Perfect for nature lovers and keen walkers, this tailor-made walking holiday through Sao Miguel discovers the island’s rugged volcanic regions and introduces visitors to the stunning scenery typical of this far-flung archipelago. Carefully planned routes guide you through rich green pastures, take you to witness aquamarine lakes cradled in the base of calderas and up the slopes of extinct volcanoes. The Azores experiences mild seasonal temperatures year-round, and their balmy summer temperatures are perfect for an outdoor adventure.
This eight day tour is a great way to see the highlights of Sao Miguel on foot. Transfers to and from the starting point of each walk are included, along with a walking guidebook with details on trails and maps to follow.
After breakfast, join the trail in Ribeira Funda, walking along the beach at Praiada Viola to Maia., a small fishing village home to a tobacco museum—the Azores famously used to produce large quantities of dried tobacco leaves—and a theatre housed in a pretty pink building. Enjoy fantastic views of the village, set against beautiful scenery, passing old watermills surrounded by taro and beautiful waterfalls (7.5km walking). Transfer back to the hotel. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Faial da Terra in the south east of Sao Miguel. Follow the Salto do Prego trail along a river, routing through a charming old village to reach a beautiful waterfall, and ending at the beach-side town of Faial da Terra . Return transfer to the Hotel. (5km walking) (B)
This morning walk to Lagoa do Fogo—the Lake of Fire. This stunning, deep blue lake is one of the most famous and iconic sights of Sao Miguel, and arguably all of the Azores. The crater lake is situated within the Água de Pau Massif stratovolcano in the center of the island, and surrounded by hydrangea bushes which bloom in bold blues and pinks in the spring March-June season. It’s a long hiking route today but takes in the best of the local scenery, ranging from mountains and hilltop viewpoints to meandering valleys and even a beach to enjoy a swim. (15km walking). (B)
After breakfast enjoy a walk to Sete Cidades, another of Sao Miguel’s most iconic natural wonders, to visit the large crater with it's emerald lake. The crater itself stretches over three miles, so the views around the region are immense. The route today takes in the island, lakes and the sea before walking down to the village of Sete Cidades. (7.5km or 11km) (B)