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São Miguel is famous for its beautiful landscapes and exceptional volcanic lakes. The largest of the Azorean islands it is known as Ilhe Verde - Green Island. A stunning coastline of small bays with black sand and precipitous sea cliffs interspersed with small harbours add 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 contrasting 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.

The Walking

Three key walks take in the three largest volcanic lakes. They are all very different in colour 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 stunning sea views. There are plenty of opportunities 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. 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.

Walk Grading:

São Miguel - Easy to Moderate (self-guided and guided).

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Hotel Vila Nova 3*, São Miguel - 3 Star

This hotel is well located near the harbour of Ponta Delgada. Local buses and the guided pick up point are very close. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast and dinner in the light and modern Atlantis Restaurant which serves a selection of local and international dishes.

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Hotel Do Colégio 4*, São Miguel - 4 Star

Located in a quiet side street within the historical centre of Ponta Delgada yet within easy walking distance of all the places you would want to visit. The building originally housed a music school dating back to the 19th century and has retained many of the original features and atmosphere. You can enjoy your breakfast and dinner in the award winning A Colmeia Restaurant which features a stone arched ceiling and serves a signature cuisine made from locally grown ingredients.

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Hotel Talisman 4*, São Miguel - 4 Star

The charming Art Deco Boutique hotel is located in the historical centre of Ponta Delgada. The rooms are large with comfortable beds and luxurious bed linen. The partially covered outdoor swimming pool offers stunning views over the city, ocean and mountains. The Palm Terrace Restaurant has two modern dining rooms with an outdoor terrace serving seafood and Portuguese cuisine. There is also a Skylight Bar and Lounge where you can enjoy an after dinner cocktail.

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Self-Guided Itinerary:

Day 1
Arrive in São Miguel. Overnight São Miguel (B&B).

Day 2 Take the bus (timetable provided) to Furnas and walk to the Lagoa das Furnas. The walk starts and finishes in the attractive village of Furnas, with an optional extra walk round the village at the end of the main walk. Confirmation of the volcanic origins of São Miguel is nowhere more evident than here. The picturesque Parque Terra Nostra is in the village centre, together with thermal baths. Overnight São Miguel (HB - Half Board).

Ascent: 160m. Descent: 160m. Distance: 7 miles. Time: 2.45 hours (not including possible extensions).

Day 3 Take the bus (timetable provided) to Sete Cidades, set within the volcanic crater containing Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde, a must on any visit to São Miguel. One route takes you up to the crater rim on the west side of the lakes, finally descending to the small village of Joao Bom. Overnight São Miguel (HB).

Ascent: 480m. Descent: 510m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 4 Take a day to relax and explore this interesting island. Overnight São Miguel (HB).

Day 5 Take the bus (timetable provided) to Povocao. This walk takes you from almost sea level, steeply uphill across meadows, through dense woodland, alongside a levada (water channel), and finally over heather covered mountainside to arrive at the remote shore of Lagoa do Fogo, the highest lake of São Miguel. Overnight São Miguel (HB).

Ascent: 610m. Descent: 610m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 6 Take the bus (timetable provided) to Lomba da Cruz. This is a real roller coaster of a route, basically parallel with the main west coast road westwards, but lower and nearer the sea. The views are best from Ginetes, and at Ponta do Esclavado. Overnight São Miguel (HB).

Ascent: 350m. Descent: 450m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 7 Take a short taxi ride to Nine Windows Wall where the route takes you around the east and north sides of the crater rim of the twin lakes of Sete Cidade. After only a short climb the track undulates along the ridge, affording splendid views on both sides. An option exists to extend the walk to cover the west rim as well as far as Vista do Rei, and then descend past Lagoa Verde to the village. Overnight São Miguel (HB).

Ascent: 130m. Descent: 590m. Distance: 7.25 miles. Time: 3.5 hours (excluding possible extensions).

Day 8 Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Walking is possible all year around in the Azores. Spring is early so April and May are good times and Autumn extends into November. Being islands in the middle of the Atlantic it does tend to 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 average day time temperature between the coldest and warmest months so it is never very cold nor are there any prolonged hot days.



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There is a non-stop service from London to São Miguel. São Miguel can also be reached from Lisbon on a non-stop regular basis with flights connecting from a number of UK airports as well as from New York and Toronto. There are also non-stop flights straight into São Miguel from Boston, Toronto and Montreal.

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São Miguel

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation in a standard room with half board* (B&B on first night)

  • Return 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:

  • 4 days guided walking is available at a supplement (English speaking guide and transport included)

  • ‘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 2017/18

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

Hotel Vila Nova***

Dates

1 night B&B, 6 nights half board*

With Flights#

1 night B&B, 6 nights half board*

Own International Flights

Extra night

per person (includes HB)

Single supplement

per night

Guided supplement

for 4 days guided

walking

01 May – 15 Jun

679

489

63

22

200

16 Jun – 30 Sep

749

539

69

32

200

01 Oct – 31 Oct

679

489

63

22

200

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast

# For important details of our flight price policy click here

Room upgrades (per person per night):

  • Junior suite £45

  • Suite deluxe £75

Hotel Talisman****

Dates

1 night B&B, 6 nights half board*

With Flights#

1 night B&B, 6 nights half board*

Own International Flights

Extra night

per person (includes HB)

Single supplement

per night

Guided supplement

for 4 days guided

walking

01 May – 15 Jun

719

539

64

23

200

16 Jun – 30 Sep

829

619

76

33

200

01 Oct – 31 Oct

719

539

64

23

200

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast

# For important details of our flight price policy click here

Room upgrades (per person per night):

  • Suite £26

Hotel Do Colegio****

Dates

1 night B&B, 6 nights half board*

With Flights#

1 night B&B, 6 nights half board*

Own International Flights

Extra night

per person (includes HB)

Single supplement

per night

Guided supplement

for 4 days guided

walking

01 May – 15 Jun

809

619

75

30

200

16 Jun – 30 Sep

909

699

88

40

200

01 Oct – 31 Oct

799

609

75

30

200

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast

# For important details of our flight price policy click here

Room upgrades (per person per night):

  • Superior Room £10

  • Suite £10

  • Superior Suite £19


Update: QJ10 

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