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Ponta Delgada Neighborhood tours

Our most recommended Ponta Delgada Neighborhood tours

Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

1. Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

Take the opportunity to see some of the sea life found in the Azores including dolphins, whales, turtles and seabirds. Before the boat trip, listen to biologists explaining the safety measures aboard, the history of the area, the local wildlife and how to respect them. Then set off! After the 3-hour whale watching tour, stop in Vila Franco do Campo to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Following lunch, board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon. Take one of the provided snorkels and diving masks and see the numerous protected fish species in this natural reserve. Following the tour, transfer back to Ponta Delgada by boat or van.

Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

Start the tour by leaving Ponta Delgada and traveling towards the north coast. Make the first stop at Ribeira dos Caldeirões in the municipality of Nordeste. See the beautiful waterfall, known as Véu da Noiva, and the surrounding watermills and gardens. Pass through picturesque villages as you travel on towards the wonderful viewpoints of Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada, on the eastern tip of the island. View the beautiful lighthouse from the top of the cliff. Stop for lunch which will be served in the village of Povoação, the oldest settlement on the island. In the afternoon, relax near the sea or explore the historic center of Povoação. Return to Ponta Delgada along the south coast, passing by Furnas Lake and Vila Franca do Campo.

Ponta Delgada: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks

3. Ponta Delgada: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks

Taste your way through the city of Ponta Delgada on a guided food tour. From traditional tea to locally produced fruit and vegetables, learn about Portuguese food culture from your guide with eight tastings and drinks. Begin your tour at Ponta Delgada's historic City Gates monument. Follow your guide through charming alleys to explore the hidden corners of the city. Stop at a tea house to sample locally produced tea with muffins and cheese. Then, continue to the lively farmers' market to try fresh produce. With your guide, learn about some of the most interesting local fruit and vegetables, as well as the oldest tea plantations in Europe and the pineapple plantations. Next, tackle some of the most beloved eateries in town. Take a seat and taste traditional foods while you sip on a refreshing cold drink. In the meantime, hear more about the city's major attractions, including St. Sebastien church, the synagogue, and the town hall. Finish your culinary adventure on a sweet note with an artisanal dessert.

São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

4. São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

Join this tour to visit the most iconic and historical areas of São Miguel Island. See views of the lakes from Vista do Rei, stop at the Santa Iria Viewpoint, try tea at a tea planation, try Furnas stew in Furnas Valley, and more. Start your journey to the Vista do Rei viewpoint and admire the landscape of the Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde lakes, located in Sete Cidades. Then, head to the mountains to enjoy the scenic view over Lagoa do Fogo and visit the Santa Iria Viewpoint. Stop at the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory. Taste black and green tea and then continue to Furnas Valley to admire the Pico do Ferro’s viewpoint. Watch powerful volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles, in Furnas village.  Enjoy Furnas stew for lunch, a traditional dish cooked underground. Take a walk at Furnas Lake and learn about the Furnas stew cooking process. On your way back, drive along the south coast and stop at Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel.

From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Walk, Tasting and Kayaking

5. From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Walk, Tasting and Kayaking

Be picked up in your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head towards Sete Cidades. Once in Sete Cidades, start your adventure with a walking tour from Miradouro da Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Village. As you follow the walking trail, you’ll see views of the Green and Blue Lakes, Sete Cidades Village, Caldeira Seca, and Caldeira do Alferes. Stop at the Lomba do Vasco viewing point and see views of the northwest coast of São Miguel island. The walking tour will conclude at the village of Sete Cidades, where you can taste local products in a typical wood oven house. After your visit, you’ll head to the Blue and Green Lakes of Sete Cidades, where you’ll enjoy kayaking around the lakes. After kayaking, you’ll be driven back to Ponta Delgada, where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.

