Escape to Sao Miguel

Regions

São Miguel

Starting Point

Ponta Delgada

Best time to travel

All yea

Recommended Length

3 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Adventure Getaway

Activity Level **

4/5

If you are looking for lots of outdoor adventures in fantastic scenery and only have limited time at your hands, this adventure escape to São Miguel on the Azores is for you. Enjoy fantastic hiking and canyoning in lush green nature on volcanic grounds, indulge in Azorian flavours on a guided culinary tour and find time to relax in the geothermal waters of the Terra Nostra Baths at Furnas.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ hiking tour along the beautiful Sete Cidades lakes
✓ explore the highlights of Ponta Delgada on a guided culinary tour
✓ visit the geothermal area of Furnas and cook your won Cozido over the hot springs
✓ relax in the beautiful Terra Nostra Gardens and bath
✓ canyoning adventure in the lush Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Nature Park

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - Arrival - culinary Ponta Delgada walking tour - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 2 - hiking at Cete Cidades - pineapple plantation - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 3 - canyoning in the Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Natural Park - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 4 - cook your own Cozido over the Furnas hot springs - Terra Nostra Baths - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 5 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SAO MIGUEL - CULINARY PONTA DELGADA WALKING TOUR
Welcome to Sao Miguel, the largest island of the Azores archipelago. After check-in, you will have some free time to explore the lively street of Ponta Delgada, the biggest town on Sao Miguel and the Azores, with it's colourful marina and historic buildings before joining a guided food tour to taste some unique local Azorian flavours and to learn about food and drink traditions.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 2 - HIKING AT SETE CIDADES - VISIT A PINEAPPLE PLANTATION
The beautiful Sete Cidades crates with its two blue and green lakes are a must see for anybody visiting Sao Miguel and the Azores. A hiking tour will take you around the calderas, from where you will be able to enjoy the beautiful views over the lakes, the green island and the blue Atlantic ocean.
Enjoy a authentic hearty lunch in a local restaurant before visiting a pineapple plantation in the afternoon. The Azores are the only place in Europe where pineapples are grown in green houses and you will learn more about the cultivation and harvesting process while sampling some tasty creative pineapple treats.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 3 - CANYONING IN THE RIBEIRA DOS CALDEIROES
In the Northeast of Sao Miguel lies the beautiful Ribeira dos Calderioes Nature park, characterized by lush green vegetation, thick forests and vivid mountain streams carving their way down the volcanic rock. You will get close to the unspoiled nature in the area on a canyoning adventure, where you will explore the park by swimming and walking along the river bed, climbing, abseiling, jumping and sliding along natural slides.
The afternoon is free to spend in Ponta Delgada.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 4 - FURNAS THERMAL HOT SPRINGS
Today is fully dedicated to the geothermal heritage of Sao Miguel, which can be explored first hands in the Furnas area in the East of Sao Miguel. You will join in a traditional Cozido cooking class, where you first will participate in the preparation of the tasty national dish. You will then visit the hot springs area, where the Cozido is lowered under ground and will be cooked for 6 hours over the hot steam rising from the thermal springs! You will have time to visit the lush green Terra Nostra Gardens and enjoy a dip in the thermal waters of the Terra Nostra baths surrounded by beautiful nature.
Feast on your Cozido and discover the unique flavours added by its original cooking style.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE
You will say goodbye to beautiful Ponta Delgada and make your way back home.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

"When to travel
The Azores can be visited all year round. Even though the Azores High is often responsible for sunny weather across Europe, almost any day on the Azores has four seasons. You will experience short intervals of rain showers and sunshine or strong winds followed by completely calm periods. Especially the northern coasts are exposed and experience turbulent waters and strong winds. The southern sides, especially on the higher islands, generally enjoy calmer and milder conditions. Quite often, the mountain ranges are covered in fog.
The eastern island of Santa Maria is the warmest of the islands and the further you travel west, the rougher the conditions get.
Temperatures on the Azores are moderate throughout the year with fairly mild winters and average around 14 degrees C in February and 28 degrees in August. Temperatures only drop slightly over night. Humidity is quite high with the high summer months July and August being hot and muggy. Rain spreads evenly over the months, but you will find much stronger winds over the winter months. Either way, you should always prepare with a windproof rain coat or jacket and a warm jumper between October and May.
The most popular time to travel to the Azores for many is between June and September with July and August being busy with foreign visitors. Capacity is limited, so it is recommendable to plan ahead if you are planning to travel over the high summer months. April to June and September and October are perfect for exploring the islands and for getting active.

How to travel
The Azores can be reached by plane with Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel being the point of arrival. SATA/Azores airlines offers direct flights from a number of places in Europe and North America and there are also connections from Europe with Ryanair, SWISS or TAP.
SATA/Azores Airlines offers regular flights between the islands for affordable rates, which is the fastest and easiest way to get around. There are also regular ferry connections between the islands, which are a good option for shorter rides, for example between Sao Jorge, Faial and Pico. Some of the ferry services do not operate daily and only in the high season.
The easiest way to get around on the islands is by rental car or chauffeur driven service. We also offer the possibility to offer day trips where the transport is automatically included.

Travelling with children
Portugal is very kids friendly in general, cots and high chairs are available in most hotels upon request. Smaller, kids-sized portions are available in almost any restaurant.
The scenery across the islands is green and lush, making it a fantastic outdoor destination to enjoy nature, volcanic heritage, culture and thermal hot springs. Hiking, cycling and guided walking and sight-seeing tours are suitable for any age, but usually a minimum age of eight years or older is required for some of the more physical activities like canyoning or coasteering. If you have any concerns, please talk to us and we will be happy to help you pick the right activities.
You will not find many beaches on the Azores, but older kids will love to explore the volcanic coastline and the crystal clear waters on snorkeling and swimming adventures. Whale watching tours are leaving from various locations across the islands and make for a wonderful trip to enjoy with the whole family.

What to bring
Temperatures climb well over 25 degrees over the day in the summer months, but the climate remains humid and you should prepare for rainy episodes, so a waterproof jacket should always be at hand. Light clothes are recommended if you are travelling in summer, but you should also pack for some lower temperatures and wind if you are planning on climbing Pico mountain or boarding a whale watching tour. If you are travelling outside the summer months, you should bring a few warm jumpers. Further, a sunhat, sunglasses and sun lotion will be useful.
A proper camera is indispensable to capture the beautiful landscape and the fantastic view. For hiking tours, bring a waterproof backpack to store your essentials and some proper (ideally waterproof) hiking shoes/boots. "

 

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting the Azores, please follow the link below.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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