Each island of the Azores has something unique, but only Sao Miguel has it all – volcanoes and crater lakes, rugged Atlantic coastlines, volcanic hot springs and a wealth of marine wildlife.

Being the largest island, Sao Miguel has a huge range of activities and excursions for you to choose from, and you can pick & mix from the four activities that most appeal from the list below:

Whale and dolphin watching – Azores are one of the best whale watching destinations in the world, and we work with the best crews on Sao Miguel.

Jeep tours – if you prefer dry land, you might like to include a day with our resident guide exploring the hot springs at Furnas or the Cave of the Coal lava tunnels under Ponta Delgada.

Horse riding – Christina and her team at the Quinta da Terca stables are great at accommodating all abilities and riding experience. 

Canyoning –  abseiling down the waterfalls of the Ribeira dos Caldeiroe.

Kayaking & biking –  exploring the great crater at Sete Cidades.

We will also include a hire car during your stay so you can explore the island under your own steam – we like to strike a nice balance between active days and time to enjoy the relaxing pace of Azorean life. We have a hand-picked selection of amazing properties for you to choose from – some modern, some traditional depending on your preference. We always advise booking early and here are some examples:

Quinta Altamira – two bedroom cottage

Casa Lareira – three bedroom house

Casa das Pedras – three bedroom house

Marina Mar  – three bedroom apartment

Quinta de Santana – two bedroom apartment


Fly from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted or Manchester to the Azores. You’ll be collected on arrival by our driver for your transfer to Quinta de Santana (a twenty-minute drive).

We’ll arrange for your hire car will be delivered at 10:00 to allow you to begin exploring the wider island.
Today you could head down to the south coast - to the marina in the town of Vila Franca, for a whale and dolphin watching trip from the local marina.

In the afternoon, you could drive over the high Pico da Barrosa mountain pass (947m) - weather permitting, there’s a wonderful panoramic view of the north and south coasts. Heading down towards the north coast, you might like to stop for a dip in the geothermal pools at Caldera Velha.
You might like to head west today, for a guided canyoning trip - down through the Riberia dos Caldeiroes river valley, abseiling down waterfalls and plunging into deep pools.
You might like to spend today exploring Ponta Delgada; capital of the Azores and the main town on the island.
Heading east, you could spend today swimming in the geothermal pools and hot springs in Furnas; the most easterly volcano on Sao Miguel and the area where the island’s volcanic nature is most on display.

There are over thirty springs and geysers dotted around the village - the largest and most famous pool is at Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens.
For your final full day on the island, you could head west to explore the great crater at Sete Cidades by kayak and by bike.
You’ll return your hire to the airport before flying home.

From £1700 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

What's included ? Self-catering accommodation in one of our exclusive self-catering properties, airport transfers, seven days hire car, and four activities from the list above. With regards to the price, there are a few different ways of travelling to the islands and the cost does depend on which property you choose - we try to include a realistic guide price and once we've had a chat regarding your holiday, we'll send you a detailed itinerary which includes an exact price.


We have a great selection of two and three bedroom self-catering properties available.


You'll spend your week on Sao Miguel, the largest and best-connected island in the Azores. There are weekly flights from Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester, and you can fly most days via Lisbon from Heathrow. Edinburgh and Birmingham via Lisbon could also be options - we can talk you through all the possible routes to see which fits best.

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