Largest place in the Azores and capital of São Miguel since 1522, Ponta Delgada is a flat town that stretches along a bay on the island´s south coast. Boasting many impressive churches, convents and majestic white houses, visitors are constantly reminded of its wealthy and illustrious past, when the port was a crucial staging post between Europe and the New World during the Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Ponta Delgada is a good base from which to make day tours of the volcanic crater lakes and thermal springs in the centre of the island. A short drive north-west of the city is the spectacular setting of Caldeira das Sete Cidades, an extinct volcano which holds two adjoining lakes, one emerald-green and the other sapphire-blue.
Day by day itinerary
SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND
Departure from the Hotel at 9.00 AM
Departure from Ponta Delgada towards the north coast of the island in order to visit the city of Ribeira Grande and its surroundings.
In the parish of Ribeira Seca we will make a short stop at a Renaissance fountain, which witnesses past times.
This fountain was covered by lava from a volcano that erupted in 1563, burying the settlement that used to exist there.
Arriving in the city center, we already noticed the 17th-century Baroque architecture and XVIII of the buildings, of which we will visit the most important, in a short walk.
Now taking the mountain road that winds up to Lagoa do Fogo we will reach the viewpoint over Lagoa do Fogo.
A huge lagoon with crystal clear waters that rests calmly at the base of a volcanic basin.
At this point, you can also see both the north and south coasts of the island.
Descending the mountain towards the seaside of the south coast, until Vila da Lagoa, with a panoramic view of the central area of the island.
Visit the Vieira pottery factory, where all pottery objects are made by hand.
Return to the city Ponta Delgada
Entrance Fees when with Guide
Transportation not specified.
Meals not specified
Gratuities to Guides and Drivers (not mandatory but given if you have a good time)
Any other items not specified in the itinerary or What’s Included
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