Azores Islands Walking Tour (São Miguel & Santa Maria)

Experience the captivating charm of the Azores by walking through its stunning landscapes.


Tour Description

The Azores Region, consisting of nine volcanic islands, is a enchanting group of islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, and the Azores Islands Walking Tour specifically focuses on the eastern islands, Santa Maria and São Miguel.

This 6-day guided walking tour is perfect for those who want to fully immerse themselves in the pristine landscapes and mesmerizing natural beauty of the region. Santa Maria welcomes you with its untouched scenery, featuring vibrant and diverse flora. The charming white houses with chimneys and the turquoise waters of its white sand beaches create a picturesque setting. Explore the island’s sloping vineyards that resemble staircases, indulge in the finest wines, and savor authentic local cuisine.

Moving on to São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago, you’ll discover its stunning green-blue lagoons and have the opportunity to bathe in tropical hot springs. Don’t miss the chance to taste the renowned “Furnas Stew,” a unique dish cooked by volcanic steam after being buried in the earth.

Embark on this dreamlike walking tour of the Azores to engage all your senses, allowing you to appreciate the best of these islands on foot.

Sink your feet into the warm white sand beaches of Santa Maria Island, soothed by the ocean breeze.

Walk among the unique flora of this region, visiting a botanical garden and admiring the wildflowers that dot the trail.

Explore the idyllic village of Furnas, taking a relaxing dip in the geothermal springs of Poça da Dona Beija.

Hike a forested road to a spectacular viewpoint on Pico Alto 586 m (1922 ft), the highest point on Santa Maria Island.

Detailed itinerary

1 Day:

Arrive São Miguel!

Overnight Location – Hotel in Ponta Delgada | Distance – 3 hours, 6 km | Meals – None

Welcome to São Miguel, the largest of the Azores islands! Upon your arrival at João Paulo II Airport (PDL), a private transfer will be arranged to take you to your accommodation.

Your adventure commences immediately with a half-day walking tour of Ponta Delgada. Ponta Delgada, once a simple fishing village, has evolved into a cosmopolitan city and is the largest municipality in the Azores. Your next stop is the urban botanical garden of Jardim António, which houses hundreds of rare and exotic plants that have been introduced to the island.

To conclude your first day of exploration on São Miguel, you’ll pay a visit to Mercado da Graça, a lively local market that showcases the island’s unique produce and artisanal cheeses. During your day’s journey, you’re sure to discover a great spot for dinner. Savor a local meal and then enjoy a well-deserved night’s rest!

2 Day:

Walk to Sete Cidades

Overnight Location – Hotel in Ponta Delgada | Distance – 5 hours, 12 km 

Today’s walk begins at the Muro das Nove Janelas, a stone aqueduct once used to supply water to the public water fountains of Ponta Delgada. Stunning blue-green lagoons grace the trail, as well as several species of endemic flora. Sweeping views of the north and south coasts of the island make this a delightful walk.

The trail will lead you to the center of Sete Cidades, where you’ll discover the beautiful church of São Nicolau. Towering pine trees flank the path leading to the church, and the church itself is built with grey volcanic stone, painted white. This peaceful setting is a delight to explore.

Enjoy a leisurely evening in Ponta Delgada, exploring its lively streets and enjoying another excellent dinner here.

3 Day:

Hot Springs at Poça da Dona Beija

Overnight Location – Hotel in Ponta Delgada | Distance – 3 hours, 9.5 km 

Today’s walk begins with a stop at Vila Franco do Campo, where you’ll spot the Vila Franca Islet, an uninhabited islet rising out of the ocean off the south-central coast of São Miguel. Be sure to try the famous “Queijadas De Vila Franca,” a traditional pastry made initially by the convent’s nuns here during the 1600s.

On the dreamy banks of Furnas Lake, you’ll join a trail bound for Furnas. A visit to the Parque dos Cozidos (not included) will introduce you to the birthplace of this island’s famous “Furnas Stew.”

Continuing the trail to the Parish of Furnas, you’ll visit the Poça da Dona Beija, the highly anticipated geothermal baths (hot springs). Enjoy soaking in the hot mineral-rich waters surrounded by a tropical landscape. From here, you’ll head to a local restaurant, where the famous “Furnas Stew” will be served (included) for lunch.

Today’s walk ends with a stop at the beautiful tea plantations of Gorreana before returning to your accommodations in Ponta Delgado.

4 Day:

Waterfall at Faial da Terra

Overnight Location – Hotel in Ponta Delgada | Distance – 2.5 hours, 4.5 km 

Today’s walk will take you on a short circular route in Faial da Terra alongside the picturesque Faial da Terra stream.

Continuing the trail towards Salto do Prego, you’ll discover one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island, Ribeira do Faial da Terra. For those interested, an icy dip under the cold waterfall is an option here! Feeling refreshed, you’ll continue the trail towards Sanguinho, a charming small village set amidst rich vegetation.

Finally, following the trail back to the parish of Faial da Terra, you’ll complete today’s loop.

5 Day:

Exploring Santa Maria Island

Overnight Location – Hotel in Ponta Delgada | Distance – 2 hours, 6.2 km | Meals – Breakfast, picnic lunch

This morning a private transfer will take you to the maritime terminal, where you’ll catch the ferry to Santa Maria Island.

Today you’ll explore your second island in the Azores, the beautiful island of Santa Maria. The trail starts on the forest road of Pico Alto, taking you through the fascinating terrains of the Barreiro da Faneca, with its bright red desert-like sands that flank the landscape.

Continue the trail to the small village of Anjos, set on a beautiful bay and home to a medieval chapel.

Take some time to enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches of Santa Maria as you soak up the splendour of this magical island before catching the ferry back to São Miguel.

Enjoy your final evening in the beautiful Azores with a delicious dinner and some further exploration of Ponta Delgada!

6 Day:

Depart São Miguel

Overnight Location 

The time has come to bid farewell to the beautiful Azores Islands. After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to João Paulo II Airport (PDL) where you’ll depart.



Accommodation for Azores Islands Walking Tour

This tour is based in 4-star hotels. All accommodations on the tour offer comfortable rooms with great locations. Rooms are double occupancy and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel while travelling with your group (please inquire for the prices).


Prices INFO:


  • The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room
  • Prices may change depending on the season ( check the calendar )


Our experience working with Algarve Nature Tours was positive and pleasant. Stunning views on this tour! The Azores are nature in its purest state, the views are breathtaking! Unforgettable! Jeramey M.

Tour Info

What's included:

• 5 Nights Stay at 4* AZORIS ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL in São Miguel island

4 Dinners included, no drinks

Transportation during the tour.

All Private Transfers Included : Airports - Hotels - Hiking Tours Start & End Points

Entrance Fees included: Terra Nostra Geo Park & Poço Dona Ana

4 x Full Day Guided Hike Tours

Not included

  • Flights to and from Ponta Delgada
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’


  • Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
  • Single room supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour


Check the calendar or call to book or send us an email to check availabilities


6 days Tour

Group Size

2 pax minium

Price Info

Private Guided Groups of 2-10: €1,639EUR per person / Shared Guided Groups 2-10 €960EUR per person Prices may change depending on the season ( check the calendar )