Overview

If you’re planning a first visit to the Azores, let us show you the very best of Sao Miguel…

Your week begins in the capital Ponta Delgada – one of Europe’s most welcoming cities where you can immerse yourself in Azorean culture and cuisine. The elegant Casa das Palmeiras is one of favourite hotels in the city, and the family-run Hotel do Colegio has been our go-to city centre hotel for over twenty years. If you prefer a touch of modern luxury, the Grand Hotel Atlantico and the Azor Hotel are excellent choices, with their sea views over Ponta Delgada’s bustling Portas do Mar marina – and our handy online restaurant guides will help you to sample the best seasonal, locally-sourced cuisine Sao Miguel has to offer.

From your base in the city, you’ll head west to the great crater at Sete Cidades – the largest, and arguably the most beautiful of the Azores’ volcanoes where you can hike, cycle or kayak on the crystal-clear waters of Lagoa Azul. You’ll also explore the high central mountains of Pico da Barrosa, the secluded Lagoa do Fogo crater lake and the volcanically-heated waterfalls at Caldera Velha.

Leaving Ponta Delgada behind, you’ll cross the island for a stay in the enchanting Furnas valley. Furnas is home to the Azores’ most famous hotel: the art-deco Terra Nostra Garden Hotel where you’ll relax and unwind in the geothermal swimming pools at the Parque Terra Nostra botanical gardens. Or for the ultimate spa experience, you might prefer a stay at the Furnas Boutique Hotel with it’s celebrated A Terra Fornaria restaurant which has helped to reinvent Azorean cuisine for the 21st Century.

A holiday to the Azores wouldn’t be complete without a trip to sea – for a visit with the islands’ whales and dolphins. Sperm whales, pilot whales, bottlenose and North-Atlantic spotted dolphins are all resident in the waters around Sao Miguel, and we work with the best conservationists on the island to give you an unforgettable wildlife experience.

We specialise in tailor-made holidays, helping you to mix-and-match accommodation, tours, activities, hire cars and transfers to create the perfect holiday. And don’t forget: all our 2021 holidays are protected by our COVID-promise – trust us to look after you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 your transfer into Ponta Delgada.
You’ll spend today exploring Ponta Delgada; capital of the Azores and the main town on the island. With its mosaic pavements and traditional architecture, it's an easy city to explore on foot - from the seafront Avenida Infante Dom Henrique and the marina at Portas do Mar, to the Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao via the Mercado da Graca farmers market; heading across town to the Jose do Canto botanical gardens.
We’ll deliver a hire car and it’s a short drive west the great crater at Sete Cidades. Sete Cidades is the largest caldera on the island, famous for its magnificent Vista do Rei viewpoint, the twin lakes of Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul, and Ponta Ferraria where the sea is naturally heated by underwater volcanic vents. If you'd prefer not to drive, our resident guide will be happy to show you the sights and sounds of Sao Miguel.
You’ll spend today in the mountains of the Agua de Pau volcano. Pico da Barrosa (947m), is one of the highest points on the island, popular for it’s birdseye view of Lagoa do Fogo – the ‘Lake of Fire’ which sits in the youngest of Sao Miguel’s calderas. The nearby geothermal pools at Caldera Velha are perfect for a relaxing dip, followed by lunch in the quiet north coast town of Ribeira Grande.
You’ll leave Ponta Delgada today, driving east to your new accommodation in Furnas. En-route, you’ll head to the marina in the south coast town of Vila Franca for a whale and dolphin watching trip. The seas around the Azores are one of the best places to observe cetaceans and ocean wildlife: bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic-spotted dolphins and sperm whales can be seen throughout the year. For you first evening in Furnas, guests have exclusive access to your hotel’s 200 year-old Terra Nostra botanical gardens - home to the town’s most famous, floodlit geothermal swimming pool.
Furnas is perfect for exploring on foot - the geysers at Chã das Caldeiras, the Chalet da Tia Merces teahouse, and the pools at Poca Dona Beija are all within easy walking distance, and it’s a short drive to the tea plantation at Gorreana.
For your final full-day, you’ll explore eastern Sao Miguel by car, home to many of the islands least visited, but most beautiful and interesting landmarks: Ponta do Sossego, the Lombo Gordo seacliffs, the Serra da Tronqueira mountains, the Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Natural Park and the island’s oldest town at Povoacao.
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: direct international flights with SATA Azores Airlines, accommodation in twin/double en-suite rooms on a B&B basis, an airport transfer, a whale and dolphin watching trip and five days car hire.

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