Portugal·April 21 - 28 2023
April is the perfect time to visit Sao Miguel. Gorgeous pink azaleas in all directions and the perfect temperature for hotsprings!BOOK NOW
Give yourself the gift of a Sao Miguel adventure. This experience will be the perfect blend of adventure and rejuvenation. We'll spend five days exploring the island and taking in the views, and then the last two day relaxing in the hot spring at the Terra Nostra Gardens! The Terra Nostra Gardens is full of exotic flowers, winding paths and unique grottos. You'll have 24 hour access to enjoy the pool and gardens during your stay.
Meet your host!
Darcio is native Azorean born on the island of Faial. After time in America, the Netherlands and mainland Portugal Darcio made his home in Terceira.
Darcio is a certified Geopark guide with a passion for nature and history. By our standards Darcio is the best tour guide in the Azores and our clients tend to agree!
Here's the itinerary for your adventure on Sao Miguel!
After checking into the hotel you can grab breakfast and take a quick walk around the city of Ribeira Grande.
We'll then leave you to rest and join you again at 6:00 in the lobby "Welcome" meeting at the bar overlooking the ocean.
Today we'll start the day with the magnificant Lagoa do Fogo - Lake of Fire. You'll be blown away by views of this stunning virgin untouched beach. We'll try the liquors of Mulher de Capote and then we'll head to the beautiful waterfall of Salto do Prego. We'll stop at the hot springs of Caldeira Velha to relax and then we'll head back to the hotel.
Today we start at the pineapple plantation and learn about the unique way pineapples are grown in the Azores. We'll then continue on to explore Sete Cidades (Seven CIties) from top to bottom. Enjoy views from the Kings view point and then we'll continue down to visit the city and have a buffet lunch with traditional foods. We'll spend time at the lakes edge and end our day with sunset at Moisteros.
Enjoy a day at the beach, explore the city of Ribeira Grande. Schedule your welcome spa treatment. Take time for yourself.
Today we'll start by exploring the iconic landscape of the Goreanna Tea Plantation. We'll then continue to the east side of the island as we spend time in the gorgeous park of Ribeira dos Caldeiros. We'll meander the trails of this old water mill village and enjoy the views in every direction. We'll continue on the visit Nordeste and Povoacao and stop at the waterfall of Ribeira Quente before we head back to Ribeira Grande.
We'll be checking out of our hotel today as we begin our next phase of our adventure. We'll stop first at the point of Santa Iria which gives you breathtaking coast line views. We'll then stop at the tea plantation of Porto Formosa and try the black tea of the oldest tea plantation of Europe. After tea we'll head to Furnas where you'll see the active steam geysers and for lunch we'll try the cozido, the traditional meal prepared in the geysers. We'll end the day checking into the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel. As a guest you'll have unlimited access to the botanical gardens and hot spring pool.
Today we'll relax and enjoy the Terra Nostra botanical gardens and hot springs. Get lost on the endless paths, explore the grottos and be mesmerised by the beauty of Terra Nostra.
We'll gather at 6:30 for our final dinner together.
All good things must end. Enjoy your final breakfast and take your last stroll through the garden before we head to the airport.
Transfers to and from the hotel
Local guides to take care of everything!
5 nights in the Hotel Verde Mar & Spa
Welcome spa treatment at Hotel Verde Spa
2 nights at Terra Nostra Garden Hotel
Flights to and from Sao Miguel
See for Yourself
Natural Wonders and Wonderful Nature
People who travel here are people who appreciate nature at its most jurassic, technicolor and surreal (and people who own hiking boots and rain pants). The blues and greens of the lagoons and mountainsides are almost electrically charged—so vivid they practically make your eyes hurt. Seagulls build their nests in the lush vegetation, especially around the island’s other famous crater lake, Lagoa do Fogo. Candy-colored hydrangeas line the winding roads as a practical matter (their strong roots defend against erosion), and in spring, everything lights up hot pink with azaleas.
Our first visit to the Azores and the island of Sao Miguel was the most amazing and relaxing trip I have ever experienced. Kristi planned everything perfectly for us, from the breathtaking views of Sete Cidades to the magnificent Terra Nostra Gardens and hot springs. The best tours were provided that took us to every part of this beautiful island.
This beautiful hotel is located ocean front in the north coast city of Ribeira Grande.
Truly a dream setting. This stunning hotel boasts acess to the gorgeous botanical gardens and hot spring pool.
The Azores are located in the northern Atlantic Ocean, roughly 2,400 miles east of the U.S. and 930 miles west of Lisbon, making them the closest European land to the United States. The Portuguese archipelago is made up of nine volcanic islands spread across 400 miles, which are divided into three island clusters: eastern (São Miguel and Santa Maria islands), central (Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, Graciosa, and Faial), and western (Flores and Corvo).
The Azores, as part of Portugal, is a European Union member and uses the Euro.
The Azoreans speak Portuguese. Many people do speak English though, and language is not an issue.
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