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São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

1. 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.

Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Full-Day Tour with Lunch

2. Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Explore the volcanic landscape of the Sete Cidades, and the mountain scenery of the Lagoa do Fogo on a full-day sightseeing tour from Punta Delgada. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive along a scenic road to the Vista do Rei viewpoint. Enjoy panoramic views of the blue and green waters of the two lakes in the crater of the Sete Cidades. Then, continue to different viewpoints before getting close to the banks of the twin lakes. Go to the Mata do Canário, and marvel at the unique flora of the natural park. Drive along the Pico do Carvão road past numerous small lakes, including the “Empadas Lakes.” Get multiple perspectives of the north and south shores of the island of São Miguel. Break for a lunch of typical Azorean food in a local restaurant in the city of Lagoa. Next, explore the city of Ribeira Grande with its unique historic center that dates from the 17th to 19th centuries. Ascend the Pico da Barrosa mountain at the end of your tour and discover the protected natural landscape of the Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). Marvel at the thermal pools, waterfalls, and different types of endangered plants of the area, before your return transfer to Ponta Delgada and a drop-off at your hotel.

Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

3. 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 Ribeira Grande

*Review was made incorrectly earlier, cannot trust phone * Pre Azores is amazing! we booked 2 trips with them and met with Phillip and Juan. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. They explained to us very well on each locations that we went, history of azores islands and also giving us lots of tips during our stay…. i can only use these two words to say about them: Helpful and Friendly!! Thank you again for your hospitality.. we have a wonderful and amazing stay in St miguel…. i am hoping to cross paths with you again….

From start to finish could not recommend this trip more! Fernando was so enjoyable and informative about the island I wish I was staying longer just to do the other side of the island tour with him. I felt like I saw all the key points on the west side without feeling rushed but time also flew by because of how amazing it was. Highly recommend!

Easy way to see the highlights on the western side of the island and to find more interesting places to visit on our own. Our guide, Eduardo, was knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful. Lunch was good.

Really enjoyed my trip with Manuel! Went to a beach, coastal viewpoint, waterfall, two lakes and even had time for swimming. Would highly recommend

Joao was excellent, helpful, commited and dedicated to show us a great day