This Sao Miguel itinerary is for a 7 Day adventure full of hiking, spectacular scenery, hot springs and amazing meals.
Katy, the Travel Honey Contributor, spent a month in the Azores on two different trips, and this is the resulting Sao Miguel itinerary of the best 7 days. She stayed 4 nights in Ponta Delgada and 2 nights in Furnas. This itinerary includes all the São Miguel highlights, including Sete Cidades, Lagoa do Fogo, and Lagoa das Furnas and many tasty restaurants. This Sao Miguel itinerary is on-the-go in that there is usually at least one hike every day, but if you want a slower-paced trip, you can choose to skip some of the hikes, take more siestas and spend more time in the hot springs!
Why Visit Sao Miguel Island in the Azores?
Katy chose Sao Miguel island in the Azores, because it’s an easy 4.5 hour flight from Boston, she likes the outdoors and the pictures she’d seen were spectacular.
Sao Miguel Itinerary Overview
Here’s the overview page from Katy’s Sao Miguel Itinerary (get the full 29 pages and interactive map here).
Katy’s Sao Miguel Itinerary Day-by-Day Summary
Sao Miguel Itinerary – São Miguel – Day 1
We arrived early and decided to get going and siesta later. We saw tea plantations, had a delicious lunch, did an urban trek in the afternoon then enjoyed a tasty dinner with a nice view. ? Day 1 Transport: We drove about 25 min from Sao Roque to the tea plantations and circled back to the restaurant on the way back and then parked for our urban trek. Once home, we walked 20 min to dinner.
Sao Miguel Itinerary – São Miguel – Day 2
Start the day with a hike through the forest, enjoy a quality lunch with locals then finish up the day with a hike to Lago do Fogo, a visit to a hot spring and a vegetarian meal so tasty, you won’t miss meat. ? Day 2 Transport: We drove about 20 min from Sao Roque to the hike, then drove about 20 min into Ponta Delgada for lunch. We checked in to Out of the Blue, parking in the lot down the street. It was another 30 min drive to Lago do Fogo and about 10 minutes to Caldeira Velha hot springs and waterfalls.
Sao Miguel Itinerary – São Miguel – Day 3
We left at early to see the spectacular Sete Cidades viewpoints, this is a must on your São Miguel visit. There are 3 viewpoint options, which I rank below. We also made it to Termas da Ferraria at low tide to relax in hot springs in an ocean! We enjoyed a tasty lunch in Ponta Delgada and then wandered and siesta’d in the early evening to prepare for a fabulous dinner and night out. ? Day 3 Transport: We drove about 30 min from Ponta Delgada to the Miradouro da Vista do Rei viewpoint of Sete Cidades, then drove 10 minutes to the town of Sete Cidades. It was another 15 minutes to Ponta da Ferraria then 40 minutes if you go straight back on the coast (add another 10 if you go back through Sete Cidades). Everything is close in Ponta Delgada, so it’s easy to walk.
Sao Miguel Itinerary – São Miguel – Day 4
We did about a 1.5 mile hike in the northwest then had lunch nearby. After lunch, we did another short coastal hike in the north as part of our hike/wine tasting tour with our awesome Minuvida Experiences. We headed back to Ponta Delgada for a low-key dinner. ? Day 4 Transport: It’s about a 45 minute drive on EN1-1A from Ponta Delgada to the Atalho dos Vermelhos Hike in Joao Bom via the north coast and 50 minutes via the south coast (add 10 min. if you’re still trying to see Sete Cidades in the sun!). It was about a 20 minute drive from the hike to lunch, 10 minutes to the second hike, 10 minutes to the wine tasting and 20 minutes back to Ponta Delgada. Dinner was a short walk.
Sao Miguel Itinerary – São Miguel – Day 5
We headed to Furnas, enjoyed a hike, a cozido lunch then a relaxing hot springs. ? Day 5 Transport: Furnas is about a 45 minute drive from Ponta Delgada via the north coast and 50 minute drive via the south coast. Lagoa das Furnas is less than a 10 minute drive from Furnas center.
Sao Miguel Itinerary – São Miguel – Day 6
Head to the southeast coast for a short hike to a waterfall then to the far east coast for lunch. Stop at some lovely Miradouros on your return to Furnas. Have a lazy afternoon in the thermal pools then a tasty dinner at the Furnas Boutique Hotel. ? Day 6 Transport: A 30 minute drive from Furnas to the hike at Faial Da Terra, another 40 minutes up the east coast to Nordeste for lunch. Returning, it’s about a 10 minute drive to Miradouro da Ponta da Madrugada, 5 more minutes to Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego then 45 minutes back to Furnas.
Sao Miguel Itinerary – São Miguel – Day 7
The Lagoa das Furnas viewpoint is a must on your visit to São Miguel. Get there early before any tour busses (before 9am) then hike down. If you want to try another hot spring, bring a swimsuit and stop at Poa da Dona Beija on your way back. Most hotel checkouts are at 12pm, so you’ll have time to go back and shower. Or just do the pools at the hotel. If you didn’t catch Lagoa das Furnas in the sun, the viewpoint is on the way to the airport, so you have another shot! ? Day 7 Transport: The viewpoint is about a 10 minute drive from town and Furnas is a 45 minute drive to the airport.
To see the details about each activity, restaurant and hotel, along with nitty-gritty logistics tips, check out Katy’s full 29 page São Miguel itinerary and interactive map here. You’ll also get an extensive PDF guides to São Miguel restaurants and hotels.