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São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

1. São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

Start by visiting a traditional pineapple plantation, which is a biological culture developed on greenhouses where it’s possible to taste the pineapple´s liquor. Continue along the west coast of the island where it´s possible to enjoy the view of both São Miguel’s coasts from the Pico de Carvão‘s viewpoint. Surrounded by the greenest vegetation, visit the Vista do Rei‘s viewpoint at Sete Cidades. From this point, see the twin lakes with their varying colours. Then, inside the crater, admire the stunning Santiago lake. Head next to the stop will be made in the picturesque town of Sete Cidades where lunch will be served in a regional restaurant. After lunch, admire the beauty of São Nicolau church. In the afternoon, continue along to the Escalvado Viewpoint. Along the north coast, stop to visit the town of Ribeira Grande where you can explore its historic center. Visit the Regional Liquors' Factory to taste a variety of its products. The last stop will be at the fantastic Lagoa do Fogo for fantastic views of the island. Finally, return to Ponta Delgada, through Pico da Barrosa.

Lagoa do Fogo: Guided Volcano Geo Tour w/ Hotsprings Bathing

2. Lagoa do Fogo: Guided Volcano Geo Tour w/ Hotsprings Bathing

Marvel at the volcanic landscape of the Azores with a tour of the Lagoa do Fogo (Lake of Fire) on this guided tour in São Miguel, with optional hotel pickup. Stop at multiple viewpoints on the drive up to the crater. Take a dip in the Caldeira Velha thermal pools or the Salto do Cabrito waterfall. Start from the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in and a short briefing. Then, hop into a van to drive up to the protected Nature Reserve of Lagoa do Fogo. On the way, stop at the scenic viewpoints of Pico da Barrosa and Bela Vista to soak in some of São Miguel’s best island views. Finally, arrive at the 15 thousand-year-old crater that sits in the deep caldera of the Fogo Volcano. Admire the stunning lake and learn about its endemic flora and surrounding woodlands from your guide. Next, head down the mountain, passing by the Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre for information on the island's volcanic origin, biodiversity, and geothermal resources. Here, you can opt for a bath in Caldeira Velha’s manmade thermals pools and a natural waterfall pool – all heated by the nearby Fogo Volcano. Alternatively, go further ahead to the Salto do Cabrito waterfall, tucked away in a lush forest. With any time left, you visit the Historic Center of Ribeira Grande, the 16th-century fountain of Largo de São Pedro, or the sandy beach of Santa Barbara. Finally, head back to the marina to end the tour.

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

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

Join this tour to visit the most iconic and historical areas of São Miguel Island. See views of the lakes from Vista do Rei, stop at the Santa Iria Viewpoint, try tea at a tea planation, try Furnas stew in Furnas Valley, and more. Start your journey to the Vista do Rei viewpoint and admire the landscape of the Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde lakes, located in Sete Cidades. Then, head to the mountains to enjoy the scenic view over Lagoa do Fogo and visit the Santa Iria Viewpoint. Stop at the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory. Taste black and green tea and then continue to Furnas Valley to admire the Pico do Ferro’s viewpoint. Watch powerful volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles, in Furnas village.  Enjoy Furnas stew for lunch, a traditional dish cooked underground. Take a walk at Furnas Lake and learn about the Furnas stew cooking process. On your way back, drive along the south coast and stop at Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel.

São Miguel: Whales & Volcano Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. São Miguel: Whales & Volcano Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Benefit from mini van pick-up at your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and the area around and then explore the coastline of São Miguel island by boat. Spend 3 hours looking for majestic whales and playful dolphins in their natural environment.  Reconnect with the natural world as you go in search of the sperm whales, blue whales, humpback whales, fin whales and sei whales that make the archipelago one of the best places in the world to see different marine mammals. Keep a look out for turtles, flying fish, sea birds and jumping dolphins along the way.  Disembark at the marina and enjoy a tasty lunch at local restaurant. Afetr lunch make your way to the volcanic landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo crater lake. See one of the most beautiful lakes in São Miguel and experience the amazing interior of the island up close. Learn about how is used the volcanic heat to produce renewable energy to the island.

