Visit São Miguel in 3 days – Guide, Landmarks and Points of Interest

Visiting São Miguel in 3 days is a great option for a weekend “getaway”, in fact 3 days and 2 nights stay in the largest island of the Azores.

With cheap trips available it is easy to get one of these trips, starting on Friday and returning on Sunday.

In this way, to visit the Azoresyou can do so without having to take a vacation. A different destination to enjoy a weekend together with the nature and beauty of the archipelago consisting of nine fantastic islands.

Enjoy your short stay in Sao Miguel with this guide. In this guide we will have as a base: Stay in Ponta Delgada and arrive on a Friday in the middle / late afternoon and return Sunday mid-day / afternoon.

We strongly recommend that you – before the trip – consult a rent-a-car so that you can get to the Airport and have a car waiting for you. It is vital that you have a vehicle available for your weekend adventure.

1st day – Visit São Miguel in 3 days

After arriving at João Paulo II Airport and having your car, consider a small stop at the accommodation chosen to handle the check-in.

All set? Let’s start the adventure! After all the previous steps are completed, it should probably be dusk, but this is no reason not to explore the beauty of the island.

Know the city of Ponta Delgada and explore the historic center as well as a good walk along the seafront at Portas do Mar or Marginal Avenue. Points of interest in Ponta Delgada .

Ponta Delgada vista da torre Sineira da Câmara Municipal
Ponta Delgada vista da torre Sineira da Câmara Municipal
Fotografia de Helena Botelho

Finished the city tour, nothing like enjoying the relaxing night for a swim in the warm waters of Poça da Dona Beija – Thermal Pool . In this place – of pure relaxation – is located in Furnas and is 46km from Ponta Delgada. This place closes at 11pm, so you can enjoy the first day at the most in the pools at night.

Poça D. Beija  (São Miguel)
Poça D. Beija (São Miguel)
Fotografia de Susana Martins

Já completamente relaxado, é hora de provar as iguarias da cozinha regional. Escolha um restaurante e delicie-se com sabores típicos e únicos. Não se esqueça de provar as fantásticas lapas e o queijo com pimenta da terra. Após o jantar, aproveite também para conhecer a noite da cidade com os seus fantásticos Bares e Discotecas.

Once completely relaxed, it’s time to taste the delicacies of regional cuisine. Choose a restaurant and indulge yourself with typical and unique flavors. Do not forget to try the fantastic limpets and cheese with Pimenta da Terra . After dinner, also enjoy the night of the city with its fantastic Bars and Nightclubs.

Portas da Cidade
Portas da Cidade
Fotografia de Liliana Borges

It’s time to rest, the 2nd day will start early as there is so much to see and explore and shortly time to do it.

2nd day – Visit São Miguel in 3 days

This will be the most intense day of your stay, you have to start the day early to.

Ribeira Grande

Let’s start the tour, it’s time to head towards Ribeira Grande. Explore the county and enjoy the fantastic Santa Barbara Beach for a short break.

Areal de Santa Bárbara
Areal de Santa Bárbara
Fotografia de Henrique Faria

Still in Ribeira Grande we will make a small detour to enjoy the majestic Lagoa do Fogo! On your way you will pass by the Caldeira Velha – where you can also bathe in hot thermal waters and enjoy the existing waterfall.

Lagoa do Fogo, São Miguel
Lagoa do Fogo, São Miguel
Fotografia de Sónia Almeida
Caldeira Velha
Caldeira Velha
Fotografia de Helena Botelho

Continuing towards the Nordeste – the well-known most flowery county of the Azores – the first stop should be at Miradouro de Santa Iria. This will have a breathtaking view of the north coast of the island.

Miradouro de Santa Iria
Miradouro de Santa Iria
Fotografia de Ana Serpa

Afterwards and a little further ahead you can choose to visit one of the two tea factories present on the island: Fábrica de Chá Porto Formoso or Gorreana .

Plantação de Chá Porto Formoso – São Miguel
Plantação de Chá Porto Formoso – São Miguel
Fotografia de Bruno Sousa
Plantação de Chá Gorreana
Plantação de Chá Gorreana
Fotografia de Carla Dias

Nordeste

Continuing the trip towards the Nordeste there is – at least – a mandatory stop where you can enjoy the fantastic Cascade of Ribeira dos Caldeirões , in Achada as well as the natural park present at this point of interest. In this place are water mills that were used previously to grind the corn.

Cascata
Cascata
Fotografia de Cristina Aires
Moínho, Ribeira dos Caldeirões
Moínho, Ribeira dos Caldeirões
Fotografia de Cristina Aires

After arriving at your destination, Vila do Nordeste, head towards the Pedreira where you will find those considered the most flower viewpoints in the Azores: Miradouro da Ponta do Sossêgo and Miradouro da Ponta da Madrugada . They are miles away from each other, worth visiting and enjoying the beauty of both.

