Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada), Portugal

Rising from the depths of the Atlantic, the rugged, volcanic Azores lie 800 miles off the coast of Portugal. Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, the nine islands have provided a haven to Atlantic mariners for over five centuries. The Azores offer travelers spectacular landscapes that range from lush meadows fringed with brightly colored hydrangea to ancient caldera filled with lakes. And the many small villages and shops retain an otherworldly air and 18th-century charm.

Ponta Delgada is located on São Miguel, the largest of the nine Azores. The island's rich volcanic soil sustains fields of tobacco and tea, vineyards, and pineapple greenhouses. The Azores are also noted for fine crafts, particularly basketry and pottery.

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Points of Interest

  • Sete Cidadas & Crater Lakes
  • Ribiera Grande
  • Caldeiras (hot springs) & Furnas Lake
  • Terra Nostra Park
  • Pineapple Greenhouses
  • Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens
  • Nordeste
  • Outdoor Adventure
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  • Sete Cidadas & Crater Lakes

    Two stunning crater lakes (one blue, one green) inhabit the caldera of an extinct volcano said to have once been the location of the legendary Sete Cidadas (Seven Cities).

  • Ribiera Grande

    One of the oldest settlements in the Azores, Ribeira Grande is a town of narrow cobblestone lanes and 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century buildings

  • Caldeiras (hot springs) & Furnas Lake

    Located in the island's Furnas Valley, this geothermal wonderland features 22 steaming hot springs, geysers and hot mud pools which emit the smell of sulphur.

  • Terra Nostra Park

    Located outside the town of Furnas, this breathtaking botanical garden features a stunning collection of tropical plants and trees, extensive grottoes and a canal that winds through the grounds.

  • Pineapple Greenhouses

    Unique to the Azores, São Miguel has thousands of greenhouses used to cultivate and grow pineapple, a major island crop that thrives in the rich volcanic soil of the area.

  • Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens

    The largest and most lush municipal garden on the island, it was established by local politician and merchant trader António Borges Medeiros, an avid 19th-century amateur botanist.

  • Nordeste

    The island's least populated parish is one of the most stunning and lush, featuring "belvederes" - fully equipped areas for picnicking while enjoying breathtaking views of the ocean and countryside.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    Some of the Azores' most beautiful spots are accessible only by 4WD. Journey into the island's heart as you travel unpaved trails and cross streams.

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Easy Azores: Crater Lakes Scenic Drive

2 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-290
  • Sete Cidadas & Crater Lakes

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Take in São Miguel's rugged beauty on this leisurely, 1.5-hour guided drive via motorcoach through the island. See houses built on lava. View a magnificent chapel and a renaissance fortress. Visit the famous Crater Lakes (one green, one blue) that inhabit an extinct volcano's caldera.

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Easy Azores: Crater Lakes Scenic Drive (Wheelchair Accessible)

2 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-291
  • Sete Cidadas & Crater Lakes

This departure is space set aside on lift-equipped vehicles for Wheelchair Accessible passengers - please be sure to read the Notes section of the tour description regarding requesting this space. This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Take in São Miguel's rugged beauty on this leisurely, 1.5-hour guided drive via motorcoach through the island. See houses built on lava. View a magnificent chapel and a renaissance fortress. Visit the famous Crater Lakes (one green, one blue) that inhabit an extinct volcano's caldera.

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Crater Lakes, Gardens & Pineapple Greenhouse

3.5 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-205
  • Sete Cidadas & Crater Lakes
  • Pineapple Greenhouses
  • Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens

Indulge in a moderately active, half-day guided excursion via motorcoach to explore a lush, botanical garden. Travel to the rim of an extinct volcano to take in breathtaking vistas of two crater lakes. Tour a pineapple greenhouse to learn first-hand how this luscious fruit is cultivated and marketed.

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Ribeira Grande & Pineapple Greenhouse

3.5 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-200
  • Ribiera Grande
  • Pineapple Greenhouses

Indulge in an active, half-day guided exploration via motorcoach to the island's oldest town featuring Portuguese-influenced architecture. Marvel at a mist-swirled blue lake located in the heart of an extinct volcano. Tour a pineapple greenhouse to see firsthand how the luscious fruit is cultivated and marketed.

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Terra Nostra Gardens & Furnas Hot Springs

5 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-210
  • Terra Nostra Park
  • Ribiera Grande
  • Caldeiras (hot springs) & Furnas Lake

Experience São Miguel's botanical and geothermal wonders during this active, half-day guided excursion via motorcoach. View the island's oldest town featuring 16th-century Portuguese architecture. Stroll through breathtaking botanical gardens lush with hydrangeas, camellias and subtropical trees. Visit a geothermal valley filled with hot springs, mud pools, and steaming geysers.

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Crater Lakes, Sete Cidades & Wine Tasting

3.75 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-310
  • Sete Cidadas & Crater Lakes

Enjoy São Miguel's magnificent views on this active, half-day guided tour via motorcoach. Visit a volcano village and its rim for majestic vistas of Crater Lakes (one green, one blue) located in an extinct caldera. Indulge in a wine and cheese-tasting experience at one of your port city's 4-star hotels.

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Crater Lakes, Sete Cidades & Wine Tasting (Guided in French)

3.75 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-314
  • Sete Cidadas & Crater Lakes

Enjoy São Miguel's magnificent views on this active, half-day guided tour via motorcoach. Visit a volcano village and its rim for majestic vistas of Crater Lakes (one green, one blue) located in an extinct caldera. Indulge in a wine and cheese-tasting experience at one of your port city's 4-star hotels.

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Adventure Azores: Sao Miguel by 4x4

3.5 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-460
  • Sete Cidadas & Crater Lakes
  • Outdoor Adventure

Head off the beaten path with this rigorous, half-day guided adventure via 4WD vehicle to explore rugged, volcanic São Miguel. Travel rough tracks and ford streams to view lava outcrops, indigenous forests, and meadows lined with colorful hydrangeas. Enjoy photo opportunities and learn about the sights that you encounter.

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Ribeira Grande,Terra Nostra Garden & Furnas Valley

8 hours | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | PDL-100
  • Ribiera Grande
  • Caldeiras (hot springs) & Furnas Lake
  • Terra Nostra Park
  • Pineapple Greenhouses

Take in the highlights of Sao Miguel with this rigorous, full-day guided excursion via air-conditioned motorcoach to visit a pineapple greenhouse, the island's oldest colonial village, a volcanic valley, and a stunning botanical garden. Enjoy vistas of a mystical crater lake and indulge in lunch at Terra Nostra Casino.

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