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

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

This tour gives you the unique opportunity to get to know São Miguel island as much as possible during a short stay. The tour will start early going in direction to Vista do Rei where you can enjoy the view over the Sete Cidades Lakes. From there the tour will take you up into the mountains to enjoy the view over the gorgeous Lagoa do Fogo. Then you will venture back down the mountains for a visit to Caldeira Velha, a protected nature reserve, where you will have the option to enjoy a bath in the warm water from a waterfall. The journey will then take you to the viewpoint of Santa Iria where you can see the gorgeous northern coast. Following the coastal views, you will visit the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory, where you can taste two different kinds of tea: black and green. The tour will continue on where you will be able to enjoy the amazing view over Furnas’ valley, and a stop will be made at Pico de Ferro’s viewpoint. Arriving in Furnas Village you will see some volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles. You will then be able to have some lunch and eat the delicious famous Cozido das Furnas (or Furnas Stew), a gastronomic dish of Azores. After lunch, a stop in the Furnas Lake to see how the famous stew is cooked, then take a walk near the beautiful lake. Returning to Ponta Delgada and passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel, located in the south coast, a last stop will be made at Ermida da Nossa Senhora Paz to enjoy the view to the famous Ilheú da Vila Franca. The tour will finish at your hotel or at the harbor.

Angra do Heroísmo: Walking Tour with Local Pasty and Coffee

2. Angra do Heroísmo: Walking Tour with Local Pasty and Coffee

At the selected time, we will meet at Jardim José Agostinho, our (kiosque) to start our guided tour of approximately 3 hours through the capital city of Terceira. Will we take a walking route through the main attractions of this Azorean city, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco? From the kiosk (Jardim José Agostinho) we go up towards the entrance of the city, we will arrive at Alto das covas, then we go in the Duke of Bragança market, we visit the inside of Capitães Generais Palace, which was the former Jesuit college and today houses valuable works of art. We will continue our visit to go inside the Igreja da Misericórdia, which will welcome us with its striking white and blue façade. We will get to know the history of the Paços do Concelho building from the outside and, of course, we go inside the famous church of the Santíssimo Salvador da Sé, the cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo. Stop at a pastry shop where you will have 25 minutes of free time to have a coffee and taste a typical sweet. With our energies recharged, we'll follow the path to the Teatro Angrense, a 19th-century building that houses the island's theater groups and major representations nationwide. Finally, we will visit the Jardim Botanico (Duque da Terceira garden) where we ascend to Alto da Memoria (Memory of D. Pedro IV) A real spectacle.

Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

3. 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.

Angra do Heroísmo: Landmarks Guided Walking Tour

4. Angra do Heroísmo: Landmarks Guided Walking Tour

Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel and drive to either Monte Brasil volcano or the UNESCO-listed High Memory Memorial for the starting point of the tour. Get an overview of the city’s historical past from your expert guide. Continue to the heart of the city and walk the streets filled with monuments significant to the history of the Azores Islands. See the Cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo, one of the most controversial catholic cathedrals, and Palacio dos Capitaes Generais, pivotal in the establishment of the first general government of the Azores. Proceed to the city hall and finish up walking by the Rua Direita, the first main street that culminates in Pátio da Alfândega, the oldest wharf in Angra do Heroísmo. From here you’ll see Angra Bay, where Vasco da Gama disembarked in 1499, establishing the island as a mandatory stop for routes passing through the Atlantic.

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

5. 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 Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Highlights Bus Tour

6. From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Highlights Bus Tour

Admire Terceira's top highlights on a bus tour that takes away the hassle of planning and deciding. Listen to your driver/guide's insightful commentary, learning about the significance and history of every stop on your route. Sit back and relax between several locations, watching the verdant landscape rush past. Start your tour by visiting the lush peninsula of Monte Brasil — most of which is a natural reserve. See the long-extinct volcano looming above you before heading to the nearby colorful town of Angra do Heroísmo. Marvel at the beauty and rich history of the Angra do Heroísmo — Terceira's capital and largest city, with its town center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, head to the south-east coast of the island, seeing several charming churches, holy spirit chapels, and natural formations along the way. Then, stop at the high Serra do Cume viewpoint, where you'll see one of the most breathtaking views of Terceira Island known as The Patchwork Quilt. Surrounding the hill are rolling green hills and hundreds of patches of farmland, creating a patchwork quilt formation. Round off your visit with a stop at the city of Praia da Vitória, filled with sandy beaches and several stunning viewpoints. Known for its colorful architecture, this quaint town still has its old city walls and has a sandy beach alongside its marina.

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What people are saying about Azores

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Our tour guide was super fun and the tour itself was flexible enough to appeal to what we were interested in (more/less time in places & we stopped for pastries). Even though the weather was not sunny, the island was still beautiful and we got to see almost everything. This is a great fast tour if you don't have too much time!

There were two of us with a guide. It was - although we had to speak English - a really great tour. A big compliment to our guide. Unfortunately we didn't remember his name.

One of the Best Tour driver that being on, Rui Tome is a super star. He was always helpful, easy to talk to and explain very well

Very good, Rui Mendes was very prepared and friendly, we took a lot of it, a lot of detailed information.

Very informative. It was good to have someone else driving and finding all the sights.