Caldeira Velha Hot Springs

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São Miguel West: Sete Cidades and Fogo Tour with Lunch

1. 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.

Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Full-Day Tour with Lunch

2. Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Full-Day 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.

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

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

The day begins with a pick up from your hotel or accommodation to visit a traditional pineapple plantation. See biological culture developed in greenhouses where it is possible to taste the pineapple's liquor. The journey continues on the west coast of the island, where you will enjoy the view over the newest and narrowest part of São Miguel and both coasts from the Pico de Carvão‘s viewpoint. Surrounded by the greenest vegetation, you will find in Vista do Rei's viewpoint the Sete Cidades volcanic complex. From here, you will see the famous blue and green twin lakes, as well as Santiago's lake, as viewed from the crater. A stop will be made in the picturesque Sete Cidades town where lunch will be served in a regional restaurant. In the afternoon, the tour goes along the coast enjoying the western landscape to arrive at Capelas, an ancient whaling village. Another stop at Pedras Negras‘s viewpoint to see the northern coast of the island. Continuing on the north coast, you will stop to visit the Ribeira Grande city and its historic center. As well, you will go to the Regional Liquor’s Factory and taste a variety of liquors. After that, visit Caldeira Velha, a natural reserve, to take an optional bath and enjoy the warm water from a waterfall. The last stop will be to take a look over the fantastic Lagoa do Fogo. Returning to Ponta Delgada going down by Pico da Barrosa, you will once more have the stunning view over the newest and narrowest part of the island.

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

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

Explore the beauty of the Lagoa do Fogo crater lake on this day trip from Ponta Delgada. Search for local treasures at a pottery factory, have free time to enjoy the Caldeira Velha Hot Springs, visit a local tea plantation, and capture pictures of the coast from points with sweeping views.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation Ponta Delgada in the morning and board an airconditioned van. Sit back and relax on the drive to a local pottery factory. View a colorful assortment of pots, cups, tiles, and plates at the Cerâmica Vieira pottery factory.  Travel to the Lagoa do Fogo crater lake that is nestled into the Água de Pau Massif stratovolcano. Take in its verdant shores and turquoise waters. Head to the hot springs of Caldeira Velha for an hour of free time where you can purchase a ticket to soak in the waters of the hot springs. Get some recommendations on where to purchase lunch from your guide before taking a meal break. After lunch make a stop at Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe. Admire the lush green layered crops before continuing to 4 viewpoints where you can take pictures of the highlands and the coast. 

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

5. 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.

Private Tour: Sete Cidades & Fogo Lake

6. Private Tour: Sete Cidades & Fogo Lake

This tour will allow you to explore the best locations of the island, including lakes sceneries within volcano craters, shore views, and even sceneries from the highest island's grounds including one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal and an active but dormant volcano of Lagoa do Fogo.  Be picked up at any location in Ponta Delgada. Your tour guide will be pleased to pick you and to do a briefing of your tour. This is a good time to customize your itinerary, if you wish. One of the interesting initial stops are at the Azorean pineapple plantations where your tour guide will explain all the stages and where you can try a free sample of the local pineapple liquor. After this the group will go uphill to the large western volcano Sete Cidades and make a stop on Pico do Carvão viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island.  Grota do Inferno viewpoint is just ahead. From there you have some amazing sceneries within the Sete Cidades caldera and you can see the most beautiful lakes (Rasa lake, Santiago lake and the twin blue and green lakes). Following next, your tour guide takes the group to Vista do Rei viewpoint, from where you can admire the most famous perspective over the twin lakes of Sete Cidades and it's population. Next, head down to the Sete Cidades settlement next to the twin lakes and explore the most interesting spots nearby the lake. On the way back, reach the south shore heading to the Fogo volcano. Your tour guide will take you to the highest point of this central volcano, up to 947 meters above sea level at Pico da Barrosa. From there, as you explore the inner crater you can enjoy and stop at Fogo Lake. Right next to the Fogo lake is Caldeira Velha, an outdoor garden with hot thermal pools that you may enjoy. Finally the last stops will be at Ribeira Grande where you can learn the local way of living and stop at Santa Bárbara beach, the most popular site for surfers, to refresh yourself and enjoy the local shore view.

