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São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

1. São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Discover the life that lies deep in the Azores Sea from the comfort of this glass-bottom boat, with an expert crew and guide. Your adventure begins at Vila Franca do Campo Marina. A biologist will give you a briefing about the itinerary and then you can set off. Learn about the marine life, nature, and historical curiosities of Vila Franca do Campo. You can spot the unique sea life of the protected area and observe the seabirds and crustaceans that fill the islet landscape. The biologist will help you identify the species, but you can expect to see everything from colorful shoals of fish, to starfish, sea cucumbers, and underwater volcanic activity. When you want to cool off you can go for a swim and snorkel, and get closer to some of the wildlife you've been spotting.

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

2. 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.

São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

3. São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Starting through Ponta Delgada, along Avenida do Mar, following the beaches of Água D´Alto, until we reach the first capital of the island, Vila Franca do Campo, stopping at the viewpoint of Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo where we can see its incredible islet, the result of an underwater volcanic eruption and where the Red Bull Cliff Diving has been running for 3 years, now; After this short break, we will continue our trip through the center of the village to the marina of Vila Franca, where we will also visit the factory of the famous Vila Franca do Campo custard factory; Time to drive to the bucolic Lagoa das Furnas (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense), area where the famous “Cozido das Furnas” is cooked in volcanic soil for 6 hours, and here we can observe the removal of the pots from the volcanic ground by local restaurants. We will also visit the various fumaroles and boilers from that area; Back on the road and towards the parish of Furnas you can optionally relax in pools of hot springs, over 30 degrees, that spur incessantly from railway springs. This is an experience of thermal charisma, with the option of the client and alternative, between Poça da Dona Beija) and the pools of Parque Terra Nostra, where in addition to being able to swim, you can also visit its amazing Botanical Garden Terra Nostra Park, considered one of the best and largest in Europe. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense); Lunch Break (Lunch included) After lunch, a pedestrian visit to the Garden of Quenturas, Poça da Dona Silvina and the center of the parish of Furnas to visit its various fumaroles, boilers and taste some mineral springs there. The visit in the center of the parish of Furnas will be complemented with a taste of local liqueurs; Driven north of the Island, next stop will be at the imposing Pico do Ferro viewpoint, where you can see the magnitude of the Furnas volcanic crater and her lake; Continuing the trip, next stop is the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park, one of the most visited areas in the Nordeste area, with its 5 Watermills and her amazing waterfall; The last stop of the day, will be the tea route, until the tea plantations and their factories. A view of the splendid bay, a magnificent garden and a smiling welcome for a tea tasting at the Gorreana Tea Factory or Porto Formoso Tea Factory.

Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

4. Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

Explore the impressive landscapes and amazing panoramas on a hiking trip to São Miguel. Start your trail on a short dirt road, that will lead you to Lagoa do Fogo. Bathe in the pools of Lagoa, in the thermal baths of Caldeira Velha, or in the grandiose waterfall of Salto do Cabrito. Get stunning panoramic views of Lago do Fogo and the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel while traveling along “Cumeeira Norte”. Pass through several small streams surrounded by incredibly green and untouched forests, before reaching the characteristic pumice-stone beach of the lagoon. Enjoy a pleasant picnic lunch of regional products. Return to the starting point while enjoying another perspective of the south coast and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the bathing zone of Caloura, or Agua D’Alto Beach, where you can practice snorkeling.

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.

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

6. 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.

Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

7. Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

Take in stunning panoramic views over a few different lakes as you embark on a half-day hike. Explore Sete Cidades lake, Canário lake, Empadadas and more along the way. Learn about local geology, history, culture and discover the hydrographic basin of Sete Cidades volcanic complex. Along the trail, you will come across numerous lakes, with different characteristics and it is here that we find the highest point of Sete Cidades, Pico das Éguas. Get a briefing next to Lagoa do Canário and follow the trail and enjoy Lagoa das Éguas, Pico das Éguas and Lagoa Rasa. Hear about the importance of watercourses for the municipality of Ponta Delgada and the endemic vegetation that exists in this place from your guide. Pass by Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno viewpoint and discover interesting facts about the Caldera of Sete Cidades and the lagoons that compose it. Have you heard about the legend of Sete Cidades lake? On this walk, you will also have the opportunity to stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint, probably the most famous in this municipality.

Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

8. Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

Meet with your tour guide at 2:00pm at the tourist office in Ponta Delgada in the city center. You will be briefed with great information about the history of Ponta Delgada, to provide you with some context to what you will be about to see. The iconic monument of Portas da Cidade will be how you begin learning about the many facets of Ponta Delgada over the centuries. The Mother Church of Sao Sebastiao is next, which is one of the oldest and most important buildings in town. You will then ease along the picturesque cobblestone streets of the city center, while the tour guide provides great information along the way. Uncover some of the best works of art that are present in Ponta Delgada, some of which are easily missed by tourists. You will then advance to visit the exquisitely designed botanical garden of Santana, home of many peculiar tree species. You can enter a normally inaccessible area of Igreja do Santo Cristo, and get up-close with the statue that began the largest religious procession in all of Portugal.

Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

9. 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: Sacred Spaces in Ponta Delgada Guided City Tour

10. São Miguel: Sacred Spaces in Ponta Delgada Guided City Tour

Visit the Church of São José, the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Saint Sebastian Church, and the Church of the Jesuit College, all on this guided trip in Ponta Delgada. Learn about the cultural and religious significance of the sacred sites you visit.  After pickup, start at São José Church, located in Campo de São Francisco, right in the historic center of the city of Ponta Delgada. Under the invocation of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the church dates back to the 16th century.  Next, stop at the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, where you´ll find the Sanctuary of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres that’s of the highest devotion to the Azorean people and one of the most important treasures of sacred art in the country.  After a small walk, arrive at Saint Sebastian Church. Its construction dates back to a chapel under the invocation of São Sebastião, built after a great plague that devastated it. Make a final stop at Todos-os-Santos Church, the primitive Church of the Jesuit College.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 342 reviews

Our first booking on 7/13 was canceled due to weather conditions (understandably, the sea did seem choppy!) but with plenty of notice. I rebooked for the next day almost immediately, as we only had a couple of days on the island. Our tour on 7/14 left as scheduled and we had an unforgettable time! The guides were kind, helpful, and very knowledgeable about the marine life, islet, and history. The other travelers that were on the boat with us were also great and friendly people! Although we had chosen English, everyone was bilingual, and we agreed for the guides to give the tour in Portuguese instead. The islet was magnificent up close and we saw many fish through the glass bottom. I snorkeled for the first time with a provided wet suit and good instructions. I won't forget swimming with the fish by the islet entrance! :)

El equipo de profesionales de 10! Nos han cuidado mucho y ha sido una jornada muy agradable. Es verdad que no había mucha fauna marina, pero la excursión sin dida vale la pena. Lo recomendamos!

Fernando was very informative and had many small facts that were interesting. he was flexible with our needs and helpful answering our off the cuff questions.

The hiking was great: Into the wild, with wonderful views, comments on flora, and a great guide (Rodrigo, you’re top!). I’d repeat the hike tomorrow :)

Have only booked this package so far. Everything was great!!