São Miguel: Fly & Drive

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For 6-Nights or More: Discover São Miguel's scenic roads at your own pace.

Hit the road and discover the secret spots of São Miguel island! 

What's Included?

All flights and connections
Accommodation for your destination
Rental Car
Expert trip manager
All taxes & fees

Why we love this deal:

  • The Pace Is Set for Your Island Exploration: With a car included in your package, you have the freedom to explore São Miguel on your own terms. No fixed schedules or crowded tours—just you and the open road, ready for thrilling adventures.
  • Hidden Treasures Are Waiting: Embark on a journey to uncover hidden gems like the enchanting Lagoa do Congro and the awe-inspiring Castelo Branco Viewpoint. These off-the-beaten-path destinations offer a sense of tranquility and wonder that's truly unmatched.
  • Local Expertise at Your Service: At Azores Getaways, our in-depth knowledge of the Azores ensures that you'll experience the island like a true insider. Count on us for insider tips, authentic recommendations, and unparalleled local expertise throughout your journey. 
  • Customizable: Tailor your getaway to perfection! Extend your stay with additional nights or enhance your adventure with exciting excursions.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrival in São Miguel Island

Welcome to the Azores! Begin your adventure by conveniently picking up your rental car at the airport.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take the day to stroll around Ponta Delgada’s city streets. Ponta Delgada, the main city, is not only the hub of the island but the capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada evokes all the charms of Europe with cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes, and a thriving culinary scene. 
    • Portas da Cidade
    • Louvre Michaelense
    • Pineapple Plantations
    • Matriz Church

Suggestion for the day:

  • Explore the wonders of Sete Cidades, including Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Lagoa de Santiago, Lagoa do Canário, and the captivating Boca do Inferno Viewpoint. Don't miss the chance to venture to the neighboring village of Mosteiros, a perfect spot for a picturesque sunset. While in the western part of the island, treat yourself to the rejuvenating experience of an ocean thermal bath at Ferraria.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Lagoa do Fogo, which translates roughly into "Lagoon of Fire". This Protected Natural Reserve sits tucked away atop the impressive Pico da Barrosa, far from the whir, hum, and hurry of civilization below. Lagoa do Fogo's crystal-clear turquoise waters are surrounded by tall mountain peaks, lush vegetation, and white sand on all sides. Take in the magnificent views at any of the viewpoints around the mountaintop, or if you're feeling adventurous, venture out on one of the many hiking trails that lead down to the lake's edge.
  • Thermal Bath at Caldeira Velha: For those of you reading who still don’t quite know exactly what thermal waters are…we are happy to explain a bit more! Thermal waters are heated by a volcano, and thermal pools are usually fed by nearby springs. Caldeira Velha is the only place where you can see the majestic spring “feeding” the luxurious pools, and there’s nothing better than swimming right up to it and receiving an invigorating but relaxing, natural thermal massage. This is just another authentic experience you’ll be able to have while enjoying the Azores! Besides the waterfall pool, Caldeira Velha also has two smaller pools where the water is a bit hotter.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Embark on a Whale and Dolphin-watching Experience: The Azores Islands are known for their unparalleled beauty and biodiversity, adored by outdoor adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. But what people may not know is that the Azores is also one of the fastest-growing whale-watching destinations in the world. Located in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home and natural point of passage to more than 20 different types of whale and dolphin species, making the islands one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Hiking Adventure: Whether you're an experienced hiker seeking a rugged challenge or a casual explorer looking for scenic walks, São Miguel Island delivers a hiking experience unlike any other, with every step unveiling the island's natural wonders and rich biodiversity.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Nordeste: Discover the hidden gem of São Miguel Island, the remote and enchanting Nordeste.
    • Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint
    • Ponta da Madrugada Viewpoint
    • Arnel Lighthouse
    • Poço Azul Hiking Trail
    • Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park

Thank you for choosing us! We hope you had an incredible time. 

*itinerary presented is a suggestion and the length of stay may vary. All tours are suggestions unless specifically stated.

Flexibility Policy

No Amendment Fees on Our End
We don’t charge for our work in changing the initial itinerary.
Full flexibility on Land Arrangements
Change the initial itinerary or cancel your land arrangements for any reason until 14 days before the trip, without penalty.
Travel Support Anytime, Anywhere
Our experienced travel agents are available 7 days a week to help with any questions, requests, or issues from when you book until after you return from your trip.

About the Destination:

Fans of adventure sports will enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding in the beautiful lakes or ocean, surfing the Atlantic waves, or canyoning down the gorgeous waterfalls around the island. Go hiking and explore the island's wonders on foot with the mighty Atlantic as the background. Discover hidden beaches and marvel at the many waterfalls around the island. If this isn't tantalizing enough, think about seeing Earth breathing through fumaroles and mud pots, and then enjoying a relaxing evening soak in a natural hot spring while gazing at the stars.

Enjoy the island's quaint fishing villages, seaside restaurants, and delicious seafood. Taste a superb meal cooked underground, known as cozido, and sample the locally grown sweet pineapple. There are numerous vacation activities to be enjoyed on the island, so take advantage of this great vacation package and come have an amazing adventure!

Check out our Azores Travel Guide for more information and tips.

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Reviews

9.1 Based on 26 reviews
Douglas, Connecticut
23 Jan 2024
Amazing! Great service and everything went smoothly.
Nancy, South Carolina
14 Dec 2023
Wonderful!
Jennifer, Rhode Island
13 Nov 2023
It was wonderful exploring the island of Sao Miguel with such beautiful and lush greenery along with so much coastline. This was a thoroughly enjoyable vacation!
Douglas, Connecticut
23 Jan 2024
Amazing! Great service and everything went smoothly.
Nancy, South Carolina
14 Dec 2023
Wonderful!
Jennifer, Rhode Island
13 Nov 2023
It was wonderful exploring the island of Sao Miguel with such beautiful and lush greenery along with so much coastline. This was a thoroughly enjoyable vacation!
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