From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day Guided Trip

7. From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day Guided Trip

Enjoy the natural blue hue of the natural reserve, Fogo Lake. Visit the Caldeira Velha with its hot waterfall and natural pool for swimming. Explore a 4WD trail to a fresh water waterfall (a small trail hike can be included if wanted). Witness evidence of volcano activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras.

From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour of Lagoa do Fogo

8. From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour of Lagoa do Fogo

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Pico da Barrosa. At Pico da Barrosa, you’ll be able to see views of the entire island including, Lagoa do Fogo. See Lagoa do Fogo, a crater lake located in the middle of the island. See the Interpretation Center of Caldeira Velha, a structure dedicated to the promotion of natural heritage. Take in the beauty of the Salto Do Cabrito waterfall and Ribeira Grand located on the northern part of the island.

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

9. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

Explore Sete Cidades and the Vista do Rei on this full-day guided tour. Begin bright and early for plenty of time to take in panoramic views, relax in thermal baths and try local liqueur. Depart from your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head north to start your adventure. Pass by multiple viewpoints located at Pico do Carvão, Lagoa do Canário, Grota do Inferno and the Vista do Rei. Enjoy views over the two volcanic crater lakes of Sete Cidades, and visit the parish located between the lakes. After lunch, visit the Vieira Ceramics Factory located in the city of Lagoa. Then go to the viewpoint at the top of Lagoa do Fogo, for stunning views over the lake. On the journey down the mountain, stop to enjoy the thermal baths in Caldeira Velha. Next, visit the Mulher do Capote factory, and taste Portuguese liqueurs. Continue to Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande. To conclude the trip, visit the pineapple plantation located at Fajã de Baixo in Ponta Delgada, before being dropped off at your accommodation.

Private 'Sao Miguel Highlights' Tour for groups up to 8

10. Private 'Sao Miguel Highlights' Tour for groups up to 8

Experience the beautiful island of São Miguel on an intimate private tour for just you and your group. Be joined by friends or family on a fascinating adventure through mystifying lagoons, mighty waterfalls, and relaxing hot springs. Enjoy a quiet stroll around the oldest tea plantation in Europe. After being picked up from your Ponta Delgada hotel, head toward the world-famous Sete Cidades lagoon, formed by a crater. Take in panoramic views of the site from Vista do Rei viewpoint, then stop by the lagoon and buy a cup of coffee if you wish to. Drive over to the central part of the island. Enjoy the chance to purchase lunch at Ribeira Grande, the second biggest city in São Miguel, then visit Gorreana Plantation to walk around the ancient tea fields. Move on to the striking Salto do Cabrito waterfalls and become surrounded by an inspiring natural landscape. Up next, arrive at Caldeira Velha hot springs, where a hot waterfall connects with a pond, providing stunning scenery for a relaxing time. End your trip with a stop at Lagoa do Fogo, the highest lagoon on the island at more than 500 meters in height, then be transported back to your hotel. Mix and match all of these amazing locations on the island and let us help you create an unforgetable journey, customized especially for you.

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What people are saying about Caldeira Velha Hot Springs

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4.8 / 5

based on 423 reviews

Starting our short vacation in Sao Miguel we do not imagine the real beauty of this place. The main person responsible for this revelation was our guide, Hugo Melo, from Green Vision Tours (www.greenvisiontours.com), who with his liveliness, willingness, knowledge, but above all with his love for his place, made us love his island too. The program we had agreed on was absolutely respected, and Hugo was very consistent in his services and in all his obligations and further on, making us feel like a friend. Thus our discussions extended to many other issues, which went beyond the information about the areas we visited, interchanging experiences and thoughts for our countries and socities, and for their common european future. Hugo, Thank you very much for what you showed us and taught us and we hope to meet again on your island and have your company again. Maria & Nikiforos, Greece

Our trip was great. Mario was a fantastic tour guide with excellent knowledge and a very friendly and fun person to be around. We had the chance to see a pineapple plantation, Sete Cidades and eat at a local buffet which was delicious. Unfortunately we did not get chance to see Lagao do Fogo since the weather was too cloudy but instead Mario took us to a wonderful waterfall. Overall really enjoyed the day and can highly recommend, it was very peaceful.

We booked this tour to cover both sides of the island, the views on this tour were just spectacular. Vera was a really good tour guide she managed to squeeze in so much for us.

Weather wasn’t perfect but still a beautiful day to see amazing nature paired with a lovely buffet lunch that included drinks dessert and coffee

The tour was great even though it was raining for some parts and cloudy!