant, drive toward the Fogo complex and visit Pico da Barrosa, the Lagoa do Fogo viewpoint, the Caldeira Velha thermal baths, Salto do Cabrito and Ribeira Grande city. Drop off in your accomodation is included on this tour.

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São Miguel: Blue and Green Lakes Tour for Cruise Passengers

8. São Miguel: Blue and Green Lakes Tour for Cruise Passengers

Take part in an amazing full-day shore excursion exploring Azore's nature. Enjoy a combined tour leading you to the breathtaking views of Sete Cidades volcano and the mysterious beauty of Lagoa do Fogo & Caldeira Velha Natural Park and Thermal Pool. Begin following the southern coast of Ponta Delgada towards the Pico do Carvão viewpoint. Witness beautiful scenery and admire the North and South Coasts. From the Canary Lake viewpoint, the first view to the Seven Cities Volcano and the majestic mountains that form the crater rim awaits you. Hit the road towards the Vista do Rei viewpoint. Drive into the interior of the volcano admiring the winding road that leads to the peaceful Sete Cidades parish, stopping at Pico das Freiras viewpoint for another beautiful landscape image. A pause on Seven Cities parish to breathe the fresh air of a place giving a sense of peace. Stop in Ribeira Grande Town. Explore the charming city center and take part in a free taste of traditional liquors. Start the ascent to Lagoa do Fogo Volcano, a leisure stop to explore Caldeira Velha Natural Park & Thermal Pool. Discover the thermal pools, and hot springs, naturally heated by the heat. A beautiful warm waterfall flowing to a natural swimming pool. See lush tropical vegetation and have access to the interpretation center. The perfect occasion to have a thermal experience to complete a perfect day. Admire the stunning view from Lagoa do Fogo's viewpoint, for the first time, this viewpoint reveals his mystic, mysterious, and magnificent turquoise waters lake. Last stop at Pico da Barrosa at 850 meters above the ocean for a view of most of the western part of São Miguel island. Contemplate the magnificent road surrounded by hydrangeas, Plantains, azaleas, and other flowers of the Azores. Begin your descent to the south coast, direction to Ponta Delgada/cruise ship harbor.

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From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour of Lagoa do Fogo

9. From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour of Lagoa do Fogo

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Pico da Barrosa. At Pico da Barrosa, you’ll be able to see views of the entire island including, Lagoa do Fogo. See Lagoa do Fogo, a crater lake located in the middle of the island. See the Interpretation Center of Caldeira Velha, a structure dedicated to the promotion of natural heritage. Take in the beauty of the Salto Do Cabrito waterfall and Ribeira Grand located on the northern part of the island.

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What people are saying about Ribeira Grande

Had a wonderful day with an expert guide , Filipe, who was very well informed. Provided a lot of information on everything from political, cultural history to geological history. So interesting and done in an entertaining way. We covered a lot of ground without feeling rushed. Overall very well organized and thought out. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Obrigada Filipe!!

Great tour of the west and middle part of the island , the guide was very knowledgeable, and we visited the highlights of the Sao Miguel, the only downside was that we didn't get to swim in the thermal baths which we were under the impression that it was part of the tour, we still visited the sight though and got to see the amazing place

We had an amazing day. Our guide, Mario, was lovely, patient, well informed and a pleasure to spend the day with. All the island highlights are included in the tour, you get a really good feel for the place when you are only on the island for a short time. Well worth the long day!

We was very small group, only 6. The weather was cloudy and windy, but the nature very beautiful. We saw many beautiful places, listened many interesting stories and eat tasty lunch. Our guide Johan very friendly and kind man, can talk about Azorez all day.

Our guide Migel, was exceptional. Yes, we had some great things to see which were great, but his perspective and humor for me atleast, made it a great trip.