Ribeira Grande Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Ribeira Grande Family-friendly activities

Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

1. Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

Relax and disconnect in a beautiful setting in this morning canyoning adventure in Salto do Cabrito. Explore the natural side of São Miguel Island hiking and canyoning through lush forests and cool streams.  Meet the guide in central Ponta Delgada or arrange pick up from your accommodation and travel in an air-conditioned van 20 minutes to Salto do Cabrito. Hike 30 minutes to the stream where an experienced guide will give a security briefing and distribute all the equipment needed for the activity. Once suited and ready to go, spend a few hours exploring the pools and waterfalls. For those who dare, there will be an opportunity to finish the tour with a 4-meter jump. A zipline is also available for those who'd prefer flying to jumping.

Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

2. Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

Whether you're an experienced traveler or first-time adventurer, have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a canyoning adventure in Ribeira da Salga. Visit one of the most astonishing places in the northeast part of the island of Sao Miguel, located between Lomba de S.Pedro and Salga parishes. Start your adventure with a quick security briefing and equipment distribution.  Afterward take a half-hour hike towards the location where you'll be able to jump, slide, and rappel down gorgeous water streams into crystal-clear natural pools. The highest rappel can go up to 16 meters, and the highest jump up to around 8 meters. If you are uncomfortable about jumping other options are available.

From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo & Hot Springs Day Trip

3. From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo & Hot Springs Day Trip

Explore the beauty of the Lagoa do Fogo crater lake on this day trip from Ponta Delgada. Search for local treasures at a pottery factory, have free time to enjoy the Caldeira Velha Hot Springs, visit a local tea plantation, and capture pictures of the coast from points with sweeping views.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation Ponta Delgada in the morning and board an airconditioned van. Sit back and relax on the drive to a local pottery factory. View a colorful assortment of pots, cups, tiles, and plates at the Cerâmica Vieira pottery factory.  Travel to the Lagoa do Fogo crater lake that is nestled into the Água de Pau Massif stratovolcano. Take in its verdant shores and turquoise waters. Head to the hot springs of Caldeira Velha for an hour of free time where you can purchase a ticket to soak in the waters of the hot springs. Get some recommendations on where to purchase lunch from your guide before taking a meal break. After lunch make a stop at Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe. Admire the lush green layered crops before continuing to 4 viewpoints where you can take pictures of the highlands and the coast. 

Private 'Sao Miguel Highlights' Tour for groups up to 8

4. Private 'Sao Miguel Highlights' Tour for groups up to 8

Experience the beautiful island of São Miguel on an intimate private tour for just you and your group. Be joined by friends or family on a fascinating adventure through mystifying lagoons, mighty waterfalls, and relaxing hot springs. Enjoy a quiet stroll around the oldest tea plantation in Europe. After being picked up from your Ponta Delgada hotel, head toward the world-famous Sete Cidades lagoon, formed by a crater. Take in panoramic views of the site from Vista do Rei viewpoint, then stop by the lagoon and buy a cup of coffee if you wish to. Drive over to the central part of the island. Enjoy the chance to purchase lunch at Ribeira Grande, the second biggest city in São Miguel, then visit Gorreana Plantation to walk around the ancient tea fields. Move on to the striking Salto do Cabrito waterfalls and become surrounded by an inspiring natural landscape. Up next, arrive at Caldeira Velha hot springs, where a hot waterfall connects with a pond, providing stunning scenery for a relaxing time. End your trip with a stop at Lagoa do Fogo, the highest lagoon on the island at more than 500 meters in height, then be transported back to your hotel. Mix and match all of these amazing locations on the island and let us help you create an unforgetable journey, customized especially for you.

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What people are saying about Ribeira Grande

From start to finish, the experience was so much fun! You will start by gearing up into a wetsuit and harness and then head off for a 30 minute hike to reach the waterfalls. Though the wetsuit is a bit heavy for the hike, it helps a lot as it protects you from the vegetation and allows you to slide on your bottom if you prefer for any steep parts. Over the course of the next few hours, it’s a mix of jumps, rappels and walking through the river. The vegetation is stunning and you feel like you are in an oasis. We always felt safe and at ease to go at our own pace and choose which way we felt most comfortable going down. They also take pictures and video of you so you can just enjoy the experience. The guides were fantastic and really nice and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend if you are up for an adventure and some thrills!

I can’t recommend this experience enough. The trip was smooth start to finish. Our guides we friendly, professional, welcoming, informative and most importantly a lot of fun! We had a great relationship with our guides which made the experience even more enjoyable. It was clear they are passionate about their job and delivering the best possible experience to clients. We felt safe at all times. It is not hugely challenging which makes this a great entry level for anyone who has not done canyoning before but want to be deep in nature and the waterfalls. This trip will certainly get you into the heart of the river and give you amazing views. Would book again! Thank you for an amazing trip

Quite an experience, at least for us newbies! Super experienced and calm guides who helped a lot to overcome us! It is important to be in good physical condition and enjoy adventure!

Es una experiencia muy divertida y no hay peligro. La puede hacer cualquier persona. Los monitores fueron súper majos. Repetiríamos sin duda alguna

We had soo much fun exploring with our excellent guides!