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour with Lunch

5. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour with Lunch

Explore the volcanic landscape of the Sete Cidades, and the mountain scenery of the Lagoa do Fogo on a full-day sightseeing tour from Punta Delgada. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive along a scenic road to the Vista do Rei viewpoint. Enjoy panoramic views of the blue and green waters of the two lakes in the crater of the Sete Cidades. Then, continue to different viewpoints before getting close to the banks of the twin lakes. Go to the Mata do Canário, and marvel at the unique flora of the natural park. Drive along the Pico do Carvão road past numerous small lakes, including the “Empadas Lakes.” Get multiple perspectives of the north and south shores of the island of São Miguel. Break for a lunch of typical Azorean food in a local restaurant in the city of Lagoa. Next, explore the city of Ribeira Grande with its unique historic center that dates from the 17th to 19th centuries. Ascend the Pico da Barrosa mountain at the end of your tour and discover the protected natural landscape of the Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). Marvel at the thermal pools, waterfalls, and different types of endangered plants of the area, before your return transfer to Ponta Delgada and a drop-off at your hotel.

From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Day Tour

6. From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Day Tour

We created this amazing guided tour, with the intention to combining two different places in two different areas, in one day we can visit the most beautiful places in the area of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. On this guided tour we use a van with a maximum of space for 8 people, comfortable with plenty of space and with all the necessary conditions for this event. Start with pickup in the morning. Then proceed to visit Pineapple Plantation in the Greenhouses/Viewpoint of the Pico do Carvão/Natural Park of Lagoa das Empadadas/Natural Park of Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno/Viewpoint of the Blue and Green lakes of the Sete Cidades/Viewpoint of the Cerrado das Freiras/Center of the Sete Cidades Parish we end the morning with lunch time. At lunch time, we offer a complete meal in a local restaurant, in order to be able to offer better and typical traditional food fish or meat. (If for example: you are vegetarian, you can always choose something different). We start in the afternoon our guided tour, in which we have several stops, all our stops are easily accessible, in the afternoon we start visiting (Lagoa downtown/pottery factory/Viewpoint of the Pico da Barrosa/Lagoa do Fogo Lake/Natural Park Caldeira Velha- Hot spring waterfall/Liquor Factory/Ribeira Grande downtown). At the end of our guided tour, we finish at 18:00pm, and we drop off all people at the same places where we picked them up.

São Miguel West: Sete Cidades and Fogo Tour with Lunch

7. São Miguel West: Sete Cidades and Fogo Tour with Lunch

Your first stop on this full-day circuit will be at Pico do Carvão viewpoint. From here you'll be able to see the north coast (Ribeira Grande) and south of the island (Ponta Delgada) of São Miguel Island, against the backdrop of a vast expanse of volcanic cones between the incredible Sete Cidades volcano and the majestic 900-meter-high fire volcano. Continuing to one of the most emblematic viewpoints of São Miguel, in the Azores, Vista do Rei, known as the King D. Carlos and Queen D. Amélia. Time to continue your incredible all-day circuit into the massive volcanic interior of the Sete Cidades, considered one of the most incredible locations on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, amid epic paths and flanked slopes of hydrangeas. If you have never known what it is like to be inside a volcanic crater, then this is yet another reason to book this incredible full-day guided tour. Admire the Seven Cities Lagoon at a must-stop on the famous bridge that divides it, in the center of a volcanic crater. Breathe nature in the quiet parish of Sete Cidades and visit São Nicolau church. With a heart purified by nature, time to go to the Escalvado viewpoint, situated on a pyroclastic cliff, where from the top, you can admire the Monasteries and Ferraria, generated by the volcanic force of this area. Lunch break (lunch included). After lunch, time to return to head towards the second highest point of the island of São Miguel, at 900 meters, where the Pico da Barrosa viewpoint is located. From here you can see the north coast with its city of Ribeira Grande and the city of Ponta Delgada on the south coast of the island, as well as the entire amazing Lagoa do Fogo crater. Going down the north coast, the next stop will be at the Lagoa do Fogo viewpoint. Next up is the Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Center for visiting or bathing in natural hot springs pools. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense). The last stop of your full-day tour will be at the Pineapple Plantations to learn the whole process of growing pineapple in greenhouses and see for yourself why pineapple is considered the King fruit in Sao Miguel, and the Azores.

Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

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

The trail start in the parish of Água D’Alto, on the south coast of São Miguel Island, approximately 25 minutes by car from the city of Ponta Delgada. Begin the route with an ascent, passing through various pastures, leading you to areas where you can observe different types of vegetation, such as cryptomeria and heather. Along the trail, enjoy panoramic views of the first village on São Miguel Island, Vila Franca do Campo, well-known for its islet. Then you will pass the water levada, with its beautiful reflections of vegetation, used from ancient times to the present day to transport water. Marvel at untouched nature, majestic mountains, and endemic vegetation, such as heather, until you reach the Lagoa do Fogo. Lunch will be by the lake shores, allowing you to appreciate the crystal-clear water of one of Portugal’s natural reserves. On the return, experience a steep descent, during which you can admire hydrangeas and enjoy a view of the island’s south coast. Finish the day by relaxing in a calm spot or by the seaside. Depending on weather conditions, group skills, and participants interests, the guide may suggest various places to visit, including beaches, the Caloura locality, Vila Franca do Campo, or other spots where you can opt for a refreshing or hot drink. Note: Depending on the weather conditions, the activity may change its order or structure.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades 4X4 Tour with Lunch

9. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades 4X4 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. We pick up and drop off at most hotels in Ponta Delgada Dine at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch. Leave Ponta Delgada behind and travel towards the western crater of Sete Cidades. Be surrounded by the natural beauty as the sound of silence embraces you. See the rim of the crater and get the best views in São Miguel. Visit the church of São Nicolau, and have a small comfort stop inside the crater. In the afternoon we Discover the beautiful crater of Lagoa do Fogo, also known as Fire Lake. If the weather is clear, you can view the island of Santa Maria from afar.

From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo & Hot Springs Day Trip

10. From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo & Hot Springs Day Trip

Discover Lagoa do Fogo Crater Lake - Day Trip from Ponta Delgada. Embark on a captivating journey to explore the pristine beauty of Fogo crater lake, departing from Ponta Delgada. This day trip promises a delightful experience as you uncover local treasures at a pottery factory, relish leisure time at the Caldeira Velha Hot Springs, tour a local tea plantation, and capture stunning coastal panoramas from picturesque viewpoints. Kickstart your adventure with a convenient morning pickup, right from your accommodation in Ponta Delgada, where you'll board an air-conditioned van. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic drive to a local pottery haven, Cerâmica Vieira, where a vibrant array of pottery, including pots, cups, tiles, and plates, awaits your admiration. Next, journey to the mesmerizing Fogo Lake, nestled within the Água de Pau Massif stratovolcano. Marvel at its lush green shores and the captivating turquoise waters. Continue your exploration with a visit to the rejuvenating Caldeira Velha Hot Springs, where you'll have an hour of free time. Consider purchasing a ticket to soak in the therapeutic hot spring waters for the ultimate relaxation (please message us in advance if you wish to purchase a swimming ticket). Before lunch, seek recommendations from your knowledgeable guide on where to enjoy a satisfying meal. After your meal break, venture to Gorreana, the oldest tea plantation in Europe, where you'll be enchanted by the sight of lush, layered tea crops. Then, make your way to four panoramic viewpoints, perfect for capturing coastal vistas in all their glory. NOTE: Our tours remain unaffected by the new measures regarding visits to Fogo Lake. With this tour, you can freely explore Fogo Lake without the need for additional tickets or waiting in shuttle lines. Book now to embark on an unforgettable journey to Fogo Lake and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of São Miguel!

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We made the tour in early March and had Eduardo as our guide. He showed us also some special places which were not overcrowed by tourists. This was really nice. The typical lunch was very rich and offered a big variety of local dishes. We had nice conversations with Eduardo and would do tours with him again.

André was an excellent guide and very knowledgable. I very much appreciated that he took us for lunch to a place where only locals would go. Also, he would give the right amount of information at each place we stopped. I very much enjoyed the tour and I would highly recommend it!

The trip was excellent and as per our expectations. Andrea even helped us to drop us at the airport at the end of the itinerary to collect our baggage which was lost by our airlines. Overall, we are super happy with this day trip and would recommend this to everyone.

Joe was an excellent guide. We had a great tour. He was very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. The lunch that was included was a buffet so we had a chance to try lots of different food. We saw some beautiful sites and learned a lot about the Azores!

Our guide/driver Philip is a cool guide! He speaks perfect English. We had a great time taking the tour with him . We covered so many beautiful and interesting places in one day. I highly recommend this tour !!!