Azores: Sao Miguel 7-Day Itinerary

The Azores❤️. What a beautiful spot on earth! Have you visited these Portuguese islands in Europe yet? If your answer is "No, but I'd love to go" or "No, but Sonja and Jerry, I just bought the flight ticket, aaaaaa!", then we might have something that will help you plan your trip: ta-ta it's your Sao Miguel 7-day itinerary. 

São Miguel, Azores - 7-Day Itinerary

Sao Miguel 7-Day Itinerary

Let's have a look what you can squeeze into a 7-day itinerary on Sao Miguel island:

Day 1 - Ponta Delgada

Fly into the airport of Ponta Delgada, the capital city of the Sao Miguel island. The city is not so big, so if you go for a stroll around the city, you will most likely see the majority of the sights. But if you are a sightseer than these are the top things to do in Ponta Delgada: Portas de Cidade, Igreja do Santo Cristo, Igreja do Sao Pedro, Nucleo de Santa Barbara, Forte de S. Bras, Palacio de Presidencia. Don't forget to try some delicious local food and wine at one of the restaurants - a very good one is called A Tasca. Sleep over in Ponta Delgada.

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta Delgada
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta Delgada
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta Delgada
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta Delgada
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Portas de Cidade in Ponta Delgada
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Portas de Cidade in Ponta Delgada

Day 2 - Furnas

Furnas shouldn't be missed on your Sao Miguel 7-day itinerary! Pack your swim suit, take a bus and go straight to a place called Terra Nostra. Enjoy a bath in this warm iron lake. Afterwards go for a walk through this beautiful garden full of different plants! Once out, walk to the Furnas lake and stroll around the lake. On the way you will see a natural wonder -  the Furnas geyser. That's it. Day 2 is over. Go back to Ponta Delgada by bus.

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Terra Nostra in Furnas
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Terra Nostra in Furnas
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Terra Nostra in Furnas
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Terra Nostra in Furnas
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Terra Nostra in Furnas
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Terra Nostra in Furnas

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Furnas Lake
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Furnas Lake
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Furnas Lake
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Furnas Lake
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Furnas Lake
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Furnas Lake

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Furnas Geysers
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Furnas Geysers

Day 3 - Dolphin and Whale Watching

Prepare your stomach. On day 3, you can do a 5-hour dolphin and whale watching tour. We recommend to do this tour with Moby Dick Tours in Ponta Delgada, as they do their best to spot as many sea animals as possible. Despite the fact, that we only saw different types of dolphins and no whales, it was an unforgettable experience. In order to have higher chances to see whales too, consider visiting the island early summer (June). Oh and, don't to this tour if you tend to get sea sick ;) If you have some energy left, be courageous and hitchhike (we did it - so much fun!) to the cute neighbour village called Vila Franca do Campo. Once back, sleep over in Ponta Delgada.

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Dolphins
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Dolphins
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Dolphins and Whale Watching
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Dolphins and Whale Watching
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Dolphins and Whale Watching
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Dolphins and Whale Watching

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Dolphins Watching
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Dolphins Watching

Day 4 - Sete Cidades & Mosteiros

Day 4 will be a pure adventure and there will be lots of "wauu, wooow, boaahhh"! Get up early, it will be a long day. It's time to see the most famous spot on this island. Sete Cidades. But first, organize a car for the rest of the week. Once done, drive from Ponta Delgada to Ponta da Ferreira. Observe the volcanic scenery and plunge into the hot thermal water. After some cool hours at the seaside, head to the village Sete Cidades and check out the nature around Lake Azul. Then park your car at the bridge that devides Lake Azul and Lake Verde. Start hiking to this beautiful viewpoint - Vista do Rei. Once there, check out the abandoned hotel and climb to the roof to enjoy the views (yes, it's allowed). Now, hitchhike to the BEST PLACE EVER on this island - Lagoa of Canario viewpoint!! (you can also hike back to the car and then drive to this point). Aren't these views spectacular? Finished? Now it's up to you. If you have some energy left, you can end the day with a romantic sunset. Drive to Mosteiros, a small village on the Northwestern part of the island and have a glass of wine ready. Sleep over in Ponta Delgada, Ribeiria Grande or wherever you like :)

