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Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

1. Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

Meet with your tour guide at 2:00pm at the tourist office in Ponta Delgada in the city center. You will be briefed with great information about the history of Ponta Delgada, to provide you with some context to what you will be about to see. The iconic monument of Portas da Cidade will be how you begin learning about the many facets of Ponta Delgada over the centuries. The Mother Church of Sao Sebastiao is next, which is one of the oldest and most important buildings in town. You will then ease along the picturesque cobblestone streets of the city center, while the tour guide provides great information along the way. Uncover some of the best works of art that are present in Ponta Delgada, some of which are easily missed by tourists. You will then advance to visit the exquisitely designed botanical garden of Santana, home of many peculiar tree species. You can enter a normally inaccessible area of Igreja do Santo Cristo, and get up-close with the statue that began the largest religious procession in all of Portugal.

São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

2. São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel or accommodation. Leave Ponta Delgada and make your first stop at Vila France do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel located on the south coast. Here, taste the famous Queijada da Vila pastry, a type of cheesecake created by nuns. Next, head toward Furnas Valley and spot volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles, near Furnas Lake as you arrive. Find out how the true gastronomic specialty of Azores, the famous Cozido das Furnas, or Furnas stew, is cooked. Follow this with a visit to the Terra Nostra Garden and have the opportunity to experience a thermal bath before lunch is served. After lunch, see more volcanic phenomena in Furnas village, as well as the fumaroles in a mix of hot and fresh waters, some with medicinal properties. On the way up to the mountains, stop to admire the amazing over Furnas Valley from Pico de Ferro's viewpoint. Then, visit the Gorrean tea plantation and its factory in Ribeira Grandes, on the north coast. Taste two kinds of tea found in São Miguel, black and green. Finally, make your last stop at Santa Iria's viewpoint to have a gorgeous view over the north coast. Take some photos and capture great memories before being dropped off back at your hotel or accommodation at the end of the tour.

Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

3. Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

Take in stunning panoramic views over a few different lakes as you embark on a half-day hike. Explore Sete Cidades lake, Canário lake, Empadadas and more along the way. Learn about local geology, history, culture and discover the hydrographic basin of Sete Cidades volcanic complex. Along the trail, you will come across numerous lakes, with different characteristics and it is here that we find the highest point of Sete Cidades, Pico das Éguas. Get a briefing next to Lagoa do Canário and follow the trail and enjoy Lagoa das Éguas, Pico das Éguas and Lagoa Rasa. Hear about the importance of watercourses for the municipality of Ponta Delgada and the endemic vegetation that exists in this place from your guide. Pass by Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno viewpoint and discover interesting facts about the Caldera of Sete Cidades and the lagoons that compose it. Have you heard about the legend of Sete Cidades lake? On this walk, you will also have the opportunity to stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint, probably the most famous in this municipality.

Ponta Delgada: 2-Hour Guided Walk Along the Serra Devassa

4. Ponta Delgada: 2-Hour Guided Walk Along the Serra Devassa

Walk along the spectacular Serra Devassa and admire breathtaking landscapes and panoramic views. Follow along this circular trail with an expert guide and learn the geological history of the area. Start your adventure near the forest of Lagoa do Canário and follow the rugged trail up into the mountains. Travel across the spectacular mountain range of Serra Devassa with stops at Pico das Éguas, the highest point of this route. Here, marvel at the volcanic cone with a serene lake inside. Circle around the Lagoa Rasa and continue on the path that goes back to the starting point. Along the trail, capture incredible photos of the unique landscape shaped by volcanos. Hear the fascinating geology, social and historical history of Sete Cidades from your expert guide and keep a look out for the diverse flora and fauna native to this incredible location.

Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

5. Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

Travel from Ponta Delgada to one of Sao Miguel’s northern coast’s highlights: The Ribeira dos Caldeirões natural park, where waterfalls and windmills nestle amongst the lush vegetation. From here, you’ll continue on to Nordeste village, known for its beautiful gardens and well-preserved streets. From here you’ll travel along the North-East side of the island, taking in the views over colorful gardens and the sea from Ponta do Arnel, Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada. Your next stop will be Povoação Village, situated in the most South-Eastern part of the island. Povoação means settlement in Portuguese, and was where the first Portuguese navigators arrived on the island. A picnic for lunch will be served, before traveling along the Alameda de Plátanos Visconde Botelho, a large avenue surrounded by Plátanus trees. Off-roading over streams, you’ll drive to Salto do Cavolo to the Graminhais plateau for views of both Furnas and Povoação villages. From here you’ll return to Ponta Delgada along the North coast of the island.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Hiking Tour to Sete Cidades

6. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Hiking Tour to Sete Cidades

Explore the Sete Cidades lake, one of the most famous and legendary lakes on the island of São Miguel, on this guided hike. During the 11-kilometer hike, you will have the opportunity to learn about the volcanic formation of São Miguel and hear the legendary love story behind the formation of the lake from your naturalist guide. After getting picked up from your hotel in Ponta Delgada, head to the starting point and begin your 7-hour hike. Stop along the way to visit the picturesque Sete Cidades village and explore the surrounding volcanic region. Half-way through your hike, sit down to a delicious picnic lunch with a sandwich, cake, fruit, water, and juice. After the walk, drive along the south coast and stop in Ferraria, a delightful ocean bathing area, where you can soothe your muscles with a relaxing dip in the heated volcanic waters before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Full Day Tour Fogo Sete Cidades VAN

7. Full Day Tour Fogo Sete Cidades VAN

São Miguel is the biggest island of the archipelago, at 62.1 km in length and 15.8 km at its maximum width. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. Located in the center of the island are the fascinating landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), doubtlessly one of the grandest natural attractions of this island, which already is not really lacking in beautiful natural sights. This huge blue lake – it is about 2 km long and 1 km wide - fills the ground of an extinct crater, whose caldera was formed during an eruption in 1563. This tour takes you around the Lagoa do Fogo lake and the Sete Cidades lakes. The date of the tour can be changed depending on weather conditions, at no cost to the customer. 

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Wheelchair Accessible Van Tour

8. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Wheelchair Accessible Van Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Vila Franca do Campo. During your stop at Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll get the chance to see its beaches and inlets. After your stop at Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll visit Lagoa das Furnas. Here you’ll try the famous cozido das Furnas at a local restaurant. Cozido das Furnas is a meat stew that is cooked in the ground, making for a tasty lunch. Visit Parque Terra Nostra, which is a thermal spa and resort. In Furnas, you’ll also visit Caldeiras das Furnas, a complex of volcanic thermal hot springs. Afterwards, head to the Pico do Ferro lookout point for panoramic views of the island. Before the tour comes to an end, you’ll visit the local tea factory, Gorrena, and stop at the Santa Iria viewing point.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

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Vale super a pena fazer este passeio pela cidade de Ponta Delgada :) o João é super informativo e animado deixando nos sempre super à vontade. Aprendemos imenso sobre a cidade, descobrimos pinturas secretas, mais factos históricos e passeámos por um dos jardins mais bonitos de sempre! Top!

Our tour guide Miguel was excellent. Took us to some amazing sights and really knew the locations well. Good city background and lots of information from a locals perspective with good food recommendations. Recommend anyone to book this tour with him. Excellent!

Our guide Joao was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. More importantly he had a passion for Ponta Delgada that he was able to impart to us.

Very good experience. Daniela, the guide, was very punctual and very good. Good temporal articulation of the visit. Great lunch

We had a fantastic day! Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable about all that we saw. I highly recommend this tour.