EUR 480.00

Azores - Walking holiday, São Miguel

São Miguel is the largest of the Azores Islands. Also called "the green island" it offers stunning subtropical lushly sceneries mixed with a unique volcanic landscape.

Day 1- 4 you will stay at a hotel in the Valley of Furnas, with walks on the eastern part of the island. Day 5-8 you will stay at a hotel in Ponta Delgada, with walking routes centered on the western part of the island. You will walk along the crater lakes of Sete Cidades, Lagoa do Fogo and Furnas, each adding their own touch to the beautiful and unique volcanic island.

The route:
This walking holiday is a moderately easy level 1. Scenic and easy walked routes of shorter lengths (2-5 hours of walking per day). The walks are arranged so that you typically will have a taxi transfer in the morning to the top of the walking trail, and then mostly walk downhill from there (400-600 vertical meters/1,312-1,970ft). On day 6 there will be an ascent of around 600 m/ 1,970 ft.

  • Accommodation and breakfast at two different tourist class hotels
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Transportation of luggage between hotels
  • All necessary transfers to and from the daily walking trails are included in the price
  • Impressive volcanic activity in the form of hot springs, boiling mud and fumaroles
  • Walking on the volcanic island with lush vegetation and magnificent views
  • Opportunities to go for a swim surrounded by stunning scenery
  • This trip can be arranged throughout the year

 
 
Overview
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Day 1 Arrival on São Miguel

Transfer from the airport to the first hotel in the Valley of Furnas is included in the price.

Day 2 Walking from Ribeira Funda to Praia Da Viola and Maia

Walking time approx. 3.5 hours

The walking route leads you along the Ribeira Funda creek, which meanders through the great rolling landscape. Along the course of the creek, you will meet the ruins of old water mills, and you will pass several beautiful waterfalls on the walk. The path leads you all the way to the coast, where you will walk along the beach at the bay of Praia da Viola, before finally ending by the coastal village of Maia. This village is the largest on the North Coast, and it is recommended to go past the church, which is known for its characteristic front.

Included in the price is the transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the walk (at 9:00). And return from Maia to the hotel in the Valley of Furnas  (at 16.00). 

Day 3 Walking the trails of Lomba do Cavaleiro and Redondo

Walking time approx. 3.5 hours

 

The walking today combines two interesting routes. The Lomba do Cavaleiro route (also called Agrião route) and the Redondo route. These takes you through a beautiful green landscape, along a small stream, surrounded by Acacia and Avocado trees among others. In Ribeira Quente, there is a lovely beach, inviting you to take a dip. You can also visit the small fishing harbor or enjoy a lunch at one of the charming cafés, before continuing the walk. The following walking stretch leads you along the riverbank of Ribeira Quente and up to a point with magnificent views of the Salto do Cavalo.

Included in the price is the transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the walk (at 9:00). And return to the hotel in the Valley of Furnas  (at 16.00).
 

Day 4 Walking from Faial Da Terra to Salto do Prego

Walking time approx.2 hours

With only a two-hour walk scheduled today, this is an easy but not less fascinating day. You will walk from the village of Faial Da Terra to a beautiful waterfall located up in the forest. On the way up there you will be passing the village Sanguinho – a ghostly looking place which has been deserted since the 1970s. Recently the locals have begun restoring the buildings as a project of future sustainable tourism. The trail leads up in the forest and in to a clearing where a waterfall idyllically feeds a small lake with clear water. It is quite an experience to go for a dip here, although the water is cold.
Back in Faial Da Terra there is plenty of time to find a cozy place to have lunch or enjoy an afternoon refreshment.

 

Included in the price is the transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the walk (at 9:00). And return to the hotel in the Valley of Furnas (at 16.00).

Day 5 Walking in Furnas

Walking time approx. 3-5 hours

Today the walk will take you from the hotel and around the crater lake – Lagoa das Furnas. With its green glow it beautifully matches the vegetation of the island. It is also close to the shores of the lake, that you can experience some of the island's hot springs, with boiling mud and water holes, offering you glimpses of how lively the island's interior. It is by these springs, the famous stew Cazido das Furnas is cooked using only the heat from the underground. On this walk you will be passing the Monitoring & Research Center of Furnas, where a visit is recommended – The entrance fees are included.

It is possible to extend the walk with an extra stretch of 2 hours. You can walk from the hot springs up to Pico do Ferro, to experience the beautiful point that offers a stunning view of Lagoa das Furnas. This part of the walk may be slippery and muddy after rain.

In the afternoon, a taxi will take you from the hotel in Furnas to your next hotel in Ponta Delgada. On the way it will be possible to make a stop at Santa Iria, another beautiful viewpoint. And the taxi will also make a short stop at the island's famous tea plantation, which supposedly is the only professional one in Europe.
 

