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Furnas: Tea Plantations, Lake and Volcano Guided Tour

1. Furnas: Tea Plantations, Lake and Volcano Guided Tour

Explore São Miguel's Natural Wonders: Tea Plantations, Hot Springs, and More! Discover the breathtaking natural beauty of São Miguel with our guided tour, starting right from your accommodation. Immerse yourself in lush landscapes, stunning vistas, and captivating landmarks throughout your journey. Begin your adventure with a visit to Gorreana Tea Plantation, Europe's oldest tea plantation, and enjoy complimentary tea tasting amidst the picturesque plantation. Stroll through the tea fields, taking in the serene surroundings. Next, make your way to Furnas, where you'll explore the enchanting valley and indulge in a soothing dip in the hot springs, a perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. After your revitalizing hot spring experience, enjoy a traditional lunch in Furnas and have the famous “Cozido das Furnas” or explore the diverse menu options available. Following lunch, take a leisurely walk around the picturesque lagoon to fully embrace the natural beauty. Continue your journey with a visit to the viewpoint of the world-renowned islet of Vila Franca, known for its unique charm and allure. Finally, conclude your unforgettable tour in Ponta Delgada with a visit to the captivating pineapple plantations. Book now to embark on an unforgettable adventure through São Miguel's natural wonders!

São Miguel: Full-Day Nordeste & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

2. São Miguel: Full-Day Nordeste & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

Taking the road that travels along the North coast reach Nordeste, usually referred as the 10th island for its remoteness, and the oldest geological part of São Miguel. Mountains, woods, waterfalls, belvederes that rise over the sea, beautiful villages, and a multitude of flowers mark this area. It is possible to find genuine handicrafts and delicious gastronomy here which you can see and taste at your stop in Nordeste village. After lunch continue the tour around the east part of the island until you reach the village of Povoação, the place where the first settlers set foot on the island. Finish the day with a stop at Salto do Cavalo belvedere.

Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

3. Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

Start the tour by leaving Ponta Delgada and traveling towards the north coast. Make the first stop at Ribeira dos Caldeirões in the municipality of Nordeste. See the beautiful waterfall, known as Véu da Noiva, and the surrounding watermills and gardens. Pass through picturesque villages as you travel on towards the wonderful viewpoints of Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada, on the eastern tip of the island. View the beautiful lighthouse from the top of the cliff. Stop for lunch which will be served in the village of Povoação, the oldest settlement on the island. In the afternoon, relax near the sea or explore the historic center of Povoação. Return to Ponta Delgada along the south coast, passing by Furnas Lake and Vila Franca do Campo.

Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

4. 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.

Full-Day Faial da Terra + Nordeste from Ponta Delgada

5. Full-Day Faial da Terra + Nordeste from Ponta Delgada

Faial da Terra is a small village belonging to Povoação, located in the South East of São Miguel Island. Your walking tour will start with a casual stroll down a steep, narrow road that will you lead to Sanguinho. Sanguinho is a village abandoned since the early 70s and is now undergoing a restoration process. You can walk through this place and see the relics of a time gone by, plus the new modern development that is taking place.  Continue your trail through the dense and lush woods, with many short up and downhill stretches between picturesque vegetation. Proceeding along the walk you will finally reach Salto Do Prego waterfall. Amidst the secluded area and near the cascading water you can have a dip before enjoying a delicious picnic lunch. After regaining energy, the road will take us to various viewpoints on the coast of Nordeste. Among them, we will visit Ponta do Sossego and Vista dos Barcos. These landscapes are especially famous on Instagram. Indeed, the green high cliffs with flowers of every color create beautiful scenery. Let’s explore a place that has been considered the most flower-rich region of all of Europe. Our last stop of the day will be in the Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões, a nature park full of waterfalls. The biggest waterfall is over 40 meters high and you will have time to contemplate it and absorb these nature’s vibrations.

Sao Miguel: Buggy Tour around Sete Cidades Volcano

6. Sao Miguel: Buggy Tour around Sete Cidades Volcano

Get ready to drive or be a passenger on the Wolverine® RMAX™4 1000(one of the best UTV's available on the market). This activity is ideal for families or couples looking for adventure and fun. This tour will take you to the highest points that surround Sete Cidades Volcano. The itinerary is On and Offroad and If the weather is good, you can count on awesome views to the lakes and the ocean. Our team of expert guides will ensure your safety and provide brief explanations at each stop. Driver`s license is mandatory for drivers and remember that this is a tour to enjoy the landscapes, not a rally competition.

Private Full day tour by SUV - all island with lunch

7. Private Full day tour by SUV - all island with lunch

Depart from your accommodation and journey along the south coast of São Miguel before heading towards the west side of the island to see one of the 7 wonders of Portugal, the volcanic lakes of sete cidades. From there we will move to the north side of the island to see the beautiful Lagoa do fogo lake. Our Journey continues towards the wonderful waterfalls of Ribeira dos Caldeirões, a very beautiful and quiet Natural Park. Then a stop for a typical Azorean lunch! Finishing Lunch, Furnas Valley is waiting for us to experience its dramatic volcanic landscape. There we can admire the wild viewpoint of the Pico do Ferro for a panoramic view of the valley. Return to the accommodation via the island's north road, and stop at the site of Europe's only tea plantations and tea factory.

Nordeste: Waterfall, Hot Spring and Viewpoints Full-Day Tour

8. Nordeste: Waterfall, Hot Spring and Viewpoints Full-Day Tour

Start the day by being picked up directly from your hotel, to start your journey. First, we head to Parque da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, one of Nordeste's biggest attractions. This natural park is full of endemic flora and serene spots, and even an iconic waterfall. If you are lucky, you might even be able to spot a Priolo, a bird species that is endemic to this area of the island. Next, we visit the Nordeste parish, that was once named the most flowery county in Europe. After that, we'll stop at three viewpoints that provide amazing views of the Northern Coast, each one different from the other. For lunch, we'll stop at Povoação, a delightful and quaint town, where you'll get to eat at a local restaurant that serves authentic traditional meals. After lunch, come take a stroll through this town and enjoy the relaxing setting. Next, we head to Caldeiras das Furnas, where we'll get to see where the traditional Cozido das Furnas is cooked and learn more about this process. To end the day, bathe in the soothing and therapeutic waters of the Poça da Dona Beija hot springs.

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What people are saying about Povoacao

Overall rating

4.8
(86 reviews)

**Review for André, our tour guide in the Azores** André was an excellent tour guide in the Azores! His authentic and warm manner made our tour an unforgettable experience. From the picturesque tea plantations to the impressive hot thermal springs in Furnas, he led us with great enthusiasm and expertise. André was not only informative, but also extremely helpful. I can highly recommend his tours! 👏🌿

Fantastic tour by an even more fantastic guide! We had such a wonderful time on our last day of the holiday. Nordeste is definitely the most beautiful part of the island, and we can’t recommend this tour enough. Thank you Hugo for making such an effort and turning this last day into a perfect one!

We were lucky enough to have this as a private tour. Rui was very knowledgeable, fun to talk with, and creative in setting a tour that filled the gaps in our knowledge of San Miguel. A very fun day, even given less than ideal weather. Highly recommended!

Completely amazing tour with amazing guide - Andre. Best what you can see in thins part of the island. the lunch was a big suprise. Cozido was very tasty and whole lunch was in nice atmosphere like with friends. We love that trip!!

Great day with Leandra. She was very knowledgeable with a lot of personality!