Travel Guide: Places to visit in the Azores

Are you going to visit the Azores archipelago? Do you want to experience the best the islands have to offer? In this guide you will find all the necessary suggestions to make the most of the sites, traditions, culture and gastronomy of the Azores.

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The Azores region is one of the places where tourism grew the most in Portugal, registering more than one million tourist overnight stays between January and August 2021. Whether you're just one or three days in the Azores, we have the best itineraries waiting for you.

What to do in the Azores?

Lagoa do Fogo

Lagoa do Fogo is one of the largest on São Miguel Island. It was formed in the crater of the volcano of the Água de Pau Massif.

You can get there via an 11 kilometre trail, with an average length of 40 minutes. This way you can closely enjoy the endemic flora such as the Serra Grape.

Lagoa do Fogo was classified as a natural reserve in 1974, remaining until today almost without human intervention, in addition to being a protected landscape.

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Lagoa do Fogo, Azores

Rota da Água (Water Route)

For hiking lovers, the Rota da Água is an excellent option, given its length of 7.6 kilometres, with an average journey length of 2h30m.

Those who choose this route can count on several tunnels, a picnic park and also the possibility of spotting several Tritons near the Janela do Inferno - a vertical wall, rich in springs, where it is possible to observe a cavity, created by the erosion of water.

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Boca do Inferno Viewpoint

This is one of the most incredible viewpoints in the Azores and also one of the most popular images of the archipelago. From this point, it is possible to observe the Sete Cidades, Canário, Rasa and Santiago Lagoons and part of Serra Devassa. The viewpoint is about 730 metres away and the view conveys a lot of peace and harmony with nature.

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Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, Azores

Lagoa das 7 cidades (Seven cities Lagoon)

Lagoa das Sete Cidades is the largest freshwater lake in the Azores and is considered one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. From the Vista do Rei viewpoint you have a beautiful view of the two lakes that make up this caldera and that differentiate it from all the others - Green Lagoon and Blue Lagoon.

This pond has several legends associated with it, but the most famous is that of a blue-eyed princess who fell in love with a green-eyed shepherd. Despite the love, the princess and the shepherd did not stay together. Their tears stood side by side, in Lagoa das Sete Cidades, giving the water its colour.

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Sete Cidades Lagoon, Azores

Terra Nostra Park

Terra Nostra Park is located in the Furnas area and there you can swim in a huge lake rich in iron and find more than 350 varieties of camellias and plants inside cages. Since the water in the lake is rich in iron, we advise you not to take a new bathing suit, since the water can damage it quite a lot. The water in the lake can reach 42ºC, making the whole experience enjoyable.

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Empadadas Lagoons

The Empanadas Lagoons are also known as the most secret lagoons of São Miguel, since their access is not easy. The lagoons are surrounded by woods and are separated only by a thin strip of land. Those who visit these lagoons claim that this place looks like something out of a movie.

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Source - City Council (Ponta Delgada) Empadadas Lagoons, Azores

Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park, São Miguel

The Natural Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões is a protected area located in the parish of Achada, a municipality in the Northeast of the island of São Miguel. This natural park of unique beauty is located on the slopes of Serra da Tronqueira. In this park, you will find beautiful waterfalls, an amazing lake, Water Mills, an Ethnographic Museum and the old miller houses. This is undoubtedly a mandatory stopover in the Azores.

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Poça da Dona Beija, São Miguel

The Poça da Dona Beija is a pool of hot water that arises directly from the land. This space is also called Poça da Juventude (Youth puddle) and is one of the most appreciated thermal spaces in the Azores archipelago. You can take advantage of this location from 7h00 to 23h00 and the maximum length of stay on site is 1h30.

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Poça da Dona Beija, São Miguel - Azores

Pico do Carvão Viewpoint, São Miguel

Pico do Carvão is a viewpoint that offers a beautiful view over several lagoons, such as Carvão, Caldeirão Grande, Méguas, Peixe and Achadas Lagoons. At this viewpoint, which is just over 800 metres high, you can appreciate a large area of volcanic cones.

