CIRCUIT 5 DAYS
FROM 25 TO 29 APRIL 2020
At a time to be indicated, departure from the origin points. Appearance at the airport, boarding formalities, and departure on a regular flight to SÃO MIGUEL. Arrival and beginning of the visit to RIBEIRA GRANDE, a municipality located on the north coast of the island, known for its baroque architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. We will have the opportunity to admire its historical heritage, where we can highlight the City Hall, Ethnographic Museum, Ermida Espírito Santo, the Ribeira dos Moinhos Bridge and the Nossa Senhora da Estrela Mother Church. Then we will visit the Liquor Factory “Mulher do Capote”, where we will get to know everything about the preparation of homemade liqueurs, representing today one of the largest industries in the business, awarded with five gold medals. At the end of the visit we will have the opportunity to taste your liqueurs. Then visit the Pico de Ferro viewpoint, where we can see the huge volcanic crater, where LAGOA DAS FURNAS is located. We will see the stew being unearthed, after having been cooking underground for 6 hours. Lunch (Azorean stew). In the afternoon, visit to VALE DAS FURNAS, one of the richest hydrographic regions in Europe since it is a region with volcanic activity, the area is characterized by 22 hot springs, boilers, boiling water geysers and medicinal sludge. For those who wish to visit the Terra Nostra Park (entrance not included), where there is a wide variety of botanical species and a thermal pool. Late afternoon arrival at the hotel, accommodation and dinner.
Breakfast and departure to the Northeast, the most rugged region of the island, also called the "top island", due to its enormous distance, the result of distance and inaccessibility ... On the way, stop in a fascinating and unique place, the Ribeira of the Cauldrons. Visit the city of Nordeste, a quiet and welcoming village, which the Viaduto dos Sete Arcos, built in se c. XIX, of a singular character. Lunch and in the afternoon visit the village of Povoação, which extends in an open valley to the Atlantic bypassed by the slopes of the Planalto dos Greguiis. On the return, a short stop to visit Lagoa, capital of ceramics, an important village on the south coast. Return to the hotel and dinner and rest.
Breakfast and visit the Lagoa das Sete Cidades, with its blue and green lagoons, inside a 17 km perimeter caldera. Lunch. In the afternoon, visit PONTA DELGADA, the island's capital, a modern city with a vast history, surrounded by its splendid nature. We will know its rich historical heritage, where it stands out: the Igreja Matriz São Sebastião, Torre do Relógio, Sant ’Ana Palace, Mercado da Graça, São Brás Fort and Nossa Senhora da Esperança Convent. Special attention to the points of greatest interest of the Azorean cultural and natural heritage, through a ride on a tourist train "A Lagarta" (optional). Late afternoon boarding, and departure on a regular flight to Lages airport on Terceira Island. Arrival at the hotel, accommodation and dinner.
After breakfast, departure for the PRAIA DA VITÓRIA tour. Climb the FACHO viewpoint, from where you can see the whole city, the bay and the port. Visit to the historic center. Lunch. Departure towards the parish of Biscoitos, to taste the famous wines in the picturesque MUSEU DO VINHO. Continuation of the visit passing by the parishes of Altares, Raminho, Serreta, Doze Ribeiras, Santa Bárbara, and Cinco Ribeiras. Visit to the oldest cheese factory on the island. Return to the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast, visit to Angra do Heroísmo, a World Heritage Site and an example of the first European urbanism in the 16th century in the middle of the Atlantic, where the streets preserve the architecture of other times. The São João Baptista Castle is the largest and most important fortress built by the Spanish Empire, which guarded the city from external attacks. Lunch. In the afternoon, visit the São Sebastião Church, panoramic visit to Salgueiros and Porto Judeu. In the late afternoon transfer to the airport. Boarding and travel to Lisbon. Arrival and return to the points of origin.