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The Island

São Miguel is famous for its beautiful landscapes and exceptional volcanic lakes. The largest of the Azorean islands it measures 65km long by 16km wide and is known as Ilhe Verde - Green Island.

A stunning coastline of small bays with black sand and precipitous sea cliffs interspersed with small harbours adding further interest.

The island features three major calderas - volcanic craters - now with lakes sparkling at the bottom. Sete Citdades even has a village at the bottom of the crater and two lakes one blue and one green.

At Lagoa das Furnas boiling sulphurous water comes to the surface through hot springs near the lake and is a reminder of the volcanic origin of all of the islands. The mountains rise to over 1000m. As an example of São Miguel’s climate one finds the only tea and pineapple plantations in Europe, both well worth a visit on non walking days.

Rarely could a visitor fail to be impressed by the incredible myriad of all the different shades of greens exhibited by its extensive prairies forests tobacco fields and tea plantations as well as the abundance of hues this island has to offer… We recommend a stay of a week on this island with the highlights walkable during a four night stay.

The Walking

Three key walks take in the three largest volcanic lakes. They are all very different in colour setting and terrain despite their common origins and are scattered across the island.

Walk coastal paths linking fishing villages interspersed by high cliffs or wind your way across emerald fields passing through small villages with sea views ever present. Plenty of opportunity for a refreshing sea swim or a hot-pool bath.

A number of walks can be accessed by public transport others will require a taxi, our local representative will arrange these for you upon request.

Guided Walking

Guided walks are available six days every week and we include four walks during a seven night guided walking stay. Walks are from 4 - 9 miles in length and considered easy or moderate level. We offer walks to the three major volcanic lakes as well as coastal and rural walks. All have been chosen to ensure the walker sees the best that São Miguel has to offer.

Island Hopping

Why not visit more than one island as each one is different and well worth a visit? We can arrange a trip taking in more than one island. If travelling for two weeks we would recommend 5 – 6 nights on São Miguel and the remaining 8 – 9 nights spread between the three other islands we feature. We can arrange all inter isl

and journeys whether by boat or flying. Please contact us for a quotation and we will advise on the best combination according to your wishes and the available inter island transport.

Walk Grading

Guided - Easy & Moderate

Self Guided - Easy & Moderate

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Hotel Vila Nova *** Ponta Delgada, São Miguel - 3 Star

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This hotel is well located near the harbour and the centre of Ponta Delgada. Local buses and the guided pick up point is very close.

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Hotel Do Colegio**** Ponta Delgada, São Miguel - 4 Star

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Walking is possible all year around in the Azores. Spring is early here so April and May are good times and Autumn extends into November.

Being islands in the middle of the Atlantic it does rain with the wettest months from October to March. The driest are July and August. There is only a 9°C variation (15° - 24°C) in temperature between the coldest and warmest months so it is never very cold nor are there prolonged hot days.



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There is a direct service from London to São Miguel. Also São Miguel can be reached by flight from Lisbon on a regular basis. There are flights to Lisbon from a number of UK points.

There are flights as follows:

São Miguel - there is a direct service from from London Gatwick and connecting flights (one change) from Heathrow Gatwick Luton Bristol Birmingham Manchester Liverpool Isle of Man Newcastle Edinburgh Glasgow Aberdeen Inverness, Dublin and Belfast; (two changes) from Jersey, Guernsey and Newquay

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Sao Miguel

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation in a standard room with half board*

  • Transfers between São Miguel airport and the hotel

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast

Optional:

  •  ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* between London Gatwick and Ponta Delgada for São Miguel airport. Flights are also available from many local airports (exact price for your dates available on request).

* For important details of our flight price policy click here

Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2016


Please note: Many local governments now impose a small tax on tourists which is collected by the hotel in cash, usually on check out. Although we endeavour to include this in your holiday cost, it is unfortunately not possible. The rate of tax varies on location and the star rating of the hotel; they usually ask for this tax in cash (approximately €1 - €3). 

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on a shared twin/double standard room.

Hotel Do Colegio****

Dates

7 nights half board*

With flights#

Extra night

Per person

Single supplement

per night

7 nights half board*

Own air travel arrangements

Guided supplement

for 4 days guided

walking

01 Sep -15 Sep

889

92

49

699

170

16 Sep - 31 Oct

829

81

37

639

170

01 Nov - 31 Mar

879

74

29

609

170

01 Apr – 31May

799

81

37

639

170

01 Jun – 15 Sep

939

92

49

699

170

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast
# For important details of our flight price policy click here

Room upgrades (per person per night):

Do Colegio:

  • Superior Room £10

  • Suite £10

  • Superior Suite £23

Hotel Vila Nova***

Dates

7 nights half board*

With flights#

Extra night

Per person

Single supplement

per night

7 nights half board*

Own air travel arrangements

Guided supplement

for 4 days guided

walking

01 Sep -26 Sep

671

67

19

481

170

27 Sep - 31 Oct

651

61

19

461

170

01 Nov - 21 Mar

701

56

19

431

170

22 Mar – 02May

621

61

19

461

170

03May – 16May

641

67

19

481

170

17 May – 13Jun

701

61

19

461

170

14 Jun – 30Aug

721

67

19

481

170

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast
# For important details of our flight price policy click here

Room upgrades (per person per night):

Vila Nova:

  • Junior suite £29

  • Suite £45

Update: PK09

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