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Ribeira do Ferreiro Well

The Ribeira do Ferreiro Well, also known as Alagoinha Well or Patas Lagoon, is located in the parish of Fajã Grande, Flores island, archipelago of the Azores. This place of unique beauty has a huge cliff from which the waters of the various waterfalls present on the site come out.

To get to the Ribeira do Ferreiro Well you will have to start the route along the bridge over Ribeira do Ferreiro and travel about 700 metres of trail, with an average duration of 15 minutes.

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Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro, Flores

What to visit in the Azores for free?

In fact, most of the amazing sites in the Azores have free admission. Still, we leave you with  ten more completely free visit suggestions that you can take advantage of.

Observing urban art, São Miguel

If you don't expect to find urban art of interest in the Azores, this will be a pleasant surprise. In Ponta Delgada there are graffiti that are true works of art. These graffiti emerged mainly through the public art festival Walk & Talk created in the Azores. We leave you five suggestions of the best graffiti to visit:

  • Cyrcle (2013)
    Location: Parking Av. Dom João III, Calheta, Ponta Delgada.
  • Freddy Sam (2015)
    Location: Solidariedade Street, Lagoa.
  • Remed (2012)
    Location: Fábrica Finançor, Calheta, Ponta Delgada.
  • Mark Jenkins & Sandra Fernandez
    Location: Tetrapods — Abel Ferin Coutinho Avenue, Santa Clara, Ponta Delgada
  • Paulo Arraiano (2013)
    Location: Lisboa Street, Ponta Delgada
Urban Art, São Miguel - Portugal

Climb to the Viewpoint of Vista do Rei, São Miguel

The Vista do Rei Viewpoint is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Azores. From this viewpoint you have a privileged view of the Sete Cidades Lagoon and you can enjoy the contrast between the green and blue of the lagoons. Without a doubt, a mandatory place on your visit to the Azores.

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Viewpoint of Vista do Rei, São Miguel

Ribeira do Ferreiro Well, Flores

The Ribeira do Ferreiro Well is located on Flores Island and is a place that you cannot miss. This beautiful well is also known as Alagoinha and is characterised by having vegetation around it and a small lagoon fed by several waterfalls.

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Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro, Flores

Visit the fields and the tea factory of Gorreana, São Miguel

The Gorreana tea factory began its activity in the nineteenth century and even today the process that gives rise to tea from the Azores is the same. The visit and the tea tasting are completely free and visitors can move freely around the factory and the fields at times when there is no production. Take the opportunity to know all the varieties of tea from the Azores and to understand its manufacture a little better.

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Fields and the tea factory of Gorreana, São Miguel

Getting to know Congro Lagoon, São Miguel

Congro lagoon is another amazing place you can find in São Miguel. If you like hiking, you can take the fantastic trail of the Congro Lagoon. This lagoon is located in the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo and stands out for being a picturesque green lake, which is in the middle of beautiful vegetation.

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Congro Lagoon, São Miguel

Climb to Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint, São Miguel

The Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint was the subject of restoration and maintenance works and today offers an incredible view over the north coast of the island of São Miguel. In addition, the viewpoint is accompanied by beautiful gardens with an area of 130 thousand square metres making it a very pleasant place to take a long walk.

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Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint, São Miguel

Getting to know Lagoa do Fogo, São Miguel

Lagoa do Fogo is the second largest lagoon on São Miguel Island andalso the highest. This lagoon is classified as a Nature Reserve and features an amazing landscape. Next to the lagoon, there is a beach where you can enjoy the immensity and tranquillity of nature.

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Lagoa do Fogo, São Miguel - Azores

Admire the grazing fields, São Miguel

São Miguel is rich in grazing fields, the cow being the most prevalent animal on the island. For every inhabitant of the island there are two cows, so it will be easy to find these fields all over the island.

Grazing Fields, São Miguel

Visit the ruins of Hotel Monte Palace, São Miguel

The ruins of Hotel Monte Palace are one of the most visited places on the island of São Miguel.

