Overview

Join us on this exciting self-guided walking holiday and treat yourself to a little luxury by staying in one of the best boutique bed and breakfast hotels in Portugal. After a breakfast that you simply cannot miss, you will spend your day exploring the rolling hills, volcanic lakes, and thermal springs of this charming Azorean island.  The Azores are just 4 hours from the UK and are often compared to New Zealand because of the lush volcanic landscape, quaint old world charm and breath taking scenery.

When to book your 7 night self-guided walking holiday?

It is for a limited time only but you still have time to take advantage of this fantastic offer. We are only accepting bookings for three more departure  dates: 15th, 22nd and 29th April 2017.

Contact one of our team and take advantage of this fantastic offer before it’s too late!

 

Itinerary

Fly London to the Azores. A car will collect you at the airport and take you to your first accommodation. Casa Palmeira (B&B).
SETE CIDADES SELF GUIDED WALK: Approximate walking time 3.5 to 4 hours; walk distance 11km. Grade : Moderate. Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) is the village that lies inside this now extinct 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. Your path starts at a famous viewpoint (Vista do Rei) on top of 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 descends to the village of Sete Cidades on the shores of the two lakes and then climbs back up to the rim and back to your car. ACCOMMODATION: Casa Palmeira (B&B)
FIRE LAKE SELF GUIDED WALK (LAGOA DO FOGO): Approximate walking time 4.5-5 hours; walk distance 12km. Grade : 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! ACCOMMODATION: Casa Palmeira (B&B)
Change hotels and drive to the volcanic spa town of Furnas and stay at the lovely Furnas Boutique Spa Hotel (B&B)
FURNAS LAKE SELF GUIDED WALK: Approximate walking time : 2.5 hours; Walk distance : 9km. Grade : Easy. This walk starts in Furnas, goes 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. ACCOMMODATION: Furnas Boutique Spa Hotel (B&B)
SANGUINHO SELF GUIDED WALK: Approximate walking time 2-3 hours; walk distance 12km. Grade : Easy. This walk starts at the small village of Faial da Terra on the spectacular South East coast. You will follow an old cobbled trail through sub tropical rain forest to the deserted village of Sanguinho, from the village you take a short detour to the beautiful waterfall of ‘Salto do Prego’. This walk is a circular walk which eventually brings you back to the village of Faial da Terra where you can stop and relax at one of the small cafes. ACCOMMODATION: Furnas Boutique Spa Hotel (B&B)
AGRIAO TO RIBEIRA QUENTE SELF GUIDED WALK Approximately 2/3 hours; walking distance 3kms. Today you start on the outskirts of Furnas. This trail descends through forest and scrub towards the fishing village of Ribeira Quente with its sandy beach and pretty port. There are some wonderful views along the walk. There are a couple of restaurants in the village and Garajau is particularly good. (Please note: this is a linear walk which requires a taxi transfer to it's start point but ends at your parked car in Ribeira Quente). ACCOMMODATION: Furnas Boutique Spa Hotel (B&B)
Return car to the airport and fly home

Price Per Person

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

£890 per person

INCLUDED: Direct flights from Gatwick 7 nights B&B in the charming Casa das Palmeira and Furnas Spa Hotel Arrival transfer 6 days’ car hire (including Super CDW) Walk maps and notes for 5 self-guided walk DATES AVAILABLE: 15th, 22nd and 29th April 2017

Activities

Make the most of your holiday and explore the most beautiful parts of this stunning island.

Location

On this amazing self-guided walking holiday you will explore São Miguel, a stunning island in the Azores with lots to see and the most spectacular volcanic scenery.

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