São Miguel Island
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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.

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

2. 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.

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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.

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São Miguel West: Sete Cidades & Fogo Full-Day Tour and Lunch

4. São Miguel West: Sete Cidades & Fogo Full-Day Tour and Lunch

Starting at your hotel or accommodation between 9:00 and 9:20 AM, you will head to the pineapple greenhouse plantation for a unique visit. Then traveling the southern coast, toward Ponta Delgada to break at the Pico do Carvao viewpoint where you may admire the north and south coasts with its breathtaking scenery.  Continue to Canary Lake viewpoint to gaze upon the Seven Cities Volcano and the majestic mountains that form the crater rim. Next, you will hit the road towards the King's view, perhaps the most famous viewpoint of Azores and begin to drive into the interior of the volcano, admiring the winding road that leads to the small Santiago Lake. Stop at the Parish of Seven Cities, for a traditional lunch at a typical restaurant and take in the sense of peace and freshness this parish emits. Starter, main course, dessert and coffee drinks are included in this lunch. After lunch is time to leave the interior of this magnificent volcano. Travel to the Escalvado scenic viewpoint where you may admire the village of Mosteiros and Ponta da Ferraria. Contemplating the magnificent road surrounded by hydrangeas, plantains, azaleas and other flowers so characteristic of the Azores. Next, pass the black sand beaches in the direction of the Barrosa Peak, where you can first view the Fire Lake and the most western point on the island of Sao Miguel, with the Seven Cities as a backdrop. Then, begin descending to the north coast, stopping at the Fire Lake viewpoint for a glimpse of this magnificent turquoise lake. A leisurely stop at Caldeira Velha where you can enjoy the hot springs heated naturally by the heat of the volcano, the famous cascade of hot water and all tropical vegetation, which provides magnificent photographs for later recall. In addition, stop at Ribeira Grande City, where you may visit the historical center and the Liquors Factory and store, for a test of all the liquors that are produced there. Finally, time to take back to the road and return to your hotel, storing in memory so much beauty, wishing that everything was great and that you have been dazzled by this small paradise, lost somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic.

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Azores: Explore Sao Miguel in 2 Days

5. Azores: Explore Sao Miguel in 2 Days

The itinerary is as follows: Day 1 Start the tour with a guided tour of a pineapple plantation followed by a complete visit to the West and Central Zone of the Island of Sao Miguel. Highlights include the lagoons of 7 cities and Lagoa do Fogo, as well as a visit to the North Coast of the island, where you'll stop to delight in the magnificent views that the coast offers. On this tour, visit other small lakes, such as the Lagoa do Canario and Santiago. See places like the village of Seven cities, the City of Ribeira Grande, among others. Day 2 Depart from Ponta Delgada, along the island South coast, towards Furnas Valley and Vila Franca do Campo, former capital of the islan, with a fine historical center. Your first stop at Furnas will be on the banks of the lake, to watch as your lunch, the cozido na caldeira, is dug up from the volcanic soil. Cooked by the natural volcanic heat, is a traditional Portuguese stew with all the ingredients that characterize this typical dish. After lunch, head to the Nordeste is a village situated on the north-east of the Island, is often referred to as the most beautiful of the amazing São Miguel Island, the region is also famous for its lovely gardens and the flowered streets and roads, filled with natural beauty and an exuberant vegetation. On returning to Ponta Delgada will be made again for the north coast of the island especially the visit to Tea plantation and factory from where it had to know the entire process and elaboration of Azorean Tea it is the only place in Europe where you can see a tea factory and tea plantation.

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Ponta Delgada Food Tour: Azores for Foodies

6. Ponta Delgada Food Tour: Azores for Foodies

Meet your local guide downtown and join a small group on a relaxed-pace tour through Ponta Delgada. Taste a progressive menu consisting of delicious food and refreshing drinks, including local fruits, jams, cheese, organic honey, fish and meat, soda and beer, and end with a homemade desserts. This 3-hour culinary walking tour of Ponta Delgada will take you through the charming 500-year-old cobblestone streets to artisanal eateries, centuries-old recipes, and modern foods. Gain knowledge about the ingredients, produces and gastronomical traditions of the Azores, while learning how these mysterious islands combine breathtaking nature, Mediterranean foods, American fruits, and Asian spices to craft a unique culinary culture.

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São Miguel: Furnas Crater Volcano and Hot Springs

7. São Miguel: Furnas Crater Volcano and Hot Springs

Benefit from pickup at the Ponta Delgada cruise ship terminal at 09:00 AM or 01:00 PM, and then travel along the south coast before heading north to Graciosa. Get breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape from the Santa Iria lookout.  Next, visit a tea factory at the last natural tea plantation in the world. Start your ascent to the volcanic crater of the active Furnas do Enxofre and get far-reaching views from the Pico do Ferro viewpoint.  Walk inside the volcano to marvel at the cones, hot lava activity, and mineral springs. Taste a traditional liquor at a local shop and discover the natural kitchen where the locals cook their unique stew using the heat of the volcano in a hole in the ground. Soak up the impressive views of the lake before driving back to the cruise ship terminal at Ponta Delgada.

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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.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 93 reviews

We had an amazing day. Our guide, Mario, was lovely, patient, well informed and a pleasure to spend the day with. All the island highlights are included in the tour, you get a really good feel for the place when you are only on the island for a short time. Well worth the long day!

I loved the experience. The script is very complete, the guide (Mr. Rui) is very friendly and explains the whole story behind each landscape. It's definitely worth it.

Well organized tour and good value for money. Luis was an excellent guide and the lunch buffet included was also very rich and decent.

The whole day was fantastic. We saw several types of dolphins and also 4-5 sperm whales. The lunch was really fresh. Don't miss it!

Very good. A very attentive guide and we have visited many places.