Hiking at lake Lagoa do Fogo on Azores island
High altitude path Sete Cidades on Azores island
Coastal view Caloura Miradouro do Pisao at Azores

Magic world of the Azores

Hot springs, black beaches & exotic flowers.

Nine islands located over 1000 km west of Europe make up the Azores archipelago created by volcanic eruptions. Grandiose types of scenery enchant with plants from all climate zones, steaming volcanic craters and spitting geysers provide a unique spectacle, amazing beaches and picturesque lakes inviting for a swim. On São Miguel, the main island of the Azores, hiking is great all year round. Due to the lush green the island is also called „Ilha Verde" (Green Island). During your walking week scenic diversity awaits: mellow hilly countryside with lush meadows and fields, arboreous mountains, enormous crater bowls with placid lakes and grandiose coastlines with picturesque villages and historic little towns. The capital Ponta Delgada with its beautiful historic centre all kept in black and white is another highlight. Unique nature, hospitality and the peaceful way of life of the Azores will put a spell on you!

Moderate Walking
Moderate Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
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Itinerary

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.

approx. 4 hours
12 km
400 m
400 m

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.

approx. 2,5 hours
6 km
300 m
230 m

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.

approx. 3 hours
12 km
250 m
270 m

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. 

approx. 4 hours
7 km
500 m
500 m

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.

approx. 3 hours
12 km
520 m
500 m

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.

approx. 2,5 hours
8 km
250 m
400 m

Tour character

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.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Oct 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
daily
Season 2
Apr 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020
daily
Season 3
Jun 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
daily
Magic world of the Azores 8 days, PO-AZWCP-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
799.00
319.00
829.00
389.00
939.00
529.00

Category: beautiful 3***- and 4**** hotels

Price
Supplement single travler
339.00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 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

Optional:

  • 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
  • Additional nights on request in each day Finish
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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