Nordeste
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Sao Miguel: Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

1. Sao Miguel: Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

Discover the diverse green vegetation, clear and fresh waterfalls and old water mills on this adventurous canyoning tour through the forest. Unless you choose the option with pickup from Ponta Delgada, your adventure starts at Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, one of the most popular natural areas in the Nordeste region.  The activity starts with you picking up your safety equipment, followed by a short walk of about 20 minutes. Once at the entry point to the stream, listen to a safety briefing.  Along the route there will be vertical challenges at waterfalls, which you will combat with the technique of abseiling. The highest waterfall is 8 meters in height. In between there are short walking sections, as well as a more playful area with a slide and jump of about 5 meters.

Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

Start the tour by leaving Ponta Delgada and traveling towards the north coast. Make the first stop at Ribeira dos Caldeirões in the municipality of Nordeste. See the beautiful waterfall, known as Véu da Noiva, and the surrounding watermills and gardens. Pass through picturesque villages as you travel on towards the wonderful viewpoints of Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada, on the eastern tip of the island. View the beautiful lighthouse from the top of the cliff. Stop for lunch which will be served in the village of Povoação, the oldest settlement on the island. In the afternoon, relax near the sea or explore the historic center of Povoação. Return to Ponta Delgada along the south coast, passing by Furnas Lake and Vila Franca do Campo.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Nordeste & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

3. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Nordeste & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

Taking the road that travels along the North coast reach Nordeste, usually referred as the 10th island for its remoteness, and the oldest geological part of São Miguel. Mountains, woods, waterfalls, belvederes that rise over the sea, beautiful villages, and a multitude of flowers mark this area. It is possible to find genuine handicrafts and delicious gastronomy here which you can see and taste at your stop in Nordeste village. After lunch continue the tour around the east part of the island until you reach the village of Povoação, the place where the first settlers set foot on the island. Finish the day with a stop at Salto do Cavalo belvedere.

Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

4. 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.

From Ponta Delgada: Azores Northeast Full-Day Tour

5. From Ponta Delgada: Azores Northeast Full-Day Tour

Traveling from Ponta Delgada towards Nordeste village, a circuit is made by the north coast of the island. Your first stop will be at Ribeira grande along with Ribeira dos Caldeirões and Natural Park. Here, you can visit a watermill, several waterfalls and a souvenir store. Continuing the tour, stop at the viewpoint Vista dos Barcos, where you can observe the most Eastern point of the island Ponta do Arnel, a lighthouse and small fishing port. Visit the viewpoint of Ponta do Sossego, a garden full of various flowers overlooking the sea and mountains. Next stop, Ponta da Madruga viewpoint, another location with a unique view of the island, where many people enjoy their summer dawns to watch the sun rise from the ocean. Continue through the south coast to Povoação village, first populated on the island by the year of 1432. Stop for lunch with a menu of your choice. After lunch, visit a garden and proceed to Ponta Delgada through the south coast, passing by Furnas and Vila Franca do Campo village and Lagoa city.

Full-Day Sete Cidades & Ferraria from Ponta Delgada

6. Full-Day Sete Cidades & Ferraria from Ponta Delgada

Set in the middle of a 3-mile (5-km) wide volcanic crater, Sete Cidades’ forest-blanketed slopes and lake scattered valleys are the ideal place for an off-road adventure. Explore the area with a local guide and make a special trip to Ponta da Ferraria, where thermal pools offer unique swimming chances (optional).

From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste Full Day Jeep Tour

7. From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste Full Day Jeep Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Nordeste for a full-day jeep tour of the region. Stop at Sallto do Cavalo viewing point. The lookout point provides views of the north-eastern side of the island, the Furnas Valley, and the coastline. After your stop at Sallto do Cavalo viewpoint, you’ll head to the Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões. Located on the the slopes of Serra da Tronqueira, Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões follows the Ribeira dos Caldeirões water stream. Here you’ll see an abundance of local flora, including ferns and cedar trees. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant located in a Nordeste village. After lunch, you’ll stop at Serra da Tronqueira, where you’ll have panoramic views of the island. Visit Povoação, which was the first populated village on the island. After your visit, stop at Vila Franca do Campo, which is known for its beach inlets.

From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste 4x4 Guided Day Trip & Lunch

8. From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste 4x4 Guided Day Trip & Lunch

Join your guide as they pick you up from your Ponta Delgada hotel at 9am. You will hop into an off road-capable 4×4 and head out into the northeast countryside, winding along dusty roads that lead to the ‘priolo’ (bullfinch) habitat and into the most well-preserved area for endemic species. Hear about the island’s geologic history. Later, see the Neo-Gothic features of the Ponta Delgada’s historic parish before grabbing lunch at a locally loved restaurant. The restaurant has typical Azorean food (similar to Mediterranean cuisine) and several options between fish and meat, stew, and grilled foods. In the afternoon, your tour heads to the rugged headlands and rocky shorelines to witness waterfalls, enjoy the views of the sea, and experience nature’s force in the Azores. As we head back to your hotel, we will stop at the tea factory and enjoy a cup of tea.

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What people are saying about Nordeste

The tour was well timed at 3 hours. The guides were very nice and funny. You definitely had fun. The following applies here: everything is possible, nothing is mandatory. There is always a second way if you don't want to jump into the water without anything else! Definitely worth an experience!

I absolutely LOVE IT! It was easier than I thought, but still so so much fun!! I would do it again yesterday. There is another site which is intermediate and I think I will do it next. If you are un sure, do it!!

Highly recommended. They explain everything perfectly and you can do it even if you have never done it before. You enjoy nature from another point of view.

our guides were very helpful especially for those of us (me) who were having a harder time with not being scared

Very nice excursion Marco our guide was very interesting and passionate, taught us a lot about the Azores