ADVENTURE WEEK ON SAO MIGUEL

Regions

Sao Miguel

Starting Point

Sao Miguel

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

8 - 10 days

Minimum Age*

Road Trip Adventure

Activity Level **

3/5

São Miguel alone is worth a visit and is the perfect destination if you are limited for time. Explore all corners of the island from Ponta Delgada and Furnas while enjoying fantastic adventures like hiking, canyoning, kayaking or whale watching and spend some relaxing days in the soothing warm waters at the thermal springs of Furnas.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ discover the beautiful volcanic heritage and lush scenery of São Miguel
✓ hiking tours at Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo
✓ whale and dolphin watching tour from Ponta Delgada
✓ traditional cooking experience at a stately quinta in the countryside
✓ canyoning adventure in the beautiful Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Nature Park
✓ relax and unwind at the beautiful Terra Nostra SPA, baths and gardens

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - TukTuk tour in Ponta Delgada - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 2 - whale and dolphin watching tour - overnight in Ponta Delgada (25km)
Day 3 - hiking and SUP at the Sete Cidades lakes - pineapple plantation - overnight in Ponta Delgada (70km)
Day 4 - Traditional cooking class in a stately quinta - overnight in Ponta Delgada (60km)
Day 5 - hiking on Lagoa do Fogo - snorkeling Vila Franca do Campo - overnight in Furnas (50km)
Day 6 - canyoning at the Ribeira dos Caldeiroes - Nordeste - overnight in Furnas (80km)
Day 7 - Free time in Furnas - cook your own Cozido over thermal hot springs - overnight in Furnas
Day 8 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SAO MIGUEL
Transfer to Ponta Delgada center after arrival. After check-in, you will be picked up by your private guide, who will show you the highlights of Ponta Delgada on a unique TukTuk tour! Enjoy the rest of the day strolling through the lively streets of the main city on the Azores and visit some of the buzzing bars and restaurants.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 2 - DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCHING TOUR
Over 20 different whale species call the clear and nutrition rich waters around the Azores islands their home. You will get the chance to see these fascinating animals in their natural habitat on a zoodiac boat tour, which approaches the gentle giants in a respectful and sustainable way and gives you the opportunity to observe the mammals from up close in their natural habitat. The rest of the day is free to spend in Ponta Delgada.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 3 - HIKING & SUP AT SETE CIDADES - MOSTEIROS BEACH - FERRARIA SPA
Make your way to the stunning blue and green Sete Cidades lakes. The shimmering lakes set in the volcanic craters are home to many legends and are considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. You can walk around the Caldeira in 3 - 4 hours and enjoy the fabulous views over the lakes and São Miguel. In the afternoon, you will get to test your stand-up paddle skills on the calm waters of the lake before visiting the black sand Mosteiros beach or the natural Ferraria SPA.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 4 - COOKING CLASS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
A special culinary experience is waiting for you today as you will visit a stately quinta in the countryside of São Miguel, where you will join in a traditional cooking class with a small group. Visit the farm and the local market to pick some fresh ingredients before retreating to the traditional kitchen to prepare your meal for the afternoon. Make new friends and listen to everyday stories from the Azores before enjoying your sumptuous, local and traditional meal.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 5 - LAGOA DO FOGO - SNORKELING AT VILAFRANCA DO CAMPO - FURNAS
Leave Ponta Delgada after breakfast and head to the beautiful Fogo Lake located in the heart of São Miguel. The area around the crater lake is popular for hiking and you can take a dip surrounded by lush green vegetation in the Caldeira Velha hot spring at the interpretative center. Discover São Miguel's fascinating submarine life in the crystal clear waters on a snorkeling trip from Vilafranca do Campo before continuing to Furnas.
Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 6 - CANYONING AT RIBIERA DOS CALDEIROES - NORTHWEASTERN SAO MIGUEL
Embark on a canyoning adventure today in the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Nature Park in the northeast of São Miguel. Follow the mountain stream while jumping in and out of the water, sliding down ravines, climbing over rocks, swimming or walking along the riverbed. A fun adventure to enjoy the beautiful nature setting. Follow the winding road around the northeastern part of São Miguel for stunning views over the island and Atlantic ocean and to discover small towns and villages.
Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 7 - COOK YOUR OWN COZIDO
Today you will participate in the preparation of the Azores most traditional dish - Cozido, a traditional stew made with meats, chorizo and vegetables! The special Cozido das Furnas is cooked over the hot steams and air arising from the spring area at Furnas. Help with the preparation of the sumptuous dish before it is being lowered under the surface to cook for six hours. Take a dip in the Terra Nostra bath while you wait or discover the area around Furnas on one of the beautiful walks before enjoying your Cozido for dinner.
Overnight in Furnas.

Day 8 - Departure
You will make your way to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels and/or guesthouses
- private transfers or 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

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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.

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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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For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to the Azores, please visit our Useful Information on the Azores page.

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