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta da Ferraira
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta da Ferraira
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta da Ferreira
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta da Ferreira
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta da Ferraira
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta da Ferraira

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta da Ferraira
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta da Ferraira
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Vista do Rei
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Vista do Rei
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Azul in Sete Cidades
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Azul in Sete Cidades
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lagoa of Canario Viewpoint
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lagoa of Canario Viewpoint

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Mosteiros
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Mosteiros

Day 5 - Lake Fogo

It might be that day 5 will be another highlight of your trip. Well, we don't know. But it's quite possible :) Lake Fogo will do its magic, that's for sure! Plan a whole day for this trip. There are two ways to spend the day - one option is to park the car and descend to the lake and then walk along it until you find a place you feel most comfortable to spend your day at - a place where you'll be lying on the beach and take a swim in the water. Another option is to go on a 7-hour hike around the lake. 

Sleep over in Ribeira Grande or wherever you are staying. 

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Fogo
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Fogo
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Fogo
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Fogo
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Fogo
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Fogo

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Fogo
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Lake Fogo

Day 6 - Northern Coast

A region that surprised us the most was the Northern coast. The views over the cliffs are spectacular. Don't forget to include it on your Sao Miguel 7-day itinerary! Start your day by visiting the viewpoint Ponta do Cintrao, then head to the next one called Miradouro de Santa Iria. If you're interested to see tea plantations and buy some local tea, go to the Gorreana factory. After that drive all the way to the park named "Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões" and chill out. Now go for a lunch break in the cute village with white houses Nordeste. When your stomach is full, drive to Ponta da Marquesa to enjoy the views and last but not least finish your day at Ponta do Sossego. Drive back and sleep over in Ribeira Grande or wherever you are staying.

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Viewpoint "Miradouro de Santa Iria"
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Viewpoint "Miradouro de Santa Iria"
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta do Cintrao
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta do Cintrao
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Gorreana Tea Plantations
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Gorreana Tea Plantations

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary -Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary -Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta do Sossego
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Ponta do Sossego

Day 7 - Beach Time

Oh, finally. Beach time! Much needed after an adventurous 7-day trip on Sao Miguel island. Choose the legendary and marvellous beach called Praia dos Moinhos in the northern part of the island. Don't look any further. It's one of the best beaches on the island and it is recommended by many locals. Have a coffee, enjoy the sun, take a swim or just have a nap on the beach. Watch out the time though as you need to catch your plane :) 

Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Praia dos Moinhos
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Praia dos Moinhos
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Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Praia dos Moinhos
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Praia dos Moinhos
Azores, Sao Miguel: 7-Day Itinerary - Praia dos Moinhos


That's it. 7 days are over. What a pity! But hey, don't be sad... You can already start planning your next adventure. Isn't that a cool thing too? So, what's next after the Azores, huh? Tell us, tell us!! ;)

 

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PS: Here is a short video of our 7-day itinerary on Sao Miguel Island! 


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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Reni (Sunday, 05 November 2017 08:47)

    Wow! Your pictures are amazing. I wish we could say: "Hey Sonja and Jerry, we just bought flights.." but we definitely know that we would love to visit the Azorens. The landscape looks so beautiful and it's so green. Absolutely stunning.

    Best wishes from the rainforost in Australia

  • #2

    Sonja (Sunday, 05 November 2017 10:53)

    Thank you Reni! We're glad you like it! Yes, the Azores are such a beautiful spot on earth, full of lush vegetation. Really recommendable! You should put it on your bucket list ;)

    Enjoy Australia :)

  • #3

    Nigel William (Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:04)

    Hi, Sonja! Yet another great story and magical place to discover! Speaking of magic, these photos are amazing. It really looks like you had a great time. I hope more people find them inspirational like I do and go on this adventure themselves. You did a great job with details, there is a little something to anyone. I was wondering, is this anything you wish you knew before going on this trip?

  • #4

    Sonja (Saturday, 11 November 2017 23:17)

    Hi Nigel, thanks again for your comment! Yes, the Azores are a cool place on earth too! :) Especially the North of the Sao Miguel island is fantastic. Hmmm... to answer your question - it is recommendable to hire a car, definitely. It is also great to choose 2 different locations to stay when on the island..