What To Expect
We begin our tour to Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of Sao Miguel Island and a stronghold for the Portuguese culture passed down from the island's first explorers. Taste the famous Queijadas da Vila, a traditional pastry first made by the nuns in the convents of Vila Franca do Campo.
We then make our way to Furnas Valley to visit the Terra Nostra Park, whose lush man-made greenery is unbelievably majestic. Feel like you are stepping into Nirvana where all your cares slip away as you lose yourself in the wonder of nature. Who would have known that you would find such an excellent example of romantic 18th century landscaping in the Azores Islands!
Enjoy a thermal bath in the natural hot pools. These natural havens were what first attracted the explorers and discoverers of the Azores Islands, who came upon these warm, sweet, pure waters that make for an unforgettable and invigorating soak.
Next, we will visit the calderas next to the Furnas Lake, where we will witness the traditional Cozido being cooked in the volcanic fumaroles! The locals use the natural boiling water to cook this national dish. Taste the pureness of the naturally cooked stew for an unforgettable lunch!
After lunch, we will visit the area of hot springs and fumaroles, observe the daily life of the inhabitants who live in this volcanic terrain, and enjoy an invigorating bath in the thermal waters. Finally, we will stop at the Pico do Ferro viewpoint where you will experience a magnificent view of the parish and Furnas lake. We will take the North Coast route to return you to your hotel in Ponta Delgada.
09:00 - Hotel reception
09:30 - Vila Franca do Campo
10:30 - Terra Nostra Park
12:30 - Caldeiras at Lagoa das Furnas
13:00 - Cozido lunch in restaurant
14:30 - Calderas at Furnas village
15:30 - Pico do Ferro
17:00 - Arrival at Ponta Delgada and end of activity
Queijadas da Vila pastry tasting
Entrance to Terra Nostra Park
Bathing in the thermal pools
Tips and gratutities
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a jacket, water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera and backpack.
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