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In the former five-star hotel, you have a fantastic view of the Sete Cidades Lagoon. What remains of the hotel, like some mirrors, for example, create an environment that is scary, especially for the most superstitious. Nowadays, this space is also used as a film setting and for artistic interventions.

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Hotel Monte Palace, São Miguel

Get to know the caldeiras da Ribeira Grande, São Miguel

The village of Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande is a beautiful village, where you can find several volcanic manifestations. Here, you can find the characteristic steaming waters with high temperatures of the island of São Miguel.

If you want to take a break for lunch, you also have an outdoor dining area with grills.

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Ribeira Grande Beach, São Miguel

What to do in the Azores at night?

The Azores are generally not a particularly lively destination at night. The pandemic, in turn, came to detonate many of the spaces that were dedicated to nightlife. However, if you want to have a drink in a nice place or enjoy art, for example, we leave you some good suggestions.

Lava Jazz

The Lava Jazz-Bar was a concept created especially for jazz lovers and living room concept away from home. In this bar, you can listen to live jazz from 8 pm, Friday and Saturday, and have a drink as if you were in your living room.

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Source - Tripadvisor - Lava Jazz, Azores

Raiz Club

For those who go out at night in Ponta Delgada, Raiz Club is without a doubt a reference. This bar is distinguished by its innovative design and irreverent architecture. The bar is located in the historic centre of Ponta Delgada and overlooks the Mother Church. Here, you can find live shows, DJ performances, two rooms and an excellent terrace. The bar is open from 23h00 to 5h00.

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Source - Tripadvisor - Raiz Club, Ponta Delgada

BomBom Bilhares

At BomBom Bilhares, you can play billiards or other typical bar games and have a drink. This pleasant space is in Fajã de Baixo, in Ponta Delgada. It is a great place to socialise and the space is open between 10h00 and 23h00.

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A Quinta – Furnas

The Quinta — Furnas, located on the island of S. Miguel, has live music almost every weekend. The bar has as inspiration to be an ecological space, surrounded by several fruit trees, not leaving aside the lime, passion fruit, strawberry and, more recently, pineapple caipirinhas. You can also have a snack on site and it is open from Monday to Sunday, from noon to midnight.

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Arco 8

Located on the seafront, Arco 8 was born from an old warehouse converted into an art gallery that currently also serves as a bar. The project was born with the aim of being an artistic laboratory and, thus, being open to all forms of expression. Arco 8 operates from 22h00 to 4h00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Bar do Pi

The Bar do Pi, in addition to having a privileged view over the sea, has a terrace of considerable dimensions, so you can drink a glass of gin — a specialty of the house. The Bar do Pi operates between 18h00 and 2h00 and is an excellent meeting point in Ponta Delgada.

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Karma Privé

Karma Privé assumes itself as a space of glamour and refinement, located in Ponta Delgada. A new concept of Nightclub bets on reducing the “big dance floor”, promoting the creation of a space - “privé” - that allows groups together in a more relaxed atmosphere. Karma Privé opens between 23:00 and 8:00 am, every Friday and Saturday.

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Karma Privé

Clube Asas do Atlântico

The Clube Asas do Atlântico, founded in 1946, is a reference on the island of Santa Maria and functions as a Portuguese cultural, sports and recreational association.

Currently, in addition to being a great space for a drink, it is also a radio — Rádio Clube Asas do Atlântico. The club operates between 12h00 and 24h00.

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Chaminé Club

The Chaminé Club is considered the space of choice of the night of Santa Maria Island. The space has two floors, each with a distinct music style, and also has several themed parties. Will you want to miss this?

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Where to eat? What are the best restaurants?

In the Azores, you will find very interesting and tasty gastronomy. Among the most typical dishes of the Azores are the Cozido das Furnas (meats and vegetables cooked in a pan buried in geothermal soils for 6 hours).

Discover the best restaurants in the archipelago:

Vale das Furnas

The Vale das Furnas is the favourite restaurant for those who excel in a traditional quality stew, but far from the flow of tourists. From meat, sausages, to two kinds of cabbage and carrots, to yams,  potatoes and rice, this dish lives up to the fame it holds. But, in addition to the Furnas stew you can also try the cod, feijoada and octopus out of the  fumarole (only by order).

