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São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

1. São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of the western half of São Miguel island on this guided tour by van. Discover the famous crater lakes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, picturesque waterfalls, amazing cliffs, and stunning rock formations around the coast of the island. Start with a visit to Ribeira Grande, one of the most picturesque towns of the Azores, followed by a surprising view of some amazingly beautiful cliffs on the North coast. Then travel to the inner areas of the island to see the gorgeous waterfall of Salto do Cabrito, surrounded by wild vegetation. Drive to the top of Fogo Volcano to enjoy views of the most pristine and magical of the crater lakes of São Miguel. From the top of the mountain, enjoy the stunning views over a large portion of the island. After a tasty meal to restore your energy levels, head to Sete Cidades, to understand why this is considered by the postcard of the Azores. Enjoy views from two completely different perspectives over the famous twin lakes.  End the day in Mosteiros, on the western coast of the island, where the lava rocks have formed enchanting small islets and natural pools.

São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

2. 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, 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.

Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Hidden Gems Full-Day Tour

4. Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Hidden Gems Full-Day Tour

Spend a day exploring the hidden gems of São Miguel Island, away from the big crowds. The island of São Miguel is beautiful everywhere and has a lot to see besides the popular and busy attractions. Drive through the quiet roads of the inner island surrounded by forests and green pastures. See the native and unique vegetation of the Azores in well-preserved areas and learn about their uses in the early history of the islands. From ample views from mountain tops, to waterfalls, cliffs, a small lake—this tour goes to many amazing places that are not part of the main tourist itineraries. This tour is accessible to everyone and doesn’t require difficult walks. Throughout the day, you will explore the hidden side of the Azores and go off the typical roads to enjoy some unique views.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Coast-to-Coast Buggy Tour with Lunch

5. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Coast-to-Coast Buggy Tour with Lunch

The coast-to-coast buggy tour of São Miguel will lead you off-road for an adrenaline-filled tour. With the help of your guide, visit farms, check out the best views of the island, get up close with unreal nature, and, of course, cross paths with volcanic rock along the way.   See the amazing landscape of the island, taking in many famous landmarks along the way. Included is a stop for lunch in Caloura, a stunning coastal town where you can enjoy some of the best food the island has to offer. Continue with the adventure before making your way back to the starting point filled with the strong emotions this unique tour invokes.

Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

6. Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

São Miguel is the biggest island of the archipelago, at 62.1 km in length and 15.8 km at its maximum width. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. This tour takes you around the crater of the volcano of Sete Cidades, with breathtaking views of the lakes and sea, travel off roads that offer moments of great thrill and adrenaline. You will also enjoy the viewpoints of Pico da Cruz and Cumeeiras. The date of the tour can be changed depending on weather conditions, at no cost to the customer. 

São Miguel: Sete Cidades Buggy/UTV Tour

7. São Miguel: Sete Cidades Buggy/UTV Tour

Be the driver of a buggy/UTV and experience some of the beautiful landscapes of São Miguel Island. Head to the highest points of the mountains that surround Sete Cidades volcano. Go on and offroad and visit some of the trails that are part of the Azores Airlines Rallye. If the weather is good, you can count on awesome views of the lakes and the ocean. Learn more about the area with your expert guides who will provide brief explanations at each stop.

Full Day Tour Fogo Sete Cidades VAN

8. Full Day Tour Fogo Sete Cidades VAN

São Miguel is the biggest island of the archipelago, at 62.1 km in length and 15.8 km at its maximum width. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. Located in the center of the island are the fascinating landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), doubtlessly one of the grandest natural attractions of this island, which already is not really lacking in beautiful natural sights. This huge blue lake – it is about 2 km long and 1 km wide - fills the ground of an extinct crater, whose caldera was formed during an eruption in 1563. This tour takes you around the Lagoa do Fogo lake and the Sete Cidades lakes. The date of the tour can be changed depending on weather conditions, at no cost to the customer. 

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 255 reviews

Filippo is a super guide. He not only tells the history of the island but also much to report about the fauna and flora. He is also no stranger to many other domains of the island's fortunes. We are glad we booked this tour as it is complementary to the other two full day excursions the company offers. This way we could really visit all the highlights in 3 days.

This was the perfect beginning of my solo trip in Sao Miguel, with amazing views, food and company! Our guide Eduardo was the best, shared with us many interesting facts about the island and was always ready to reply to our questions. Would totally recommend

This was a really wonderful tour - our dribbler Sergio was so informative and fun! Sete Cidades will not disappoint - if I could change anything it would be to have spent more time and pack a suit & towel!!! Spectacular time !

This was a really great way to see some off the beaten track places, eat some local food and hear about some of the history of the island from a great guide.

Fantastic activity, without a doubt, completed our stay on this wonderful island.