Day trip

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

4.9 / 5

49 reviews

Activity provider: Pure Azores Tours
Day trip

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

Activity provider: Pure Azores Tours

From US$ 75.44 per person

Escape the big crowds and discover amazing places in São Miguel Island away from the main tourist sights.

About this activity

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Pickup included
If you are staying in Ponta Delgada city, please wait for pickup at your accommodation door between 9-9:20 AM. The local partner will go to the accommodation you provided at booking; there is no need to confirm pick-up. If staying outside of the 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) pickup radius of Ponta Delgada city, please meet at the tourism information office in Ponta Delgada downtown, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 9500-769 Ponta Delgada, Portugal. Alternatively, contact the local partner to request a pickup at an additional cost.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • See sights far off the beaten track
  • Discover little-known waterfalls and water streams
  • See amazing views from the island's peaks
  • Learn about the native vegetation of the Azores
Full description
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.
  • Lunch, drink of your choice (wine, beer, etc.), dessert and coffee
  • Water bottle
  • Pickup and drop-off within 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of Ponta Delgada city center

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking in the vehicle

    Know before you go

    • Be sure to bring warm clothing as the mountain viewpoints may be windy and chilly
    • Please wear sturdy shoes for brief walks
    • Please contact operator if you wish to request a pickup outside of Ponta Delgada for an extra fee
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 49 reviews

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    Wow what a great experience. We had been to the island multiple times before and never thought too much of the we are looking forward to coming back and having Fernando take us to the other half of the island. We went to spectacular places where nobody else was, the views were amazing and the experience of being there with a knowledgeable guide who spoke perfect English made it a day that is tough to top. We didn't see a tour bus or large group the entire day. Lunch was at a local dining spot that has a small buffet to cover anyone's dietary needs. When we first arrived they brought us fresh bread and cheese. You hear farm to table all over the place but this food was from items grown or made in the area and it was special and delicious. We arrived to find that our small group tour only had only my husband and I. The company didn't even think to merge us with other tours they were running. We know that if we book with them we WILL get the tour and not be canceled on.

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    March 26, 2023

    Incredible experience! We saw the most amazing places which as the title states are ‘hidden gems’! Fernando was our friendly guide for the day, who was so knowledgeable about the Azores! He made the tour so much fun & we all thoroughly enjoyed our day! Lunch was delicious - with an abundance of different foods to sample! This tour is completely different to all the other tours we booked - and finished our holiday off just perfectly!

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    March 26, 2023

    We loved this tour with Joao! He was very fun to spend the whole day with and shared so many interesting facts about the Azores. The areas he took us to were beautiful and he was very good at re-routing based on weather patterns to avoid rain. If you could only do one tour in the Azores, I would recommend this one, though if you could do two I'd say this one plus one of the less hidden gems :)

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    March 26, 2023

    Product ID: 238407