The Azores: Santa Maria & São Miguel

Island hop between Santa Maria and São Miguel Islands.

Explore both the Green Island and the Sunny Island of the Azores in one trip! 

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Why we love this deal:

  • The Oriental Group of Islands of the Azores is an enchanting destination full of captivating beauty, culture and adventure.  Santa Maria is known for its gorgeous beaches, while São Miguel is a must-see for its stunning volcanic landscapes.
  • The beaches in Santa Maria are simply incredible. With crystal clear water and soft white sand, they are the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. Add São Lourenço bay to your list! 
  • São Miguel is known as ‘The Green Island’ due to its lush green forests. It’s also home to an array of stunning hot springs which attract tourists from far and wide – the Furnas Valley is one of the most popular spots.
  • There is so much to see and do in both Santa Maria and São Miguel. From exploring the vibrant towns and villages to visiting historic sites and natural attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And with so many activities available, you're sure to find something that interests you.
  • Customizable: Add more nights to your stay, a rental car or even local excursions!

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Day 1
Arrival in Santa Maria Island

We recommend booking hotel transfers or reserving a rental car (both available during the booking process).

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take the afternoon to stroll around Vila do Porto and discover all its charm


  • Forte de São Brás
  • Misericórdia Church

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take the day to explore the South Coast of Santa Maria. 


  • Macela Viewpoint 
  • Praia Formosa 
  • Gonçalo Velho Lighthouse 
  • Fábrica da Baleia do Castelo
  • Aveiro Waterfall
  • Maia’s Vineyards
  • Meloa Plantation 

Or book a full-day tour here.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take the afternoon to stroll around Ponta Delgada’s city streets. Ponta Delgada, the main city, is not only the hub of the island but the capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada evokes all the charms of Europe with cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes, and a thriving culinary scene. Or book here your Ponta Delgada City Tour.

Not to miss:

  • Portas da Cidade
  • Louvre Michaelense
  • Pineapple Plantations
  • Matriz Church

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Sete Cidades (Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Lagoa de Santiago, Lagoa do Canário and Boca do Inferno Viewpoint) and take this opportunity to visit the neighboring village of Mosteiros - ideal for sunset! Once you’re in the west part of the island you can also indulge in an ocean thermal bath at Ferraria. 

Book here a guided tour around the west and central parts of the island that will have you discovering this and much more in the company of a local guide. 


Take the day for a hiking adventure. 

Recommended hikes:

Suggestion for the day:

  • Head to the north side of the island to visit the Protected Natural Reserve of Lagoa do Fogo and take this change to visit (and maybe bath) in the thermal pools of Caldeira Velha. Once you’re here you can also visit the Salto do Cabrito waterfall! On your way to Furnas, we recommend that you stop at Porto Formoso and Gorreana Tea Plantations (the only ones in Europe). 
  • In Furnas there’s just so much to explore, such as the lake, the Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, the Grená Park, the caldeiras, the fumaroles, the Terra Nostra Park, the Dona Beija hot springs and so much more. Make sure to try out the local delicacies: the cozido das Furnas and the bolos lêvedos! 

Book a Furnas guided tour here

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Nordeste


  • Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint
  • Ponta da Madrugada Viewpoint
  • Ponta do Arnel Lighthouse
  • Ponta dos Barcos Viewpoint
  • Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park 
  • Poço Azul Hiking Trail

Or book a day tour to Nordeste (with hiking here).

*itinerary presented is a suggestion and the length of stay may vary. All tours are suggestions unless clearly stated.

About the Destination:

São Miguel

São Miguel is the largest and most populated island of the Azores and it offers a myriad of attractions and exciting things to do. Embrace the warmth of the hot springs abounding in Furnas, the awe-inspiring nature of the island's massive volcanic craters, and the strikingly vibrant floral and fauna. Explore the historical city center of Ponta Delgada and the island's many charming villages. Marvel at the hydrangeas that paint the whole island in hues of purple, white, and pink. Go whale-watching and hike around the beautiful lakes. São Miguel is a fantastic vacation destination and you will wish to stay longer.

Santa Maria

Close to São Miguel is the small island of Santa Maria. Take a break from the excitement of São Miguel and enjoy a slower pace of life on its neighboring island.  Santa Maria is a small but beautiful island with warm weather, picturesque villages and unusually white sandy beaches.

Check out our Azores Travel Guide for more information and tips.

Check here the rules and requirements to enter the Azores due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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