Church next to Lake Furnas São Miguel Azores
Lagoa de Fogo São Miguel Azores

ACCESSIBLE ISLAND TOUR FROM PONTA DELGADA: EAST SIDE – APPROX. 8 HOURS

Highlights of this tour:

  • Viewpoint Pico da Barrosa
  • Viewpoint Lagoa do Fago
  • Cidade de Ribeira Grande
  • Fábrica de Chá Gorreana
  • Viewpoint Pico do Ferro
  • Lago das Furnas
  • Parque Terra Nostra
 

Viewpoints Pico da Barrosa & Lagoa do Fogo

Your first stop on this full day accessible tour is the viewpoint Pico da Barrosa. From here, you can look over Lagao do Fogo or Lake Fire. This lake is the highest crater lake that you will find on the Island. From Pico da Barrosa, you will continue to the next viewpoint called Miradouro da Lagoa do Fogo. This look-out lies closer to the volcano and the lake.
 

Caldeira Velha

Our next stop is yet another natural phenomenon that we do not experience on a daily basis. Caldeira Velha is a nature reserve located on the North slope of the Fogo Volcano. Expect a hidden forest with thick vegetation, characterized by intense green colors. Caldeira Velha is a small waterfall with warm water that runs into natural baths. The water contains a lot of natural iron, which is considered to entail a number of health benefits. Unfortunately, the bath itself is not accessible.
 

Ribeira Grande

Next, it is time to head to the North end of the Island to Ribeira Grande. This old town is a popular highlight on the island. It is a lovely village built along the banks of the Ribeira Grande river. The old town’s architecture dates from the 17th and 18th century. Wander around the narrow streets whilst learning interesting facts about its rich history. Interesting are the facades of the many churches that you will find in Ribeira Grande.
 

Fábrica de Chá Gorreana

A 15-minute drive to the East brings us to the oldest and only tea estate in Europe, the Fábrica de Chá Gorreana. During your visit you will be able to see the plantations, learn about the history and production of thee.
 

Lago das Furnas and Pico do Ferro

Take a moment to relax during the 30-minute drive southward in the direction of Lake Furnas. Here, we will stop at the famous Pico do Ferro viewpoint. It provides you with impressive views over Lake Furnas.
 

Parque Terra Nostra

The last stop before heading back to Ponta Delgada is a visit to the Terra Nostra Garden. This botanical garden was built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Both locals and tourists visit the place. Some enjoy a bath in the geothermal pool, others enjoy the variety of exotic vegetation.