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.
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.