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Agricultural Association of São Miguel

If you are looking for a restaurant where you can delight yourself with genuine Azorean meat, the Agricultural Association restaurant is the ideal place. Here you will find only meat dishes cooked in a simple way, in which the highlight goes all to the quality of the product. To give you an idea, half a steak in this restaurant usually has about 300 grams.

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Alcides

Alcides, located in Ponta Delgada, is known for the famous meatloaf dish, spiced with a lot of garlic and ground pepper - Steak à Alcides. Service is also one of the strengths of this restaurant and we advise you to make a reservation.

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A Tasca

A Tasca is considered the most popular restaurant in Ponta Delgada. It does not accept reservations, queues are common  and it does not stop from 11:00 to 00:00, from Monday to Saturday. One of the best known dishes is the tuna steak with sesame seeds, accompanied by sweet potatoes. Here you will find a wide range of tapas and meat and fish dishes.

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Casa Chá e Bar

At Casa Chá e Bar, in Horta, on Faial Island, you will find a very pleasant space for snacks, lunch or dinner. You can enjoy the garden and the company of cats that pass by.

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Areais

At Areal, you will find a wide variety of high quality dishes such as: low temperature egg with lêvedo cake crunch, cream cheese and leek and even prawns ceviche, daffodil fillets on pumpkin bed, sultanas and Wakame seaweed. Here, you also have at your disposal the best wines on the island.

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Maré Viva

Maré Viva, at Fajã das Almas, has a huge terrace overlooking Pico and serves the freshest fish and seafood ever. A restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and musical accompaniment in Blues mode. The restaurant has a car park nearby.

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Cella Bar

Cella Bar is a beautiful restaurant on Pico Island. In this space, snacks and traditional products are served in a contemporary way. If you are with a group of friends and want to try the various regional products of the island, this is the ideal place as a wide variety of tapas are served.

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Anfiteatro

Anfiteatro is one of the best restaurants you can find on the island of São Miguel. This restaurant is located in the Marina of Ponta Delgada and belongs to the Tourism and Hotel Training School of the Azores, thus being a school restaurant. Anfiteatro often hosts chefs, bartenders and sommeliers from mainland and other European countries.

The menu of this restaurant ranges from sushi to squid burger and chicharro. As specialties, the Amphitheatre features the tender pasta pastel of cuteletão with rouille sauce and Holy Spirit soup.

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Source - Tripadvisor - Anfiteatro

Where to sleep in the Azores? Which hotels in Azores are good for families?

Have no idea what the best accommodation options in the Azores are? No problem! We have put together the best rated hotels on Booking to make your search easier.

Garoupas Inn

Garoupas Inn is set in Ponta Delgada, within 500 metres of São Roque Beach and 3.1 km of Portas da Cidade. The hotel has a hot tub and glazed balconies so you can rest with your eyes set on the sea.

Location is one of the best rated parameters by guests. From Garoupas Inn it is 4 km from the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, 5 km from Estufas de Ananases and 7 km from João Paulo II Airport.

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Cabanas da Viscondessa

Cabana das Viscondessa, located in Quinta da Bacelada, is an immersive experience in nature. The accommodation features a restaurant, a bar, a shared lounge and garden in Urzelina. At Cabanas da Viscondessa, all rooms have a seating area that you can enjoy while you are embraced by nature.

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SENSI Azores Nature and SPA

The SENSI Azores Nature and Spa is located in Lomba dos Gagos in Ponta Delgada and has an extensive infinity pool that, in addition to intersecting with the sea, also intersects with the greenery of the fields surrounding the hotel. On colder days, it also has an indoor pool with a waterfall. The Ferraria Thermal Spa is three kilometres away and the Sete Cidades Lagoon, as well as the Natural Pools of Mosteiros are eight kilometres away.

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The Shipyard - Angra

Located 500 metres from Prainha Beach Zone, The Shipyard — Angra is synonymous with comfort. All units come with a sofa, a seating area and a well-equipped kitchenette with a dining area so you can feel at home. Still, the hotel offers continental and buffet-style breakfast daily.

