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Azores: Sete Cidades Scenic 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

1. Azores: Sete Cidades Scenic 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

Get off the usual tourist trail on a 3-hour 4WD tour of the Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) region of the Azores island of São Miguel, departing from Ponta Delgada. Traveling by 4WD vehicle, you will experience the dramatic scenery of the volcanic crater and its flora and fauna in a more immersive fashion.  Drive to the mountain top to look down on the 2 impressive lakes of the caldera (basin), one with blue water (Lagoa Azul) and the other with green water (Lagoa Verde). Along the way, take in many other picturesque spots of São Miguel, including the peaceful lakes of Lagoa das Empadadas, Lagoa de Santiago, and Lagoa do Carvão.  Enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, volcanic cones, and stretches of green, and go to villages that have played a vital role in the story of the island.

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

2. 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.

São Miguel, Azores: Sete Cidades Half-Day Jeep Tour

3. São Miguel, Azores: Sete Cidades Half-Day Jeep Tour

Drive off the usual tourist trail on a 3.5-hour jeep tour of the Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) region of São Miguel, part of the Azores, departing from Ponta Delgada. Traveling by 4WD jeep, experience the dramatic scenery of the volcanic crater up close, and see unique flora and fauna. You will drive to the mountain summit where you can look down on the impressive lakes of the caldera, one called Lagoa Azul for its blue water, and the other known as Lagoa Verde (Green Water). En route, take in other picturesque spots of São Miguel, including the church of São Nicolau. Enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, volcanic cones, and stretches of green, from Vista do Rei, and drive through villages that have played a vital role in the story of the island.

Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

4. Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

Explore one of the largest lakes in the Azores on a 3-hour tour of the Lagoa do Fogo by 4WD vehicle. After hotel pickup, first, stop at Pico da Barrosa viewpoint and enjoy panoramic views of Lagoa do Fogo. Surrounded by native trees and beautiful flowers, the lake is best accessed and appreciated by off-road vehicles, getting you to more remote and picturesque areas. During the tour, you will stop at a variety of interesting locations en route, with highlights including the Calderas of Ribeira Grande. See the fumaroles, geysers and a wonderful waterfall of the warm, iron water. Finally, visit the city of Ribeira Grande and taste local liqueurs.

Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

5. 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.

Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

6. Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

On this full-day tour, visit the Sete Cidades Massif, a field of alkali-basalt cinder cones and lava flows, and an area very popular for its lakes and surrounding hills. Departing from Ponta Delgada, travel up the mountain top that forms the caldera of a volcano where the lakes are located. Additionally, you will visit Empadadas and Carvão lakes, which will give you the opportunity to admire the beauty of untouched nature. Learn more about how volcanic activity formed the landscape. At lunchtime, stop off at a typical restaurant in the village of Sete CIdades, where you will eat a traditional meal. Then continue on, passing Vista do Rei, one of the island's top tourist destinations. Next, head to the Mosteiros, famous for its natural swimming pools, fishing harbor, and sandy beach of black basalt. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, you will also see the hot bathing spots caused by fumaroles on the coast.

From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Kayak & Bike Adventure

7. From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Kayak & Bike Adventure

Get picked up from your hotel in Ponta Delgada or make your own way to Lagoa das Sete Cidades, one of the most beautiful lakes on the island. For those who choose pickup, stop by the Vista do Rei viewpoint to enjoy the panoramic views. Start your cycling and kayaking trip at the activity center on the lakeshore. Paddle across the crystal clear lake on a kayak and admire the beautiful surroundings from the water. Afterwards, pedal through this beautiful region on a bike. Discover the area on a self-guided tour, or select the guided tour option to explore with an expert guide. This fun and active trip is perfect for adventure lovers.

Full-Day Furnas Azores 4x4 Tour from Ponta Delgada

8. Full-Day Furnas Azores 4x4 Tour from Ponta Delgada

Travel from Ponta Delgada to Furnas Azores on a full-day 4x4 tour on the island of São Miguel. Furnas Azores has a history of volcanic activity that has left behind a legacy of particularly impressive natural geysers, hot springs, calderas, and fumaroles. Along the way, you will visit a number of locations with stunning landscapes and unique and intriguing features, such as Vila Franca do Campo, where you can see the famous islet, a tea factory, and views from various spots. Upon arriving at Furnas Azores, admire the lake and its geysers, which are surrounded by lush nature.

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

9. 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.

São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

10. São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

You’ll travel along many secondary roads, as you explore São Miguel on the way to Furnas. Pass small villages on the southern coastal road before stopping at the Nossa Senhora da Paz chapel for the scenic views over Vila Franca do Campo, the island’s first capital. Be sure to bring a swimsuit on this full-day 4WD tour to enjoy the thermal waters at Poça da Dona Beija. Dona Beija is part of a series of iron-rich hot springs warmed by the volcanic activity that is part of the history of the Furnas Valley. The springs arise from underground thermal aquifers that are in permanent contact with rocks subjected to high temperatures. The average temperature of the water is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy cozido for lunch, a typical stew-like dish that is cooked for 6-8 hours in the hot springs. After visiting the many hot springs and fumeroles in the Furnas Valley you’ll stop at Pico do Ferro for an overview of the Furnas Crater. Returning along the northern shore, you’ll stop to unwind at a tea plantation. Take a short tour of the factory and sample some of the island’s tea.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

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based on 135 reviews

There were only two of us on our tour. Our guide, Davante, was fabulous. He was so knowledgeable about the geological forming of the island, vegetation, history of the Azores. We appreciated his good natured and friendly personality. He provided us with great food and pub suggestions at the end.

Awesome tour with Artur as our guide. He was very informative and the off-roading portion was a lot of fun. The weather wasn't being nice in the morning so the photos didn't come out very nice but that didn't take away from the overall tour. Great time!!

Sergio was a wonderful guide. We met some great people and saw some amazing views even though the fog was in. But we had chances to see through the gap. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.

Our guide Rui was knowledgeable and fun. We really appreciated the opportunity to support local businesses and learn about the plants and animals of Sao Miguel.

Hugo was a fun guide. So glad to have toured this way!