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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.

Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

2. Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

After either gathering at the meeting point or being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to Parque da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, located in the north-east part of the island. It takes around 45 minutes to drive from Ponta Delgada. Get the chance to do rappels, jumps, slides, and rock slides. Start your adventure by trying your first decent, abseiling alongside a waterfall of around 5 meters. Continue your way down the river on an exciting water slide (toboggan), followed by the first jump of around 2 meters in height. Then enjoy wading through the river as you approach the second abseil of around 7 meters which ends in a natural pool. There will be some time for the equipment distribution with the help of your guides before you take a short hike in order to approach the stream followed by a security briefing. On average it is about a 20 to 35-minute hike, depending on the pace of the group. During the full-day option, you will stop for a picnic, and later finish the tour by returning back to town by car.

São Miguel East: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

3. São Miguel East: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of the eastern half of São Miguel island on a guided tour by van. Discover the hot springs at Furnas, the waterfall at Ribeira dos Caldeirões, as well as the remote rugged beauty of the Nordeste region. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the northern coast of the island until you get to the Santa Iria Lookout, with a spectacular, ample view of the north coast in both directions, before continuing to Furnas. Find yourself in Furnas and admire a spectacular panoramic stop to gaze over the lake and town. Descend where you will be given the choice of visiting the geothermal fields and tasting the sparkling waters, or bathing in the hot springs, for an additional fee. Next, discover a traditional way of cooking as your lunch of cozido (stew) is pulled from the warm volcanic soil. In the afternoon, continue the journey eastward, with a stop at the charming waterfall of Ribeira dos Caldeirões.  Explore Nordeste, the most unexplored and rural part of the island. Visit two amazing lookouts over the high cliffs that characterize the East coast of São Miguel, before returning to Ponta Delgada.

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

4. Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

Take a jeep tour from Ponta Delgada and visit the volcanic crater at Sete Cidades. Go along less-used roads and get out into the natural beauty of Portugal. Travel along a small dirt road along the rim of the crater. Enjoy spectacular views and then explore Azorean culture at some of the local villages. Learn about the nature and the culture of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a convenient transfer back to Ponta Delgada at the end of your tour.

Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

5. Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in history on this walking tour of the beautiful Ponta Delgada. You will meet your guide at Portas da Cidade, the 18th-century city gate located right next to the quay.  Your guide will take you back through the history of the town, which started as a fishing village in the 15th century, was later plundered by pirates and corsairs, and saw many naval wars and battles. Discover what drew renowned poets, famous sculptors, and prominent politicians to this small seaside town. Walk along the charming narrow streets, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the people who lived there.

Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

6. 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.

Ponta Delgada: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks

7. Ponta Delgada: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks

Taste your way through the city of Ponta Delgada on a guided food tour. From traditional tea to locally produced fruit and vegetables, learn about Portuguese food culture from your guide with eight tastings and drinks. Begin your tour at Ponta Delgada's historic City Gates monument. Follow your guide through charming alleys to explore the hidden corners of the city. Stop at a tea house to sample locally produced tea with muffins and cheese. Then, continue to the lively farmers' market to try fresh produce. With your guide, learn about some of the most interesting local fruit and vegetables, as well as the oldest tea plantations in Europe and the pineapple plantations. Next, tackle some of the most beloved eateries in town. Take a seat and taste traditional foods while you sip on a refreshing cold drink. In the meantime, hear more about the city's major attractions, including St. Sebastien church, the synagogue, and the town hall. Finish your culinary adventure on a sweet note with an artisanal dessert.

São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Kayak Rental

8. São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Kayak Rental

Venture onto the Lake of Sete Cidades, one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Savor breathtaking natural scenery aboard your canoe on a lake embedded in the crater of an amazing volcano. According to an ancient legend, this stunning lake was the result of a failed love story between a shepherd and a princess who were not meant to be together. The last time they met, the princess, who had blue eyes, cried so much that the Blue Lake was formed, while the shepherd's tears gave birth to the Green Lake. Admire the mystical colors of the 2 lakes located on the western part of São Miguel Island, and paddle your canoe out on the Blue Lake. Have fun canoeing for 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours, depending on the option selected.

From Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

9. From Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

Your tour starts at Ponta Delgada with a briefing about the vehicles and how to manage them. Then, set off to the lakes. During the climb there are amazing viewpoints from both sides of the island. Stop at Lagoa das Empadadas, for views over the volcanic cones to Ribeira Grande.  The adventure really begins at the off-road trail in Cumeeira, with amazing views over the volcano, the mountains, and the ocean. For lunch, enjoy a regional buffet and take some time to explore the village. The tour continues around the green and the blue lakes, with some explanations from the guide about area. Then it's time to go up to the mountains to enjoy views over Lagoa do Santiago, Cerrado das Freiras, and Vista do Rei. For those who just want to drive an all-terrain quad, and for those who want to explore the natural beauty of this region, you will certainly find the adventure you are looking for.

Ponta Delgada: Hidden Gems of São Miguel Full-Day Van Tour

10. Ponta Delgada: Hidden Gems of São Miguel Full-Day Van 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.

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What people are saying about Ponta Delgada

The tour was lovely, our guide, Eduardo, was helpful and gave us lots of interesting info about the island. Luckily the weather was sunny so we were able to see everything. For me the tour was ideal because we didn't have to walk much to reach the viewpoints so it wasn't tiring at all. Personally I'm not into hiking and this tour didn't involve any hiking. Also the lunch is all you can eat from a buffet so the money you pay really pay off. Highly recommend this tour if you don't have a car. I didn't want the tour to come to an end.

I had the pleasure to visiti this wonderful island with Joao and let me tell you it's the most incredible island i've seen. Joao tells you all you need to know about the island and is such a lovely guy. I went here in January and i could not believe my eyes so i can not imagine this in summer. If you are wonderig wherer to take this tour or not, especially with him, believe me, you won't regret. It's a must you have to do here. Thank you very much

We had a fantastic experience with João, our tour guide. He presented an excellent outline of São Miguel's history. We had a fantastic walk around Punta Delgada's streets. João also shared some fantastic restaurant and points of interest and other recommendations. Our tour ended at sunset, in the Botanical Gardens. João exceeded expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend João as a tour guide. This tour was a fantastic deal for our group!

Had a awesome trip to the top of Sete Cidades...over 800 meters. Amazing views. We also so the ruins of a 16th century aqua duct (built similar to those in Italy). The clouds did part for us, so we were able to get some amazing shots of the Crater. Our Guide Marcio was fantastic. He picked us up right from our AirBnB in Ponta Delgada.

Eduardo is a great guide! His extraordinary ability to maneuver allowed us to see all great beauties in the island. We have even seen a double rainbow since we were in right place at the right time :) This island is magical when you travel with a good guide. Highly recommended!