Tours of Sao Miguel
Our guides have lots of local knowledge and they are happy to answer any questions to help you appreciate the flora, fauna, culture and history of the island. They know the roads and trails very well so you can venture into the hidden corners of Sao Miguel without having to worry about getting lost!
Jeep Tours of Sao Miguel
We have chosen to use 4×4 vehicles for our tours of Sao Miguel so that you can have fun exploring little lanes and rough trails in comfort and safety. We run both half day and full day tours and they are suitable for travellers of all ages. As you are not off road all the time the tours are not tiring and there’s plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photographs and get in and out of the jeep. We’re confident that by the end of the trip you’ll have discovered many gorgeous and interesting places that most visitors have never heard of never mind seen!
We run various tours covering the whole island including Sete Cidades, Lagos do Fogo, Nordeste and Furnas and these can be adapted to suit your needs. As these tours include off road driving they might be subject to alterations due to weather or road/track conditions.
Half day tour: Lagoa do Fogo The magnificent Lagoa do Fogo or Lake of Fire is simply unforgettable, a lake that is picture postcard perfect in dramatic natural surroundings! Before visiting the Lagoa do Fogo we will stop off at various interesting places along the way with highlights including the calderas of Ribeira Grande and Caldeira Velha, where there are fumaroles, geysers and a waterfall of warm water! The lush fauna and unique geological features of the Azores combine to make this a tour that is stay in your memory long after you have left the island.
Half day tour: Sete Cidades On this half day tour we will explore the village of Sete Cidades which is justifiably famous for the beauty of its lagoons and surrounding hills. At the mountain top two impressive lagoons have formed in the volcanic caldera (basin) one with blue water and the other green (Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde) an incredible natural phenomenon and a sight not to be missed! Along the way the tour will also take in many other picturesque spots, including lakes (Lagoa das Empadadas, Lagoa de Santiago) and sights less well known but well worth a visit due to their natural beauty.
Full day tour: Nordeste The Nordeste (North East) is one of the less well known destinations; however amongst those in the know it is considered one of the most beautiful areas of the island. On route to the Nordeste we will show you the best of this region, with views and trails between mountains of extraordinary beauty. The viewpoints over this spectacular scenery are cherished as if they were the royal gardens and are a treat to visit. The tour will take in a number of places along the north coast of the island including Ribeira Grande and Porto Formoso, among others. Arriving in the Nordeste there will be a stop for lunch then the jeeps will climb to one of the highest peaks on the island, the Pico Bartolomeu, from where you can see the highest mountain on the island: the Pico da Vara, and fully appreciate the breathtaking beauty of nature. We will then drive on along the famous Tronqueira mountain trail to the village of Povoção. On our return to Ponta Delgada we will head to the south coast so you get a taste of the beauties of this coast too. The Nordeste tour takes you to the oldest part of the island to discover a different landscape bursting with all the exuberance of unspoilt nature and memorable sights. Lunch is included in tour.
Full day tour: Furnas Furnas is one of the most famous beauty spots on the island of São Miguel with a history of volcanic activity has left a legacy of particularly impressive natural geysers, hot springs, calderas and fumaroles! The Furnas lake and its geysers are surrounded by lush nature, form a picture. Lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant where you can try the famous cozido which is cooked by the heat of one of the Furnas fumaroles! On this route we will also visit a number of locations with stunning landscapes and unique and intriguing features, such as Vila Franca do Campo, where you can see the famous islet, a tea factory and there will be time to admire the breathtaking views from many viewpoints. Discover what makes the Azores such a jewel in the Atlantic! Lunch is included in tour.
Full day tour: Sete Cidades On this tour we will explore the village of Sete Cidades which is justifiably famous for the beauty of its lagoons and surrounding hills. At the mountain top two impressive lagoons have formed in the volcanic caldera (basin) one with blue water and the other green (Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde) an incredible natural phenomenon and a sight not to be missed! Along the way the tour will also take in many other picturesque spots, including lakes (Lagoa das Empadadas, Lagoa de Santiago) and sights less well known but well worth a visit due to their natural beauty. After exploring the area of the Sete Cidades, we will visit the coastal village of Mosteiros, which boasts natural swimming pools, a fishing harbor and beach of striking, black basalt sand. On returning to Ponta Delgada we will also visit the area of Ginetes and Ferraria, a bathing area where the sea water is warm due to fumaroles (hot steam geysers) off the coast. These are just a selection of the places waiting to be discovered when you travel with us on this tour into the wild beauties of the island! Lunch is included in tour.
Individuals and groups are welcome. If you’d like to visit somewhere that’s not on our regular itinerary we’d be happy to arrange a private tour of Sao Miguel for you or trips to places of cultural interest such as a tea factory or the pineapple hothouses.
Walking Tours of Sao Miguel
Sao Miguel is an island that lends itself to walking with lots to intrigue and engage your senses and spectular views never far away. There are many really stunning walking trails to follow. The government are in the process of classifying them all. So far 15 have been officially classified but there are lots more that are awaiting classification and are open for you to explore. We run walking tours from 90 minutes to 6 hours and with varying degrees of difficulty. The guides will help you choose the best walk for you and the weather conditions. Lunch can be included if desired.