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Quinta das Perdizes

Quinta das Perdizes is located 2.9 kilometres from São Roque Beach. The accommodation excels in comfort and, thinking about it, offers authentic apartments — with bedrooms, balcony, kitchen and leisure area. The main highlight goes to the friendliness of the employees.

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White Exclusive Suites & Villas

White Exclusive Suites & Villas is characterised by the use of wood in the decoration and by being situated almost on top of the sea. It is the perfect place for those looking for quietness combined with a more rustic and minimalist environment.

The accommodation features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Lagoa. Thinking of the larger groups, the hotel offers family rooms, so that not even the conviviality is left to chance.

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Sul Villas & Spa - Azores

Located in Lagoa, Sul Villas & Spa — Azores is a reference when it comes to amenities. The hotel offers a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a car rental service for guests wishing to explore the surrounding area. In addition, guests can enjoy a sauna and a hot tub.

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Mosteiros Place

Located 400 metres from Mosteiros Beach, Mosteiros Place offers an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and air-conditioned accommodations, so that not even the cold spoils your plans. Each unit comes with a sofa, a seating area and a well-equipped kitchenette with dining area. All units feature a balcony with pool views and a continental breakfast is served daily.

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Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

Terra Nostra Garden is located in a valley surrounded by trees and offers superb views. The hotel is next to Terra Nostra Botanical Park and features indoor and outdoor pools. Guests can start their day with a à la carte continental breakfast, before renting a bicycle to explore the area. The hotel's restaurant also serves local dishes that you can eat on site or order take-away service.

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Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico

Facing Ponta Delgada Marina, Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico enjoys a privileged location and offers a heated indoor pool. In the accommodation you will find magnificent views, where you can choose between the landscape of the sea, the city or the bay. The hotel's à la carte restaurant offers an exclusive menu inspired by Azorean cuisine and products. For convenience, the accommodation includes a laundry service, babysitting and shuttle services upon request.

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What to do in the Azores on rainy days?

Is there a possibility of rain on the days you are visiting the Azores archipelago? Don't worry, you can count on our fantastic suggestions for rainy days.

Algar do Carvão

The Algar do Carvão is located in the middle of the island of Terceira, north of the city of Angra do Heroísmo. Of great geological interest, the Algar do Carvão is a must visit for its beautiful natural scenery, which in everything is due to the volcanic concavities. The visit lasts 30 minutes.

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Source - Tripadvisor - Algar do Carvão

Church of the Holy Christ

An excellent suggestion for a rainy day is a visit to the Church of the Holy Christ, also called the Church of Our Lady of Hope. This church is located in Ponta Delgada and is part of the Convent of Hope, in which the Lord Santo Cristo dos Milagres (Our Lord Christ of Miracles) is venerated. There is a legend that says that the image of the Lord was offered by Pope Paul III to the nuns of the convent.

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Pineapple Plantation

The Pineapple is the fruit that reigns in the Azores archipelago. Produced in glass greenhouses, it becomes the perfect activity for rainy days. This way, you will learn more about its entire process: from planting to harvesting and marketing.

We have a tip for you: be sure to try the products made from pineapple, such as jams, liqueurs and pineapple pudding. Some of the places available to visit are: Azores Pineapple Plantation and Santo António Pineapple, both in Ponta Delgada.

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Pineapple Plantation, Azores

Mercado da Graça

The Mercado da Graça, built in 1848, brings together unique products grown in Azorean lands, such as fruit, vegetables, liqueurs and cheeses. Located in Ponta Delgada, this market has its own characteristic because it takes place in a garage due to the steep slopes. It's the perfect place to shop for souvenirs!

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Source - City Council (Ponta Delgada) - Mercado da Graça, Azores

Rei dos Queijos (King of Cheeses)

Once at Mercado da Graça, you can't miss Rei dos Queijos — one of the best known shops in S. Miguel, which sells the famous cheeses of the island. You will have the help of the staff in choosing the best cheese, according to your taste and you will also find a variety of regional sweets and liqueurs.