São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

6. São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Starting through Ponta Delgada, along Avenida do Mar, following the beaches of Água D´Alto, until we reach the first capital of the island, Vila Franca do Campo, stopping at the viewpoint of Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo where we can see its incredible islet, the result of an underwater volcanic eruption and where the Red Bull Cliff Diving has been running for 3 years, now; After this short break, we will drive to the bucolic Lagoa das Furnas (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense), area where the famous “Cozido das Furnas” is cooked in volcanic soil for 6 hours, and here we can observe the removal of the pots from the volcanic ground by local restaurants. We will also visit the various fumaroles and boilers from that area; Back on the road and towards the parish of Furnas you can optionally relax in pools of hot springs, over 30 degrees, that spur incessantly from railway springs. This is an experience of thermal charisma, with the option of the client and alternative, between Poça da Dona Beija) and the pools of Parque Terra Nostra, where in addition to being able to swim, you can also visit its amazing Botanical Garden Terra Nostra Park, considered one of the best and largest in Europe. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense); Lunch Break (Lunch included) After lunch, a pedestrian visit to the the center of the parish of Furnas; Driven north of the Island, next stop will be at the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park, one of the most visited areas in the Nordeste area, with its 5 Watermills and her amazing waterfall; The last stop of the day, will be the tea route, until the tea plantations and their factories. A view of the splendid bay, a magnificent garden and a smiling welcome for a tea tasting at the Gorreana Tea Factory or Porto Formoso Tea Factory.

Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo: Full Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

7. Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo: Full Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

Discover hidden secrets on São Miguel aboard a jeep, which takes you to places where others do not go with a friendly, english speaking local guide. Embark on a trip to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo and get amazing views along the way. Dine at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch. Leave Ponta Delgada behind and travel to the Empadada Lakes. Be surrounded by the natural beauty as the sound of silence embraces you. Make many stops, while exploring the western craters of São Miguel. See the rim of the crater and get the best views in São Miguel. Visit the church of São Nicolau, and get breathtaking views from Vista do Rei. Eat a delicious lunch with drinks at a local restaurant. Discover the beautiful crater of Lagoa do Fogo, also known as Fire Lake in the afternoon. If the weather is clear, you can view the island of Santa Maria from afar. Enjoy an optional swim in the thermal waters and a visit to Caldeira Velha.

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

8. Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

Take a jeep tour from Ponta Delgada and visit the volcanic crater at Sete Cidades. Go along less-used roads and get out into the natural beauty of Portugal. Travel along a small dirt road along the rim of the crater. Enjoy spectacular views and then explore Azorean culture at some of the local villages. Learn about the nature and the culture of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a convenient transfer back to Ponta Delgada at the end of your tour.

From Ponta Delgada: Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Guided Trek

9. From Ponta Delgada: Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Guided Trek

One of the best ways to explore São Miguel Island is on a guided trek. Immerse yourself in nature and admire the views on this walk between Vista do Rei and Sete Cidades. Take plenty of breaks along with stops at Vista do Rei Viewpoint, Lomba do Vasco Viewpoint, and more. Start with pickup from select hotels in Ponta Delgada and head to the start of the trek at the Vista do Rei Viewpoint. From there, follow the unpaved track that starts on the western side of Cumeeira da Caldeira until you reach the Escalvado Viewpoint and then the village of Sete Cidades. Continue along the trail, admiring the volcanoes Caldeira Seca and Caldeira do Alferes. From the Lomba do Vasco Viewpoint, look toward the northwest coast of the island including the four inlets of Mosteiros. Reaching the road that connects Sete Cidades to Várzea, take the path back to Sete Cidades.

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4.7 / 5

based on 56 reviews

LOVED the full day tour with our amazing guide, Joao. He was very attentive and always made sure we were comfortable and having a good time. Doing the tour on our first day on the island was the perfect way to get familiar with the island so we could plan for the remainder of our week. Joao was very knowledgable about Sao Miguel and offerred so many interesting tidbits we otherwise would not have learned. Loved all the stops we made and never having to worry about parking or driving. The Furnas stew was delicious and loved that Joao joined us at the table while we dined. Also loved meeting the other people on the tour!! Amazing experience!

It was a perfect sampler of São Miguel / Ponta Delgada / Sete Cidades — we saw enough to get a true view of the beauty, and we realized that there is so much more to see! We will definitely be back, and next time we’ll plan a couple of days to really dig into the beauty, the history, and the culture.

Because it was foggy, our wonderful guide Arturo gave us the option of biking around Sete Cidades instead. We really enjoyed that activity and the subsequent visits to the neo-gothic local church and cafe for delicious pastries. This is an excellent company for your island tours.

Joao was the best tour guide we have had so far! This tour was beautiful with amazing views and great culture. Also the food was delicious :). Highly recommend!

The tour was great even though it was raining for some parts and cloudy!