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Where to go in São Miguel with Island Hopper Adventures: 5 Must-Visit Spots in the Azores

Updated: Jun 3

Welcome to São Miguel, the emerald gem of the Azores! This enchanting island, with its lush landscapes and stunning vistas, promises adventure at every turn. And what better way to explore its wonders than with Island Hopper Adventures? Our tours are designed to offer you an unforgettable journey through the island’s most captivating spots. Buckle up and let’s dive into the top five must-visit destinations that will make your trip truly memorable!

1. Sete Cidades: The Twin Lakes of Legend

Imagine standing on the edge of a dormant volcanic crater, gazing down at two shimmering lakes – one green, the other blue. This is Sete Cidades, a place steeped in local legend and natural beauty. According to folklore, the lakes were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. Whether you believe the tale or not, there’s no denying the magical atmosphere of this place. Our tour takes you to the best viewpoints, including the famous Vista do Rei, where you can capture breathtaking photos and soak in the serene beauty of the twin lakes.

2. Lagoa do Fogo: A Crater Lake Paradise

Next on our list is Lagoa do Fogo, the "Lake of Fire." This stunning crater lake is perched high in the mountains, offering panoramic views that will leave you in awe. The drive up is an adventure in itself, winding through lush forests and past scenic overlooks. Once at the top, you’ll be greeted by the sight of crystal-clear waters surrounded by unspoiled nature. It’s a perfect spot for hiking, birdwatching, or simply relaxing and enjoying the tranquility. Don’t forget to bring your camera – the vistas here are Instagram-worthy!

3. Furnas: Hot Springs and Botanical Gardens

Furnas is a magical valley that feels like stepping into another world. Famous for its geothermal activity, the area is dotted with steaming hot springs and bubbling geysers. One of the highlights of our tour is a visit to the Terra Nostra Botanical Park, a lush garden paradise where you can soak in a natural hot spring surrounded by exotic plants and flowers. And no trip to Furnas would be complete without tasting the local specialty – Cozido das Furnas, a hearty stew cooked underground using the heat from the volcanic soil. It’s a culinary experience you won’t forget!

4. Ribeira dos Caldeirões: Waterfalls and Nature Trails

For nature lovers, Ribeira dos Caldeirões is a must-visit destination. This picturesque park is home to a series of beautiful waterfalls cascading down rocky cliffs into serene pools below. The lush greenery and tranquil atmosphere make it a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. Explore the walking trails, discover hidden viewpoints, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this enchanting place. It’s a fantastic way to reconnect with nature and capture some stunning photos.

5. Vila Franca do Campo: Historical Charm and Ocean Views

Last but not least, we take you to Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel. This charming town is rich in history and offers breathtaking ocean views. Visit the iconic Nossa Senhora da Paz, a beautiful hilltop chapel with panoramic vistas of the town and the sea. The climb up the steps is rewarded with stunning scenery and a sense of serenity. Explore the town’s quaint streets, enjoy a coffee at a local café, and soak in the laid-back vibe of this historical gem.

Join Us for the Ultimate São Miguel Adventure

At Island Hopper Adventures, we’re passionate about showcasing the best of São Miguel. Our expertly guided tours take you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems and local secrets. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or a history buff, our tours offer something for everyone. Book your tour today and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Azores. Let’s create memories that will last a lifetime!

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