8 days
Easy to Moderate

  Discover the beautiful blue and green lakes of the Sete Cidades caldera

 Explore The bubbling volcanic landscape of Furnas, famous for its thermal pools

  Hiking through São Miguel’s lush forests with cascading waterfalls

  Walk around Europe’s last remaining tea plantation in Gorreana

  Stay in comfortable hotels with swimming pools

Hiking on São Miguel island

This week-long walking holiday takes in the best hiking trails on São Miguel, the largest island of the Azores. Located in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, this volcanic island consists of three majestic craters filled with azure lakes and shrouded in thick forest. On the flanks of the caldera of Sete Cidades, around a green lake, are spread fertile pastures bordered by blue hydrangeas. Along the rugged coast lie sandy beaches and pretty fishing villages. In the interior, the verdant valley of Furnas is home to hot springs, as well as a peaceful village set on a romantic lake. The exuberance of light, the intensity of greens and blues, banana crops, tea plantations and quaint villages with baroque churches and whitewashed houses all add up to an unforgettable walking experience!

8 DAYS  /  7 NIGHTS From €999 per person sharing*

*Discounts available for groups of 3 or more. Please enquire for prices.
*high season supplement will apply during busy booking periods.
*this trip is unfortunately not available to solo walkers.

ACCOMMODATION Double accommodation in 4* hotels in Capelas and Ponta Delgada and in a 2* Residencial in Furnas. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis and all rooms are en-suite. The hotels are carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

The standard hotels of this trip are listed below. If any are unavailable then we will contact you to discuss alternatives, with possible supplement or deduction.

AVAILABILITY This trip is available from April to October and you can start on any day of the week, subject to availability.
DIFFICULTY Easy to moderate walks of between 2 to 4 hours with an average ascent /descent of 100 – 500 metres per walk.
7 nights’ accommodation in comfortable en-suite rooms
7 Breakfasts
Day 1: transfer from Ponta Delgada airport to your hotel
Day 8: transfer to Ponta Delgada airport for your return flight
Transfers to and from your walks as per the itinerary
Luggage transportation from one hotel to the next
Road Book with detailed route notes, vouchers and integrated maps
General map of the Azores 1:50,000
Emergency telephone support
Flights to and from the Azores
Travel insurance
Lunches or dinners
Anything else not mentioned in the ‘included’ section
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s)

Day 1: Arrival in The Azores – Transfer to Capelas

Meet and greet at Ponta Delgada airport, before a taxi transfer to the pretty village of Capelas on the rugged north coast of the Island.

You will stay 2 nights in the 4**** Vale do Navio hotel with pool.


Day 2: Sete Cidades

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 400 m | Descent: 400 m | 4 hrs approx.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the western part of the island where you will explore the large crater of Sete Cidades. The caldera contains two crater lakes, one green and one blue, separated by a bridge with 7 arches that symbolically represent the 7 cities of the lost continent of Atlantis. At the end of the hike you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Overnight: Vale do Navio 4* hotel


Day 3: Gorreana Tea plantation - Faial da Terra - Furnas

Distance: 4.2 km | Ascent: 265 m | Descent: 265 m | 2 hrs approx.

This morning you will be transferred to the Furnas valley in the centre of the Island. The taxi will drop you off at the tea plantation in Gorreana, the oldest (and currently only) tea plantation in Europe. Here the tea is cultivated, collected and manufactured according to ancestral methods.

After the visit to the tea plantation, you will be transfered by taxi to the small village of Faial da Terra. The Ribeira do Faial is located on the southern coast of the Sao Miguel island, east of the eroded caldeira of Povoação. The hike starts on the banks of the river. The path then takes you gradually deeper in the forest to the Salto do Prego waterfall. Finally, you pass some small stone houses with picturesque gardens before descending into the valley to Faial da Terra.

Transfer to your accommodation in Furnas.

Overnight: Furnas, Vista do Vale hotel.


Day 4: Furnas crater walk

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 250 m | Descent: 270 m | 3 hrs approx.