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Eduardo Ferreira Liqueur Factory

Eduardo Ferreira Liqueur Factory is located in Ribeira Grande, São Miguel Island, and is an excellent place to try the typical liqueurs of the region. The most popular product is Ezequiel Passion Fruit Liqueur, which  comes in statues with peculiar shapes (like a form of woman, bull, cow or Torre Matriz) instead of being packaged in a traditional bottle.

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Ferraria Thermal Spa

If the weather is rainy and there is no possibility to take the incredible trails of the Azores, take the opportunity to relax in a beautiful spa. The Ferraria Thermal Spa, on São Miguel Island, offers a wide variety of treatments that will leave you very relaxed.

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Hot thermal waters of Caldeira Velha

 And because taking care of yourself never hurts, also visit the thermal springs of Caldeira Velha — one of the most popular waterfalls on the island of São Miguel. Just to give you an idea, the average water temperature is 34 degrees. Each person can stay 2 hours on site.

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Caldeira Velha, Azores

Queijadas da Vila do Morgado

Queijadas da Vila do Morgado are certainly one of the best known and sought after sweets by visitors to the Azores and, of course, by the natives. If you go to São Miguel Island be sure to visit the factory that produces these delicacies, a must stop in Vila Franca do Campo in a very well situated venue overlooking the marina.

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Train ride on São Miguel Island

One way to get to know Ponta Delgada without getting wet is to take a train ride. These tours that are available in the centre of Ponta Delgada offer five distinct circuits: the historical, the heritage, the gardens, the outskirts and the beach.

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What to visit in the Azores in 1 day?

One day to visit the Azores is not much, but with our tips it becomes easier. We start by recommending you rent a car so you can go through all the places on our list. So, let’s see:

Pico do Ferro Viewpoint

You can start your day at the Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, from where you can see the entire length of Lagoa das Furnas. Lagoa das Furnas is a beautiful lagoon, surrounded by vegetation and abundant volcanic manifestations such as fumaroles, solfatara and hot water boilers.

This iconic viewpoint is within easy reach, with a well-conditioned car park and a small souvenir shop.

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Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, Azores

Cozido das furnas

In Lagoa das Furnas, next to the volcanic waters are the traditional Portuguese dishes cooked under the ground with the heat from these volcanic manifestations. On the banks of this lagoon, you will also find the peculiar chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Victories.

This tradition is one of the main attractions of the Furnas and the quietest areas of the Azores to be with the family.

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Cozido das furnas, Azores

Terra Nostra

Still in the Furnas area, you can take the opportunity to visit Terra Nostra Park, which has a huge lake rich in iron. As the water in the lake is rich in iron, we advise you to take the oldest bathing suit you have, since the iron can damage it quite a lot. The water from the lake can reach 42ºC, so it is very pleasant to take a bath in this place.

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Source - Terra Nostra, Azores

Poça da Dona Beija

The Poça da Dona Beija is a pool of hot water that arises directly from the land and where it is as pleasant to dive in summer as in winter. This space is also called Puça da Juventude and is one of the most appreciated thermal spaces in the Azores archipelago. You can enjoy this location from 10 am to 11 pm and the entrance costs 6 euros. Without a doubt you cannot miss this place on your day on the island of São Miguel.

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Poça da Dona Beija, São Miguel - Azores

Caldeira Velha

The Caldeira Velha Natural and Regional Monument is one of the most inspiring and famous places in the Azores. Caldeira is located in Ribeira Grande on the island of São Miguel, and has a waterfall of hot water, which resembles a large jacuzzi and where you can bathe.

In addition, in this place you can also find areas with fumaroles, degassing areas and a thermal water spring. This is a great place to end your day in São Miguel.

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Caldeira Velha, Azores

What to do in the Azores in 3 days?

Long weekends are excellent opportunities for a getaway, especially if the backdrop is the unparalleled beauty of the Azores. We leave you a suggestion of an itinerary for three days to visit the island of São Miguel.

Day 1 — Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada is one of the wonders of the Azores and is largely due to the volcanic craters that are now filled with lakes and wildflowers.

