Azore Islands Itinerary – Five Days Exploring Sao Miguel 1

When we put together our itinerary for our visit to the largest of the Azore Islands, Sao Miguel, we saved a day back for spur of the moment plans once we were on the island and had a day on each end for travel. So, although it is actually an eight day trip, we only planned a five day itinerary. Here is what we put together:

Day One – Furnas, Sao Miguel

Our meal cooking at Furnas

Our meal cooking at Furnas

Explore the town of Furnas, including historic church

  • Pico do Ferro viewpoint
  • Terra Nostra Gardens
  • Lagoa das Furnas
  • Lunch at Terra Nostra – Reservations for traditional cozido stew

Day Two – Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel

Our view as the ferry approached the islet

Our view as the ferry approached the islet

Wandering around this lovely islet and then on to some nearby sites.

  • Historic Nossa Senhora da Paz – an amazing church reached by walking up 100 steps. (Oh, my thighs!)
  • Caldeira Velha (To see the falls)
  • Continue to explore Fogo Lake

Day Three – Sao Miguel

Ponta da Ferraria was filled with magical little bits of green to photograph.

Ponta da Ferraria was filled with magical little bits of green to photograph.

Mosteiros , Ponta Delgada

  • Arcadas do Jardim – breakfast
  • Sul Mosteiros Tidal Pools
  • Ponta da Ferraria spa and bath springs

Sete Cidades

  • Lagoa Verde
  • Lagoa Azul

Santo Antonio, Ponta Delgada

Day Four – Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Dolphins were everywhere

Dolphins were everywhere

  • Tour Ponta Delgada (largest city on the island)
  • Moby Dick whale tours

Day Five –  Sao Miguel

Cha Formoso

Cha Porto Formoso Museum

Porto Formoso

  • Cha Porto Formoso – Plantacoes de Cha (tea plantation)
  • Ribeira dos Caldeirões Park – Water mills, walkways and a nice waterfall


  • Farol Ponto do Arnel (Farol is lighthouse in Portuguese. I have almost as big a thing for lighthouses as I do for tea. Almost. Tea has caffeine, so obviously wins.)
  • All the gorgeous churches
  • Ponta da Madrugada lookout
  • Ponta do Sossego lookout
  • Reserva Florestal de Recreio da Faja do Rodrigo
  • Cancela do Cinzeiro Recreational Forest Reserve

Agua Retorta

Am I missing something that is a must see in Sao Miguel? If so, let me know so that I can add it to day six of the itinerary for visiting the main island of the Azores.

About KateTravels

Kate loves to explore new places. She often begins planning her next trip before her suitcase is unpacked! She is currently working on her goal of fifty by 50, with detours to places outside the USA or trips back to states she's already visited to discover new towns or enjoy new sights. In addition to travel, Kate is passionate about photography, dabbles in painting and cannot start her mornings without a good cup of tea. Her most recent travels were to Rhode Island and the Azores. She will also be traveling to the Eastern shore of Maryland and Iceland in 2016.

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