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São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

1. 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.

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.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Van Tour to the Mystic Furnas Valley

3. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Van Tour to the Mystic Furnas Valley

On this tour, feel and experience the volcanic origins of the magical Island in Furnas. Start by visiting the Chá Gorreana in order to visit the interesting factory and learn more about one of the most unique tea plantations in Europe. The Cozido meal prepared earlier will be your lunch, served at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the centenary Terra Nostra botanical garden, famous for its extraordinary collection of native plants on the Azores, as well as exotic plants from all over the world. At the end of the visit, you are invited to bathe in an iron-rich hot water swimming pool with a temperature between 35 and 40ºC, an exquisite experience! On the journey back to Ponta Delgada, stop at several beautiful viewing points on the North Coast and at the only tea plantation on the North Coast.

Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Full-Day Furnas Excursion

4. Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Full-Day Furnas Excursion

Depart from Ponta Delgada for a full-day adventure on São Miguel Island. A dip in the Furnas thermal baths is sure to make you forget all your worries. Get a taste of local flavor with a traditional lunch. Take in some great island views and cap off the experience with a visit to Gorreana tea plantations. Following hotel pickup, head to Vila Franca do Campo, the once capital of the island and home to the Azores' best-known sweets and quintessentially magnificent landscapes. The tour then continues to Furnas Valley, with the option of a thermal bath in the morning. Visit the terra nostra botanical garden and soak in the pool and jacuzzis or choose to relax in the natural pools of Poça da Dona Beija. Check out the boilers in the center of the parish. Lunch, served in a local restaurant, will be the famous Cozido das Caldeiras (Furnas stew). Continue on to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint, overlooking the largest and oldest volcanic crater on the island. Descend to the north side of the island, stopping to visit the Gorreana tea plantations with the chance to taste and purchase tea. Stop at the Santa Iria belvedere for more classically Portuguese views of the countryside and the Atlantic before returning to Ponta Delgada.

Furnas: Private Van Tour

5. Furnas: Private Van Tour

This tour covers some of the best scenic areas of São Miguel island and the Furnas volcanic area. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs and a visit to Terra Nostra Botanical Garden (entrance fee not included in the tour). • Pisão Viewpoint and Caloura • Vila Franca do Campo and its pastry factory • Senhora da Paz Viewpoint • Furnas Lake and Hot Springs • Furnas Village • Terra Nostra Botanical Garden (optional) • Hot Springs & mineral waters • Pico do Ferro Viewpoint • Gorreana Tea Plantation and Factory • Santa Iria Viewpoint

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Full Day Jeep Tour

6. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Full Day Jeep Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Vila Franca do Campo on the south coast of the island to start your adventure around the south side of the island. After exploring Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll head to Lagoa das Furnas. In Lagoa das Furnas, you’ll stop in a local restaurant to try the famous Furnas stew. Furnas stew is a meat stew that is cooked underground. After lunch, you’ll visit the centenary garden Parque Terra Nostra. After visiting Parque Terra Nostra, you’ll get the opportunity to visit Caldeiras das Furnas. The volcanic hot spring pools at Caldeiras das Furnas are unique to the island. Stop at the Pico do Ferro viewing point and take in the 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.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Wheelchair Accessible Van Tour

7. 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 Furnas Lake

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 115 reviews

I highly recommend this tour. Mario knows his island very well, especially the area of the volcano. We first ate queijadas, which were delicious. We have been on several miradouros where the views were magnificent. Mario is a very nice guide, who cares about our well-being. Not being able to eat the cozido, he directly found a solution for us instead. The Terra Nostra park is beautiful, there are also the thermal baths in it (10€/p). The caldera das Furnas and the city are very interesting, we can feel that the volcano is alive. We ended this excellent day with a good tea from the production plant itself. I highly recommend this agency!

This was a great tour! Daniella and John are experts on Sao Miguel and the Azores - we learned so much and had a great time. The day was thoughtfully planned and our guides even checked on the weather throughout the day to ensure we were visiting landmarks at the most opportune times. The van was clean and comfortable for a full day trip. Highly recommend to Sao Miguel visitors!

I thoroughly enjoyed my Sao Miguel tour with Joao. We saw a lot of the island yet never felt rushed. Joao was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this tour, especially if you have a short stay on the islands.

Gréât tour! Small group and our guide was excellent. We had a lot of fun. It’s a long day and packed with things to do.

Mario was fantastic! We really enjoyed the day. :)