Today you will walk in the volcanic caldera of Furnas. Through lush vegetation, you will explore the only active volcano of the archipelago (fumaroles and sulphur springs) and discover its close links with the gastronomic traditions of this valley: the famous “cozido”, a rich meat and vegetable stew which is slow-cooked under the soil at the geothermal lake sides.

Possibility to bathe in the warm waters of Terra Nostra Garden.

Overnight: Furnas, Vista do Vale hotel.


Day 5: The Lomba do Cavaleiro Trail

Distance: 8 km | Ascent: 200 m | Descent 200 m | 3 hrs approx.

A beautiful panoramic walk on the south coast from Povoação to the fishing village of Ribeira Quente, passing by the Lomba do Cavaleiro viewing point. This trail, widely used before by the people that worked the productive areas of Agrião region, is also a crossing point of the pilgrimage along the island. The walk ends at the pretty beach of Ribeira Quente. A popular swimming spot for locals, the water is always pleasantly warm here due to the presence of underwater hydrothermal springs.

From Ribeira Quente, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Furnas.

Overnight: Furnas, Vista do Vale hotel.


Day 6: Lagoa de Fogo

Distance: 11.5 km | Ascent: 520 m | Descent: 500 m | 3 hrs approx.

Transfer to the beginning of the hike. A beautiful hike to the most exceptional and untamed lake on this island: the famous Lagoa do Fogo. To get to this beautiful lake you will walk along a Levada and cross an area of geothermal activity area before climbing to the crest of the caldera, from where you will have many incredible vantage points over the surrounding areas. A wide mountain pass then takes you back down to the coast.

After your walk you will be transferred to Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores and a charming town of traditional narrow streets and balconied colonial mansions.

Overnight: Ponta Delgada 3*** hotel.


Day 7: Rota de Agua

Distance: 8 km | Ascent: 250 m | Descent: 250 m | 2½ hrs approx.

Transfer to the starting point for your final walk, which follows the rota de agua (“water route”). After an initial climb through farmland, with wonderful views over Ponta Delagda, the trail enters a thick jungle landscape, where you will find a series of majestic aqueducts that once suppled the ancient Alcohol Factory of Lagoa. Deep in the forest, you will discover the Janela do Inferno (“window to hell”) where a spring flows from a large cavity in the towering rock wall. Take a chance to appreciate the beauty of this place and to regain energy.

Transfer back to Ponta Delgada. Free afternoon in the Capital.

Overnight: Ponta Delgada 3*** hotel.


Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Ponta Delgada Airport for your departing flight.

Arrival and departure info

  The main international airport in the Azores is Ponta Delgada airport.
  • Transport is provided from and to Ponta Delgada airport at the start and end of your trip.
  • All transfers are provided between hotels and to and from walking routes throughout your trip.
Lagoa do Fogo on Sao Miguel island in the Azores
Sao Miguel coastal view
Hikers at Sete Cidades on Sao Miguel island in the Azores
Hydrangeas near Sete Cidades
Walking path at the Sete Cidades lakes on Sao Miguel island
View over the Sete Cidades lakes
Tropical flowers and plants on Sao Miguel island
Furnas Lake - Antonio Carvalho e Cunha
Crater lake on Sao Miguel island in the Azores
Hot springs in Furnas, Sao Miguel
Landscape around Furnas, Sao Miguel
Harvest of Gorreana tea - Associacao de Turismo dos Acores
Terraces on Sao Miguel island in the Azores
Sao Miguel coastal landscape (c) Associacao de Turismo dos Acores
Green fields on Sao Miguel island
Hikers at Lagoa do Fogo, Sao Miguel island in the Azores
Hiking on Sao Miguel island in the Azores
View of the Atlantic Ocean from Pico da Barrosa
Coastal walking on Sao Miguel island (c) Associacao de Turismo dos Acores
The lighthouse at Ponta do Arnel on the island of Sao Miguel
Ermida de Nossa Senhora Mãe de Deus, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores

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