Overview

Our popular self-guided Sao Miguel walking holiday is a great way to explore some of the most stunning scenery the Azores has to offer.

You’ll walk the iconic Vista do Rei trail at Sete Cidades, the volcanic shores of Lagoa das Furnas, and the secluded levada trail to Lagoa do Fogo – the Lake of Fire. You’ll split your stay between Sao Miguel’s cultural centre Ponta Delgada and the rural peace of the Furnas valley.

We’ve been walking the island’s trails for over twenty years and our tailor-made walking holidays suit all abilities. We can include return transfers for each walk or you might prefer a hire car for added freedom, and our detailed route maps and guided will allow you to explore Sao Miguel at your leisure.

 

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Itinerary

Fly London to São Miguel. Collect hire car at the airport and drive to hotel in Furnas (60mins). Overnight in garden view room at the Hotel Terra Nostra for 4 nights.
Furnas Lake Walk - Length : 9km. Approximate walking time : 2½ - 3 hours. Grading : Easy. Today you can take a walk straight from your hotel to Furnas Lake and then around it stopping to see the cooking holes where locals lower casseroles into holes in the ground to be cooked by the volcanic heat. This pretty walk follows the road up to the lake and then a path around the wooded lake edge lush with Himalayan Ginger and plane and eucalyptus trees.
Sanguinho walk - Length : 7km. Approximate walking time : 2-3 hours. Grading : Easy. A beautiful walk down through the Cryptomeria forest passing an abandoned watermill and waterfalls, crossing pretty bridges, and passing through an abandoned village on the South East coast.
Ribeira Quente to Povoacao walk - Length : 8km. Approximate walking time : 3 hours. Grading : Moderate. Today you leave your car at the fishing village of Ribeira Quente with its sandy beach and pretty port. From here you take the undulating coastal path offering some wonderful views out across the Atlantic. The walk ends at Povoacao (meaning 'settlement') where the first settlers landed in 1432. This remote town is a great place to end your walk with a sandy beach (why not go for a swim!) and lots of good cafes serving delicious Azorean pastries including 'Fofa', a giant chocolate eclair! Please note this walk requires a transfer back to the start once you have left your car at Ribeira Quente (around €15). There is a taxi rank in Povoacao so is easily arranged when you arrive there.
Drive to your hotel in Ponta Delgada (60mins). Overnight at Hotel do Colegio for 3 nights
Fire Lake Walk - Length : 12km. Approximate walking time : 4½ - 5 hours. Grading : Moderate. This walk follows a good path and then a watercourse from 10m up to the Fire Lake at 600m, walking through the lovely wooded valleys. This is probably the most impressive and ‘wild’ crater lake of all the islands. The walk then continues down to the coast along a farm track ending at a sandy beach where you can take a swim and refresh yourself!
Sete Cidades Walk - Length : 10km. Approximate walking time : 3½ - 4 hours. Grading : Moderate. Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) is the village that lies inside this now dormant crater. The crater itself is the largest in the Azores measuring 5km across and 15 km in circumference. The rim lies at 700m and is covered in lush vegetation; Himalayan ginger, blue hydrangea hedges and green dairy meadows. The path contours half the crater rim giving wonderful views down towards the mystical blue and green lakes inside and over the deep blue Atlantic on the other side. The walk then descends into the village of Sete Cidades on the shores of the two lakes.
Leave your hire car at the airport. Fly São Miguel to London

From £1400 pp

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

INCLUDED: international flights, accommodation in twin/double en-suite rooms on a B&B basis, airport transfers, return transfers for your walks or a hire car.

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