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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.

São Miguel West: Sete Cidades and Fogo Tour with Lunch

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

Your first stop on this full-day circuit will be at Pico do Carvão viewpoint. From here you'll 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. 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. 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 meters, where the Pico da Barrosa viewpoint is located. From here 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.

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.

From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day Guided Trip

4. From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day Guided Trip

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.

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day 4x4 Sete Cidades Trip

5. Ponta Delgada: Half-Day 4x4 Sete Cidades Trip

Once you are picked up at your hotel, get ready for a half-day of exploring. Cruise along the forested floor of a massive volcanic crater as you explore Sete Cidades with an experienced local guide. In a rugged 4×4 vehicle, ride between sparkling lakes and bounce down dirt roads that lead to sweeping viewpoints of this stunning and dramatic landscape.

São Miguel: Half-Day Coast to Coast Buggy Tour (shared)

6. São Miguel: Half-Day Coast to Coast Buggy Tour (shared)

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.

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It was an absolutely beautiful tour. Our guide Fernando knows the island so well that he knew to rearrange our day according to the weather. Because of that we got some amazing views that others missed out on. We did the East and West Island tours and felt like we really got a good sense of Sao Miguel and all of it's amazing microclimates. Fernando was a wealth of knowledge about everything on the island. We very thoroughly enjoyed it.

Było to fantastycznie przeżycie. Stanowiliśmy bardzo zgraną grupę, a nasz przewodnik był fantastyczny. Zrealizowaliśmy pełen plan wycieczki, pogoda nam sprzyjała. Na pytanie , które z obejrzanych miejsc podobało nam się najbardziej , odpowiedzieliśmy jednogłośnie WSZYSTKIE. Wszystko było zorganizowane perfekcyjnie. Jutro zobaczę wschodnią stronę wyspy i jestem przekonana, że tez będzie fantastycznie

A really excellent way to familiarise yourself with this area of San Miguel (the west). Our driver, Joao, was friendly, knowledgeable, fun and kind, feeding us all the time with his knowledge of all the sites we visited.

It was incredible. We got so much more that we bargained for. The best guide I've had. He knows so much--- And im here for it.

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