Overview

Combine city living and rural tranquillity on our seven-night Sao Miguel – Town and Country holiday.

Your holiday begins in the very heart of the Azorean capital Ponta Delgada with a three-night stay at Casa da Galeria. Ponta Delgada’s a modern European city with an outward looking, cosmopolitan disposition that’s reflected in it’s welcoming population, it’s cuisine, and it’s mix of traditional and contemporary architecture. The city’s also well-connected to the outside world by air: to London, Lisbon, Boston and Toronto.

You’ll explore Ponta Delgada on foot, and we’ll supply a hire car so you can explore the magnificent landscapes of western Sao Miguel and the Sete Cidades caldera. Leaving the city behind, you’ll head to the rural east of the island for a four-night stay at the delightful Quinta da Mo in the Furnas valley. Furnas is famous for it’s hot springs and geothermal swimming pools which are just a short walk from your bungalow.

You’ll also have a chance to tour the lesser-visited east of Sao Miguel – towns like Povoacao and Nordeste which most visitors to the island often miss. There’s a ruggedness to the land and a doggedness to the people here, and these small farming and fishing communities keep one foot firmly planted in the past. That’s part of their charm and you’re guaranteed the traditionally warm Azorean welcome.

 

 

Itinerary

You’ll begin your holiday flying direct from Stansted to Sao Miguel. You’ll be collected on arrival by our driver for your transfer into Ponta Delgada, where there’s an excellent selection of restaurants and cafe bars within easy walking distance. We’ll supply you with a handy online guide to eating out in the Azorean capital.
You’ll have the day free to explore Ponta Delgada on foot, visiting the Mercado da Graca, the Portas da Cidade, the Jose do Canto botanical gardens and the Gruta do Carvão lava tunnels.
You’ll collect your hire car before heading west to explore the great crater at Sete Cidades - the largest caldera on Sao Miguel – and the west coast village of Mosteiros, ending the day with a swim in the sea at Ponta Ferraria, where the pools are naturally heated by underwater volcanic vents.
Leaving Ponta Delgada, you'll drive east to the marina in Vila Franca do Campo for a whale and dolphin watching trip, before checking into your new accommodation in the beautiful Furnas valley.
You’ll spend today exploring Furnas. There are over thirty hot springs and geysers dotted around the village, and a swim in the famous geothermal outdoor swimming pool at the Parque Terra Nostra is a must.
You’ll explore the north coast of the island, with visits to the miradouro Pico do Ferro, the Gorreana tea plantation, Ribeira Grande and Caldera Velha.
For your final full day on the island, you’ll explore the east coast, visiting Povoacao, the miradouro Ponta do Sossego, the Centro Ambiental do Priolo and Riberia dos Caldeiroes.
You'll return your hire car to the airport before flying home.

£1500 per person

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

INCLUDED: direct international flights with Ryan Air, accommodation in a one bedroom apartment at Casa da Galeria and a one bedroom bungalow at Quinta da Mo on a self-catering basis (with an optional continental breakfast), an airport transfer, a whale and dolphin watching trip, and six days car hire.

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