Adventure Week on São Miguel
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Adventure Week on São Miguel
Thanks to its lush green scenery and volcanic heritage, São Miguel on the Azores alone is worth a visit and the perfect destination for an outdoor adventure filled holiday. With this one week itinerary, you will have time to explore all corners of the island from Ponta Delgada, Sete Cidades, Furnas and the Nordeste while enjoying fantastic outdoor activitites including hiking, canyoning, kayaking or whale watching and spend some relaxing days in the soothing warm waters at the thermal waters at Furnas and the Caldeira Velha.
✓ 7 nts in hotels / guesthouses in Ponta Delgada and Furnas
✓ private car hire for the entire trip
✓ explore the beautiful scenery of São Miguel on guided and self-guided outdoor adventures
✓ free time to discover São Miguel in your own pace
✓ enjoy unique local gastronomy while preparing your own Azores cozido cooked over the hot springs
At a Glance
Day 1 - arrival and overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 2 - whale and dolphin watching tour
Day 3 - discover the beautiful Sete Cidades valley on foot and on an SUP adventure
Day 4 - relax in the thermal waters at the tropical Caldeira Velha spring
Day 5 - Cook your own Cozido at the geothermal area at Furnas - relax in the Terra Nostra thermal baths
Day 6 - explore the authentic Nordeste region of São Miguel
Day 7 - canyoning adventure in the Ribeira dos Caldeirões - visit to Lagoa do Fogo
Day 8 - departure
Landbased Outdoor Adventures - Hiking
São Miguel is a paradise for hiking, offering a wide range of trails and paths suited to all levels and tastes. Enjoy the fabulous views around the magical Sete Cidades Lakes, venture along the shores of the mysterious Lagoa do Fogo or discover beautiful coastal paths in the Nordeste area of São Miguel in your own pace.
Waterbased Outdoor Adventures - Wahle Watching, SUP / Kayaking and Canyoning
There are 24 different whale and dolphin species resident to the waters around the Azores Islands, making the archipelago one of the best places in the world to observe whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Embark on a whale and dolphin watching adventure to meet the gentle giants of the sea up close.
Take to the waters on the calm waters of the Sete Cidades or Furnas lake and enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful surrounding landscape on a kayaking or SUP adventure.
The rugged but lush green scenery of São Miguel is made for canyoning! Explore hidden rivers, gorges and enjoy beautiful views as you climb, slide, jump and walk along a riverbed and canyon in the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Nature Park.
Cultural Adventures - Ponta Delgada and Nordeste
Explore the lively streets of the Azores capital Ponta Delgada with it's buzzing bars and restaurants, beautiful historic, colonial-style buildings and scenic gardens. Enjoy the vibe around the lively promenade and relax in the cosy cafes and bars as you watch the world go by.
Tour around the less visited Nordeste region of São Miguel in your own time and discover small coastal villages, beautiful landscapes and fasntastic views over the Atlantic.
Local Experiences - Hot Springs and Cook your own Cozido
Sit back and relax in the soothing thermal waters of the many hot springs and pools on São Miguel, for example the iconic Terra Nostra baths at Furnas or the beautiful Caldeira Velha pools surrounded by lush green scenery. São Miguel also offers some heated seawater pools, like Ponta da Ferraria.
You will not only visit the hot springs area at Furnas, but you will also participate in a truly unique cooking experience that can only be found on São Miguel. Cook your own Cozido the Azores way, where you will help to prepare this sumptuous dish from the Azores before it is put underground and cooked over the rising steam of the hot springs for six hours! An unforgetable culinary experience.