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São Miguel West: Sete Cidades and Fogo Tour with Lunch

1. São Miguel West: Sete Cidades and Fogo Tour with Lunch

First stop of this full-day circuit will be at Pico do Carvão viewpoint, from where we will be able to see the north coast (Ribeira Grande) and south of the island (Ponta Delgada) of São Miguel Island, against the backdrop of a vast expanse of volcanic cones between the incredible Sete Cidades volcano and the majestic 900-meter-high fire volcano. Continuing to one of the most emblematic viewpoints of São Miguel, in the Azores, Vista do Rei, known as the King D. Carlos and Queen D. Amélia. Time to continue your incredible all-day circuit into the massive volcanic interior of the Sete Cidades, considered one of the most incredible locations on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, amid epic paths and flanked slopes of hydrangeas. See for yourself the Santiago Lagoon, located in the Sierra Devassa, deep in a volcanic crater of the Sete Cidades massif, surrounded by verdant mountain cliffs and over different species of fauna and flora. If you have never known what it is like to be inside a volcanic crater, then this is yet another reason to book this incredible full day guided tour of the Seven Cities and the Lagoa do Fogo. Admire the Seven Cities Lagoon at a must-stop on the famous bridge that divides it, in the center of a volcanic crater. Breathe nature in the quiet parish of Sete Cidades and visit São Nicolau church. With a heart purified by nature, time to go to the Escalvado viewpoint, situated on a pyroclastic cliff, where from the top, you can admire the Monasteries and Ferraria, generated by the volcanic force of this area. Lunch break (lunch included). After lunch, time to return to head towards the second highest point of the island of São Miguel, at 900 mts, where is located the viewpoint of Pico da Barrosa, from where you can see the north coast with its city of Ribeira Grande and the city of Ponta Delgada on the south coast of the island, as well as the entire amazing Lagoa do Fogo crater. Going down the north coast, the next stop will be at the Lagoa do Fogo viewpoint. Next up is the Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Center for visiting or bathing in natural hot springs pools. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense). The last stop of your full day tour will be at the Pineapple Plantations to learn the whole process of growing pineapple in greenhouses and see for yourself why pineapple is considered the King fruit in Sao Miguel, and the Azores.

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

2. 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.

São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

3. São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of the western half of São Miguel island on this guided tour by van. Discover the famous crater lakes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, picturesque waterfalls, amazing cliffs, and stunning rock formations around the coast of the island. Start with a visit to Ribeira Grande, one of the most picturesque towns of the Azores, followed by a surprising view of some amazingly beautiful cliffs on the North coast. Then travel to the inner areas of the island to see the gorgeous waterfall of Salto do Cabrito, surrounded by wild vegetation. Drive to the top of Fogo Volcano to enjoy views of the most pristine and magical of the crater lakes of São Miguel. From the top of the mountain, enjoy the stunning views over a large portion of the island. After a tasty meal to restore your energy levels, head to Sete Cidades, to understand why this is considered by the postcard of the Azores. Enjoy views from two completely different perspectives over the famous twin lakes.  End the day in Mosteiros, on the western coast of the island, where the lava rocks have formed enchanting small islets and natural pools.

Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

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

Explore the impressive landscapes and amazing panoramas on a hiking trip to São Miguel. 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.

São Miguel: Half-Day Coast to Coast Buggy Tour

5. São Miguel: Half-Day Coast to Coast Buggy Tour

Explore the northern part of São Miguel, the biggest island in the Azores archipelago. Ride a buggy, with the option to drive if you have a driving license or the guide can drive the buggy for you. This is a fun activity to do by yourself or with someone else.  Travel on thrilling off-road tracks to the most spectacular viewpoints in the region including Miradouro dos Aflitos, Ribeira Grande, Coroa da Mata, Gramas, Ribeiras, and more. Experience the adrenaline as you discover off-the-beaten-path locations and incredible panoramas of the coastline and countryside.

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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What people are saying about Ribeira Grande

Mario is an exceptional guide. He made sure at all times to do his best to ensure we made the best out of the sightseeing and walked the extra mile to make sure we had the best experience. His local knowledge, as well as his friendliness and professionalism made this tour an even better experience than we had expected. Whoever gets Mario next is definitely in for a good treat.

This was the perfect beginning of my solo trip in Sao Miguel, with amazing views, food and company! Our guide Eduardo was the best, shared with us many interesting facts about the island and was always ready to reply to our questions. Would totally recommend

The hiking was great: Into the wild, with wonderful views, comments on flora, and a great guide (Rodrigo, you’re top!). I’d repeat the hike tomorrow :)

Very nice tour. Guide Eduardo is excellent. Very recommend this tour .

Magnificent performance… the circuit was perfectly built…