São Miguel Island
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Our most recommended São Miguel Island Jeep & 4WD Tours

Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

1. Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

Set off on a full-day adventure to discover the island of Sao Miguel in a 4x4 vehicle. With private tour that can be fully customized, you decide what to do and when. Explore the craters of Sete Cidades, visit the romantic town of Furnas, or discover Lagoa do Fogo. Get picked up from your hotel by your driver/guide to start this incredible experience. A number of itineraries are available that you can discuss with the driver on the day of your tour. Choose to visit the parishes around Sete Cidades, to discover the lakes, craters, and hot springs around the area.  Alternatively, head in the direction of Furnas and take a tour of the most beautiful town on the island. See fumaroles and hot springs as you admire the lush vegetation around Furnas lake. Take a short hike if you wish, and see how traditional pottery is made locally.   If you love nature then choose to discover the two biggest lakes on Sao Miguel, Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Admire the blue waters and stop at Caldeira Velha to enjoy a swim in a naturally-heated waterfall. Explore a 4x4 trail to another waterfall, and take a short hike if you like. Witness volcanic activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras.

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Azores: Sete Cidades Scenic 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Azores: Sete Cidades Scenic 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

Get off the usual tourist trail on a 3-hour 4WD tour of the Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) region of the Azores island of São Miguel, departing from Ponta Delgada. Traveling by 4WD vehicle, you will experience the dramatic scenery of the volcanic crater and its flora and fauna in a more immersive fashion. Drive to the mountain top to look down on the 2 impressive lakes of the caldera (basin), one with blue water (Lagoa Azul) and the other of green water (Lagoa Verde). Along the way, take in many other picturesque spots of São Miguel, including the peaceful lakes of Lagoa das Empadadas, Lagoa de Santiago, and Lagoa do Carvão. Enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, volcanic cones, and stretches of green, and go to villages that have played a vital role in the story of the island.

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Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

3. Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

On this full-day tour, visit the Sete Cidades Massif, a field of alkali-basalt cinder cones and lava flows, and an area very popular for its lakes and surrounding hills. Departing from Ponta Delgada, travel up the mountain top that forms the caldera of a volcano where the lakes are located. Additionally, you will visit Empadadas and Carvão lakes, which will give you the opportunity to admire the beauty of untouched nature. Learn more about how volcanic activity formed the landscape. At lunchtime, stop off at a typical restaurant in the village of Sete CIdades, where you will eat a traditional meal. Then continue on, passing Vista do Rei, one of the island's top tourist destinations. Next, head to the Mosteiros, famous for its natural swimming pools, fishing harbor, and sandy beach of black basalt. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, you will also see the hot bathing spots caused by fumaroles on the coast.

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Sao Miguel: Half-Day Furnas, Sete Cidades or Fogo Lake

4. Sao Miguel: Half-Day Furnas, Sete Cidades or Fogo Lake

Once you are picked up at your hotel, get ready for a half-day of exploring. You can choose from three tour options, each with its own destination: Sete Cidades, Furnas or Lagoa do Fogo. Half-day tour to Sete Cidades After exploring several lakes around the area, hop on an all-terrain ride for travel along the craters of Sete Cidades. Visit the small local parish. Half-day tour to Furnas Meet the most romantic town in Portugal. In Furnas, hot spring water is neighbor to the fresh spring water inside a volcano. See vegetation and fumaroles competing. Enjoy Furnas lake shore (a small trail hike can be included if wanted) and see how a traditional Portuguese plate is done in Furnas. Half-day tour to Lagoa do Fogo Enjoy the natural blue hue of the natural reserve, Fogo Lake. Visit the Caldeira Velha with its hot waterfall and natural pool for swimming. Explore a 4WD trail to a fresh water waterfall (a small trail hike can be included if wanted). Witness evidence of volcano activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras.

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

5. 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.

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

6. 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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Sete Cidades: Half-Day Off-Road Jeep Tour

7. Sete Cidades: Half-Day Off-Road Jeep Tour

Marvel at the natural beauty of the lakes, volcanic structures, and mountains in Sete Cidades on this half-day off-road guided Jeep tour on São Miguel Island. Feel secure traveling in a Jeep Land Rover that’s properly equipped for off-road travels. Experience the following points of interest on this tour: • Cumeeiras Viewpoint • Muro das Nove Janelas • Lagoa de Santiago • Vista do Rei Viewpoint • Ponte Dos Regos • Sete Cidades Lake

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Azores Full-Day Jeep Tour from Ponta Delgada

8. Azores Full-Day Jeep Tour from Ponta Delgada

The full-day Sete Cidades tour will explore several lakes around the area by Jeep, moving along the craters of Sete Cidades, and a visit to the small parish. From there you will continue to the seashore, to witness the volcanic wonders of hot seawater (lunch included). The full-day Furnas tour will show you the most romantic town in all Portugal. In Furnas, hot spring water sits alongside cool spring water, and you can see inside a volcano, where vegetation and fumaroles compete. Enjoy the Furnas lake shore, where a small hiking trail can be included if agreed, and see how a traditional Portuguese meal is made, before eating it for lunch. Finally enjoy a relaxing thermal pool bath and finish the day with a cup of tea at the tea factory in Gorreana. On the full-day Nordeste option, experience waterfalls, enjoy stunning sea views, and feel the full force of Azores nature. You will visit a small parish and enjoy local food, before finishing the day with a cup of tea at the tea factory in Gorreana.

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Full-Day Furnas Azores 4x4 Tour from Ponta Delgada

9. Full-Day Furnas Azores 4x4 Tour from Ponta Delgada

Travel from Ponta Delgada to Furnas Azores on a full-day 4x4 tour on the island of São Miguel. Furnas Azores has a history of volcanic activity that has left behind a legacy of particularly impressive natural geysers, hot springs, calderas, and fumaroles. Along the way, you will visit a number of locations with stunning landscapes and unique and intriguing features, such as Vila Franca do Campo, where you can see the famous islet, a tea factory, and views from various spots. Upon arriving at Furnas Azores, admire the lake and its geysers, which are surrounded by lush nature.

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Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

10. 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.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 135 reviews

Wow what a memorable tour this was! We cannot stop talking about it. Our guide Joao (John) was something else. He fluently speaks 6 languages, very professional, knowledgeable and funny! Not only he showed us the main sites but he also took us off the beaten track! I definitely recommend this tour 100%. Will be back next year and go on another trip with Joao.

We had a excellent guide, Felipe, who showed us amazing spots of the island and gave us very detaied explanations about the fauna, flora and history of the island. It was the best guide we had in our tour through Açores islands.

amazing experience with a passionate guide that went out of his way to show us all the beautiful secrets of the island , and gave as an impromptu geography lesson of the azores... amazing stuff

The tour was great but you will need additional 25 Euros for entry/lunch fees. It should be made clear in the tour description. The guide was friendly and very knowledgeable.

Hugo IS the G.O.A.T! Friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. Would recommend his tour to anyone visiting.