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Sete Cidades Lagoon

One of the suggestions we have for you is to visit the Sete Cidades Lagoon and, in addition, enjoy the landscape through the Vista do Rei Viewpoint on the top of the south side of the caldera.

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Sete Cidades Lagoon, Azores

Pico do Carvão Viewpoint

Then pass by the Pico do Carvão Viewpoint and be amazed with the wonderful green pastures, a place that never disappoints. Here, you can have  the north and south side of the island in the same photograph.

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Whale and dolphin watching

One of the activities you can't miss is whale and dolphin watching. The tour can last a minimum of three hours. Some of the companies that offer this type of services are Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL and Picos de Aventura.

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Portas da Cidade – Centro de Ponta Delgada

Portas da Cidade, in the middle of Avenida Marginal, is the postcard of the Azores. There you can find the coat of arms of the city. The monument is made of regional volcanic stone.

In 1953, it was classified as a Property of Public Interest - title it maintains until today. Both Christmas and New Year celebrations usually take place on site, among the arches is the Mother Church of São Sebastião.

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Source - City Council (Ponta Delgada) - Portas da Cidade, Ponta Delgada Centre

Mother Church of São Sebastião

Once in Portas da Cidade, you should visit the imposing Mother Church of São Sebastião, built in the 16th century. The interior is embellished by the altar of Our Lady of the Rosary and the gilded carving so characteristic of the reign of John V. Annex to the church there is a small museum of sacred art.

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Mother Church of São Sebastião, Azores

Poça da Dona Beija

Nothing like ending the day with a relaxing bath in the hot thermal waters of Poça da Dona Beija. The most important premise of the place is, precisely, “reborn in the mist waters”.

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Poça da Dona Beija, São Miguel - Azores

Day 2 — Ribeira Grande

For the second day we suggest you visit Ribeira Grande - the municipality where the volcanic massif of Serra de Água de Pau is located. Its highest point is located at Pico da Barrosa at 947 metres of altitude.

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Santa Luzia Viewpoint

Like other places in the Azores, the Santa Luzia viewpoint offers a privileged view over the sea, Monte Verde beach and the north coast, as well as the Serra Devassa volcanic massif. It has several tables for this purpose.

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Ribeira Grande Pools

For the hottest days, the Ribeira Grande pools are an excellent option. The site consists of two swimming pools next to the sea, one of salt water and the other of fresh water.

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Ribeira Grande Pools, Azores

Tobacco Museum

The Maia Tobacco Museum was one of the oldest tobacco factories in the Azores, having closed its doors in 1988. Currently, it works under the purview of the Holy House of Mercy of the Divino Espírito Santo da Maia and aims to disseminate, documentation, conservation and interpretation of the history of the tobacco agribusiness in the Azores.

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Centre for Contemporary Arts — O Arquipélago

The ARQUIPÉLAGO, as it is known, is a space that was born from the goal of creating, producing and disseminating contemporary art. It also includes a store, bookstore, workshops, exhibition centre, documentary centre and audiovisual production centre.

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Lagoa do Fogo

Lagoa do Fogo is one of the biggest attractions of the island, largely due to the blue waters and its unique beauty. The lagoon was considered a nature reserve in 1974, so it is protected from any human intervention.

Access to the lagoon can be done on foot or by car, although the most advised is to do the tracks and, in this way, enjoy an immersive experience close to the fauna and flora.

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Lagoa do Fogo, Azores

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Fábrica de Chá da Gorreana

Gorreana is the oldest and only tea plantation in Europe. With a legacy of more than 130 years, the plant is known for its chemical-free organic products. Currently, it is a plantation, factory and museum.

Gorreana's plantations cover an area of 32 hectares, where about 33 tons of tea are produced per year. The harvest is done between April and September, so they are the recommended months to visit.

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The Azores are an authentic pearl in the Atlantic. In total communion with nature, It is an excellent option for those who like to connect with silence and tranquillity. From the viewpoints to the best restaurants, be sure to explore the archipelago!

Travel Guide: Places to visit in the Azores
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Travel Guide: Places to visit in the Azores