Day 6 Walking at Lagoa do Fogo

Walking time approx. 5 hours

The crater lake called Lagoa do Fogo is not just the highest situated lake in São Miguel, but also the most remote one in the Azores, and it is only possible to get up to the shores of it by foot. On the last stretch up to the lake, the path follows a levada - an open irrigation channel. By the shores of the lake is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic or take a dip in the water.
Afterwards the walk will take you by other paths back to the ocean, where it will be possible to go for a swim from the beach.

 

Included in the price is the transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the walk (at 9:00). And return to the hotel in the Ponta Delgada  (at 16.00).

Day 7 Walking at Sete Cidades

Walking time approx. 2 hours

On the last day of walking you have the choice between two different walking routes.

Route A is about 3 hours long, but may be unsuitable if the weather is foggy on the day.
Route B is about 2 hours long, and easier to walk.

Route A starts at an old overgrown aqueduct, located at 710 meters of altitude and due to its design also known as The Nine Windows Wall. Here you will begin with an ascent to the rim of the crater on this old volcano, and the view here is magnificent, both of the Atlantic Ocean, and the twin lakes of Sete Cidades. These lakes carries a funny phenomenon, as they reflect the sunrays in their own color, so one lake appears blue and the other green, although they are connected; only divided by a bridge and therefore actually only one lake. You walk through the beautiful countryside down to the village of Sete Cidades, where you can spend the rest of the afternoon as you please – maybe by finding a nice restaurant, or enjoy a picnic by the shores of the lake.

Route B begins directly on the rim of the crater at the viewpoint Vista do Rei at 550 meters of altitude, which also has great views of the twin lakes. From here you follow an old dirt road and trails through the beautiful countryside down to the shores if the lake, close to the village of Sete Cidades.

In the afternoon, it is recommended to take a stroll along the shore of either the blue or the green part of the lake.

Included in the price is the transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the walk (at 9:00). And return to the hotel in the Ponta Delgada  (at 16.00).
 

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast you will be checking out of the hotel for departure. Transfer from the hotel to the airport is included in the price.

Price includes

  • 7 nights in two 2-3 star hotels, where breakfast is included
  • Transfer from airport to first accommodation
  • Daily transfers between the hiking trail and hotels (on days when transfer is applicable)
  • Transfer from the hotel in Furnas to the hotel in Ponta Delgada
  • Transfer from last accommodation to the airport
  • Route descriptions, maps and other relevant information
  • Admission to Furnas Monitoring & Research Center
  • A phone number for 24-hour local support
  • Contribution to the local social and environmental organization
Not included
  • Transportation to and from São Miguel
  • Cancellation and Travel Insurance
EUR 480.00

Practical info

Price info

Note: The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.

- Please note that it is 'land only' prices.

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions and maps, but you must organise your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.

Dates of departure 
This tour can be arranged on the starting day of your choice all year round.
Transportation

Please note that transportation to and from Ponta Delgada, São Miguel - Portugal is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight. This is easily done online. There are daily flights from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits starts and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

- Local transportation
All transfers according the itinerary are included in the price.

 
Accommodation

On this trip you will be staying at a 2 star charming hotel in Furnas, as well as a 3 star hotel in Ponta Delgada. Breakfast is included in the price.

-Upgrade
It is possible to upgrade to, respectively, a 3-star hotel in Furnas and a 4-star hotel in Ponta Delgada - also including breakfast.
Surcharge on the hotel upgrade per person:

Winter: From 1. November to 20. March: €: 120, -
Spring/Fall: From 21. March to 11. June + 1. October to 31. October: €: 160,-
Summer: From 12. June to 30. September: €: 220, -

Half board at the hotels are also possible to purchase on upgraded hotels: €: 235, - per person.

Please note the wish to upgrade in the comments section when booking the trip. Or send us an email with the information at info@mountain-adventures.com

 
Trip grading

The walking is done on well-maintained dirt roads and trails and is level 1. The daily distances take between 2-5 hours, but there is a longer time period for you to finish the walks between the necessary transfers. The time left, when the walking is completed, can be used freely to enjoy, explore or relax in the area. Read more about our grading system here.
Some of the trails can be weather dependent, but information about this is found locally. Should a trail be temporarily closed due to weather, you will be proposed an alternative.

 
Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

 
Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Passports and Visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

 
Trip notes

When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the first accommodation.

Climate

It can be hard to plan your trip according to the weather, but to here is the average statistics of the climate at Ponta Delgada, as shown on www.yr.no:

 

 
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