FAMILY ADVENTURE ON SAO MIGUEL

Regions

São Miguel

Starting Point

São Miguel

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

8 - 10 days

Minimum Age*

from 6 years

Activity Level **

3/5

São Miguel, the main island of the Azores, is the perfect playground for any family adventure. The rich volcanic heritage with spectacular ancient caldeiras, deep blue crater lakes and hot thermal springs all over the island makes a perfect setting for many outdoor activities. A week full of hiking, snorkeling, canyoning or kayaking is waiting for you while you enjoy the beautiful lush green scenery and the rugged coastline around the volcanic rock. Discover rich wildlife on and around the island and enjoy the gastronomic traditions of the Azores experience while enjoying quality time with the family.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ family adventure tour on the island of São Miguel
✓ hiking, kayaking and SUP tours around the volcanic crater lakes at Sete Cidades, Fogo and Furnas
✓ experience marine wildlife on a whale and dolphin watching tour
✓ snorkeling tour to discover amazing submarine life and discover fascinating rock formations
✓ relax in the thermal hot springs at Furnas and the Caldeira Velha
✓ fun-filled canyoning adventure in the beautiful Ribeira dos Caldeirões Nature Park
✓ learn how to make your own ice-cream from local flavors

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 2 - dolphin and whale watching tour - free time in Ponta Delgada - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 3 - hiking and SUP at Sete Cidades - visit to a pineapple plantation - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 4 - hiking at Lagoa do Fogo - Caldeira Velha - snorkeling at Vila Franco do Campo - overnight in Furnas
Day 5 - free day around Furnas - Terra Nostra Park and Bath - overnight Furnas
Day 6 - canyoning in the Ribeira dos Caldeirões - overnight in Furnas
Day 7 - day tour around the Nordeste - overnight in Furnas
Day 8 - traditional ice cream making class - Northern coast beaches - overnight in Furnas
Day 9 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SAO MIGUEL
Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Ponta Delgada. You will have the rest of the day to explore the lively capital of São Miguel with its colonial architecture, lush green gardens and beautiful marina.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 2 - WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING TOUR
The day starts with an exciting whale watching tour. The Azores are one of the best places in the world for whale watching, counting more than 20 species in the surrounding waters. Both the resident common dolphins and the majestic whales offer a true experience to learn more about the fascinating Azores marine wildlife in a sustainable and safe way. The afternoon is free to spend around Ponta Delgada.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 3 - HIKING AND SUP AT SETE CIDADES
The beautiful green and blue lakes of the water-filled caldera at Sete Cidades are a great spot for hiking and other water activities. Enjoy the fantastic views over eastern São Miguel, the lakes and the Atlantic from the various viewpoints on top of the lakes. It is then time to get active as you will take to the waters and test your paddling skills in a fun kayaking or SUP adventure to experience the wonderful lush scenery on the calm waters.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 4 - LAGOA DO FOGO - CALDEIRA VELHA - SNORKELING AT VILA FRANCA DO CAMPO
As you are heading towards the eastern part of São Miguel, you will stop at the majestic Lagoa do Fogo, a beautiful old caldera filled with mysterious calm, deep waters. Enjoy a hike through the beautiful lush nature to take in the stunning views over the lake or visit the Caldeira Velha environmental center with its beautiful natural thermal pools. An exciting snorkeling adventure will take you out to the Vila Franca do Campo islet off the southern coast, where you can explore some of the Azores' amazing and varied submarine life and geological heritage in the crystal clear waters.
Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 5 - THERMAL SPRINGS AND POOLS AT FURNAS
Furnas is famous for its nearby geothermal hot springs, but it is also a charming village with white buildings, decorated churches and cozy little streets. The Caldeiras das Furnas are spread all over the little town and you will encounter mini geysers, water and mud springs while strolling through the village. Several walking routes around the Furnas Lake let you enjoy the beautiful views over the water and eastern São Miguel. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Terra Nostra Park with its beautiful lush gardens and the thermal swimming pools made from iron-rich yellow waters!
Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 6 - CANYONING IN THE RIBEIRA DOS CALDEIROES
An exciting adventure in a beautiful natural setting awaits you today as you will head to theRibeira dos Caldeirões Nature Park in northern São Miguel. The green park is set along a stream running from the mountain ranges, creating a perfect natural playground. You will explore the park on a thrilling canyoning adventure, where you will climb over rocks, walk in the stream, slide down ravines, abseil and jump into waterfalls.
Overnight in Furnas.

Day 7 - NORDESTE
Set out to the north-eastern part of São Miguel, where you will discover small fishing villages, cozy bays, lush green nature and breath-taking viewpoints over the Atlantic ocean and eastern São Miguel. Follow along the spectacular coastline and take in a traditional piece of São Miguel, steeped into culture, tradition and heritage.
Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 8 - TRADITIONAL ICE CREAM MAKING - BEACHES OF THE NORTHERN COAST
The day starts with a visit to a traditional farm , where you will meet some of the farm animals and learn about traditional farming on the Azores. You will then head to the traditional production halls, where you will learn how to prepare delicious traditional ice cream from the Azores made from local fruits like pineapple or passion fruit!,
Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the northern coast of São Miguel, relax at the natural rock pools at Maia or the scenic beach at Moinhos.
Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 9 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard hotels or guesthouses
- private transfers 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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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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