Rating in United Kingdom
$ 280

Explore São Miguel on foot

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 280
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: England, United States, Netherlands
Guide language: English, Portuguese
Price: min $ 280
Group size: min 2 — max 16
Duration: 5 days
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  • Day 1 - Exploring Faial da Terra
  • Day 2 - Route to Pristine
  • Day 3 - Walking on the North Shore
  • Day 4 - The highest mountain of São Miguel
  • Day 5 - Sete Cidades (half day)

Day 1 - Exploring Faial da Terra

This trail begins and ends in the parish of Faial da Terra - Municipality of Povoação, and lasts approximately 3,5 hours. Initially it raises to the place of Sanguinho, that got its name from the abundant endemic with the same name (Frangula azorica). Then, the trail continues to the waterfall "Salto do Prego", in one of the most beautiful places of the island. This is the perfect stopover for pick nick lunch and also for bathing in the crystal-clear waters of the waterfall. The return is done along the path parallel to a stream that flows from the waterfall to the parish of Faial da Terra, through lush vegetation. He return to Ponta Delgada includes a stop in the village of Povoação, the first village of São Miguel Island.

Day 2 - Route to Pristine

The tour begins with a drive along the south coast of the island, with ocean views and to the hills of the mountain of Lagoa do Fogo. This 11 kms trail begins in a dirt path through woods of Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), australian cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum) wild kahili ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum). and New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax, a New Zealand plant ) and an enormous number of endemic plants. . The trail then continues along the levada ( about 2 kms) until you reach a wider area, with large slopes on both sides going to the margins of Lagoa do Fogo. During the ascent there are several places where you can enjoy a magnificent view of Vila Franca do Campo and his Islet and the hills of the south side of the island. The stop for lunch is made along , the shores of the lake. The return to the initial point is made by a path that traverses an area covered in endemic vegetation, flowing into an area of pastures, as we lower altitude, arriving near by the initial point. Finished the walking tour, we return to Ponta Delgada, including a visit to the bathing area of Caloura harbour, with a confort stop and possibility of swimming in the natural pool. We finish the activity with a drive in the south coast back to Ponta Delgada. .

Day 3 - Walking on the North Shore

The day starts with the drive from the meeting point, crossing the island from south to north by the narrowest part . After passing by the only city in the north coast, Ribeira Grande, a great coastline awaits you with it´s amazing views. On the way, it's also possible to see the vast fields with tea plants, the only ones in Europa. This 5,5 km trail begins in the center of a small place on the North side of the island called Ribeira Funda, and takes around 3h to complete. The walking starts in an opened area, turning into a path with dense vegetation, mostly composed by Australian Cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum) and Ginger Lilys (Hedychium gardnerianum). The trail then leads us to some old water mills that were once used to transform wheat and corn into flour , that was used in the confection of bread (the primary food for families all over the island) and passing by various streams until we reach a viewpoint, from where we can see our next stop: Praia da Viola beach. Praia da Viola is a small tranquil beach with rough sand , flanked by a cliff with several water springs. If the Ocean is calm, it is possible to go for a quick swim. In the middle of the hidden beach, there is a trail that takes us to the end of the tour, in the small parish of Maia. Some parts are very narrow and very steep, and might also be slippery. On the return to Ponta Delgada, passing by the northern coast of the island, there is still time to stop at the oldest tea factory of São Miguel, Gorreana tea factory for the tea tasting and stopping in Caldeira Velha, a place up in the hills of the mountain of Lagoa do Fogo were it’s possible to have a bath in the relaxing hot waters. Back on the road, we pass by Ribeira Grande before crossing back to south coast and after a brief drive in the south coast, the activity ends with the arrival in Ponta Delgada.

Day 4 - The highest mountain of São Miguel

The activity starts with the drive from the meeting point to Algarvia. On the way to the starting of the hike, is possible to wonder the amazing views over the landline of the north coast, the green fields of the only tea plantation of Europe and the endless pastures. This 7 km trail begins and ends in the parish of Algarvia, municipality of Nordeste, at 700 meters of altitude. After rising about 1 km through a forest of Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica), the landscape changes to a scenario with endemic species and ground vegetation, composed mainly of grasses that give the name to the place: Graminhais. From here, you can see Povoação, the first place of arrival for the settlers on the island in the XV century. The trail rises until it reaches the highest point on the island of São Miguel, Pico da Vara, at 1105 m above sea level, where you have an amazing view over almost the whole island and a 360º view on top of the mountain. The return to the starting point is done with the descent of the same track, being a bit slippery during the winter. On the return to Ponta Delgada, passing by the northern coast of the island, still time to stop at the oldest tea factory of São Miguel, Gorreana tea factory for a tea tasting and passing by the city of Ribeira Grande, the only city on the north side of the island, before crossing back to south coast, through the narrower part of the island, with just 8 km. After a brief drive in the south coast, the activity ends with the arrival in Ponta Delgada.

Day 5 - Sete Cidades (half day)

The adventure begins inPonta Delgada, where we leave towards Pico do Carvão. This trail, with about 5 kms, starts at the entrance of Mata do Canário, it joins two sections of pre-existing trails and allows you to discover the various lakes in the western part of the island of São . Miguel. In the first part of the walking tour it’s possible to find ground vegetation, mainly grasses, and it is also possible to see the Muro das Nove Janelas, an ancient aqueduct that carried water to Ponta Delgada. After an ascent through an area where the terrain is more irregular, we can observe a large part of the West side of the island, as well as the collapse crater of Sete Cidades. From this location, in days of really good weather, one can see a large part of the island of São , Miguel. On the return to Ponta Delgada, it is possible to stop at the Viewpoint of Vista do Rei, where you will find a magnificent landscape, of the Lagoa Azul and Verde . Along the way back, we find green fields until the entrance of Ponta Delgada.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Turangra
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