Arrival in Capelas
Loop Tour Sete Cidades
At the beginning of your walking holiday you discover the west of the island. The large volcanic crater Sete Cidades consists of a green and a blue crater lake. They are separated by a bridge with seven arches, representing the seven cities of the lost continent Atlantis. Enjoy the fabulous panorama. At the end you walk along the beautiful north shore past idyllic villages and little harbours.
Capelas – Furnas
Today you head for the very heart of the island, into the wonderful Furnas-Valley. In Gorreana you can visit one of the few remaining tea plantations before you continue on a spectacular coastal path to the traditional village of Maia. All the way you enjoy stunning views onto the norther shore of the island. You pass glistening river basins featuring historic watermills, on the beach of Praia da Viola roaring waterfalls line your way. Via transfer to Furnas.
Loop Tour Furnas
Today’s stage runs directly inside the crater of Furnas, there you experience the active volcano of the island group at first glance: locals use the high ground temperatures to cook traditional dishes, everywhere you come across hot fumarole- and sulfur springs. Look forward to the Botanical Garden Terra Nostra with its romantic lakes, winding paths, exotic flowers, very old trees and swimming pools filled with thermal spring water, which we highly recommend visiting.
Loop Tour Pico da Vara
A short transfer takes you to the start of the walking tour, from where you will climb up the Pico da Vara. Your route leads you through the dense rainforest up to the highest point of the entire island, from there you walk along the ridge covered in colourful moorland, always accompanied by breath-taking panoramic views onto the entire island and the glistening sea. With a bit of luck, you may spot the indigenous bullfinch in the fir forests.
Furnas – Ponta Delgada
This walking tour leads you into the South of the island. Part of the route runs along Levada walking paths, enjoy the diverse flora. At the highest point of the hike you reach the most unusual and unspoilt lake of the island, Lagoa do Fogo. It is surrounded by incredibly beautiful scenery and is situated at the foot of the volcanic crater Água de Pau. You spend the next two nights in Ponta Delgada, the lively capital of the Azores.
Loop Tour Rota de Agua
As a finale to your walking week you follow the „Rota de Agua“, the road of the water, along the enchanting „Janela do Inferno“, an unusual network of aqueducts situated amidst the dense forest. Afterwards a transfer takes you back to the capital where you have the afternoon at your own disposal and can do whatever you feel like, i.e. maybe a spectacular whale watching tour.
Departure or extension
For the walking tours with walking times of up to 4 hours you only need a basic fitness level and in parts surefootedness. Most of the walking tours lead you along quiet paths spread across the entire island, that way you gather lots of impressions of the Azores-Island of São Miguel.
Category: beautiful 3***- and 4**** hotels
Extra nights upon request on each day Finish
- 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
- Luggage transfer
- Transfers according to programm
- Transfer from/to Ponta Delgada airport
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
- Service hotline
- Whale watching on Day 7, EUR 65 per person. Reservation required, payable in advance.
Arrival / Departure:
- Ponta Delgada airport. Organised transfer to the start hotel in Capelas and return transfer from Ponta Delgada to the airport at the end of the tour. Transfers included in the tour price.
Things to note:
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!