Overview

Explore and unwind on our seven night Sao Miguel self-catering holiday.

Sao Miguel’s landscapes are a diverse mix; you could almost say ‘a best of the Azores’, as though the unique natural wonders of the other eight islands had been conveniently brought together in one place. The island’s largest caldera is in the west: Sete Cidades. You ‘ll spend some time exploring its extraordinary beauty on foot and by kayak. Furnas is to the east -one the island’s oldest calderas with its still-active geysers and hot springs – home to the 200-year-old Parque Terra Nostra and the Azores’ most-famous geothermal swimming pool. You’ll also have time to absorb Azorean culture in the capital Ponta Delgada: a warm and welcoming city where everything is accessible on foot, including many of the island’s best restaurants.

Your home for the week is our one-bedroom cottage at Casa do Jardim – one of our favourite traditional-style Azorean cottages in the secluded Baixa da Areia bay on Sao Miguel’s south coast. Airport transfers are included, and we’ll deliver a hire car to your door to allow you to explore at your leisure. We’ll also include a whale and dolphin watching trip and you can personalise your holiday by adding a few of our favourite activities.

 

 

Itinerary

You’ll begin your holiday by flying to the main Azores island of Sao Miguel. You’ll be collected on arrival by our driver for the transfer to your accommodation in south-coast village of Caloura.
We’ll arrange for your hire car will be delivered and you can begin exploring Sao Miguel. In the afternoon, you'll head to the marina in nearby Vila Franca for a whale and dolphin watching trip.
Take a drive east to explore the Furnas valley – home to the 200-year-old Terra Nostra botanical gardens and the Azores’ most famous geothermal swimming pools.
Explore Ponta Delgada; capital of the Azores. It's a great place to shop for local produce and souvenirs, with an excellent selection of friendly restaurants and cafe bars, attractive mosaic pavements and traditional Portuguese architecture.
Take a drive to the sparsley-populated south-east coast of Sao Miguel to walk the Sanguinho trail - the old cobbled trail to the beautiful waterfall of Salto do Prego.
Today you’ll explore the Sao Miguel’s central mountains with a drive up to the summit of Pico da Barrosa (947m) for a birdseye view of Lagoa do Fogo (the Lake of Fire), followed by a dip in the geothermal pools at Caldera Velha.
For your final full day on the island, you'll west to walk the Vista do Rei trail and to kayak in the great crater at Sete Cidades, ending the day with a swim in the geothermal seapools at Ferraria.
You’ll return your hire car to the airport before flying home.

From £1300 per person

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

INCLUDED: international flights, accommodation in a one-bedroom self-catering cottage, airport transfers, a hire car and a half-day whale and dolphin watching trip.

Accommodation

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