Miradouro Ponta do Sossego
Miradouro Ponta do Sossego
Fotografia de Sónia Carina
Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego
Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego
Fotografia de Nuno
Ponta da Madrugada
Ponta da Madrugada
Fotografia de Hugo Sousa

Povoação

Follow the coast towards the municipality of Povoação.

In this county you will find fantastic places and landscapes such as the fantastic Faial da Terra (where you will find Sanguinho and its fantastic waterfall.) But given the short time of your stay you will not have time to make the pedestrian trail that still lasts about 2 hour round trip. It is scheduled for the next visit to São Miguel.

Povoação
Povoação
Fotografia de Cristina Aires
Miradouro Por do Sol
Miradouro Por do Sol
Fotografia de Nuno Vieira

We continue towards the point of departure, Ponta Delgada. But until you reach the destination, you have to explore some other corners of the island, starting with Furnas and its Lagoa das Furnas, where the famous Cozido das Furnas is made. Take the lunch break if you have not already done so.

Caldeiras Lagoa das Furnas
Caldeiras Lagoa das Furnas
Fotografia de Mário Ramalheiro
Lagoa das Furnas
Lagoa das Furnas
Fotografia de Nuno Vieira

Vila Franca do Campo

When leaving Furnas towards Ponta Delgada you will find the beautiful Vila Franca do Campo . Climb to the Miradouro Nossa Senhora da Paz and enjoy the panoramic view under the village as well as the Island of Vila Franca do Campo.

Nossa Senhora da Paz
Nossa Senhora da Paz
Fotografia de Cristina Pinto
Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo
Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo
Fotografia de Nuno

Lagoa

Arriving to the Municipality of Lagoa obligatory stop in Caloura. Enjoy the trip back to Ponta Delgada to get to visit Lagoa. Do not worry about the hours, since Ponta Delgada is a few kilometers from the Lagoa.

Caloura
Caloura
Fotografia de Cristina Aires

Arriving at the starting point, Ponta Delgada, it’s time to rest, dine and once again enjoy all the nightly points of interest.

3rd day – Visit São Miguel in 3 days

It is your last day, we keep the areas closer so that – depending on the time of your departure flight – you can easily reconcile the ride of the third day.

Ponta Delgada / Sete Cidades

Leaving Ponta Delgada, head towards the Sete Cidades . During the journey we recommend that you follow the direction of Covoada. During the trip to Lagoa das Sete Cidades you will find some belvederes that we strongly recommend you to take a break to enjoy the scenery.

Vista panorâmica Ilha de São Miguel
Vista panorâmica Ilha de São Miguel
Fotografia de Bruno Sousa

Before reaching the destination you will also find two places of interest: Lagoa das Empadadas and Lagoa do Canário. It is in this second Lagoon that it finds the famous Miradouro da Grota do Inferno.

Miradouro Boca do Inferno
Miradouro Boca do Inferno
Fotografia de Nuno Vieira

A few meters later you will reach the destination: Sete Cidades . Explore the locality and enjoy the peace that lies right next to the Blue and Green Lagoons.

Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Fotografia de Nuno Vieira

After exploring the Sete Cidades it is time to return to Ponta Delgada, making some stops to appreciate other points of interest. The first will be at Vista do Rei, the Miradouro where you can observe the Lagoa das Sete Cidades in a panoramic way and where is the famous abandoned hotel, Monte Palace .

Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Fotografia de Ana Serpa

On the return from the south side of the island, the next stop will be at Ponta da Ferraria. Known for the fantastic warm waters of the sea. It’s time to put on the bathing suit / shorts and bathe.

Ponta da Ferraria
Ponta da Ferraria
Fotografia de Bruno Salazar

Until Ponta Delgada, once again, enjoy the scenery to the Atlantic Ocean and explore the belvederes and landscapes during the trip.

It’s time to go, enjoy the last hours – if that’s the case – to bid farewell to the city and buy some souvenirs for your friends and family. Good trip back!

We arrived at the end of this adventure of 3 more days …

Much has been left to see, explore, live and feel. Sao Miguel has many more points of interest and places to visit than those listed above! Unfortunately and given the short time of the weekend trip many of these places were not mentioned in this guide Visit San Miguel in 3 days.

Yet such a trip is great to whet the appetite for a future return and to explore, with calm and time, the places that were not possible this time. We are sure that you will quickly become addicted to the Azores and its beauty and your return will begin to be quickly planned.

We hope that your stay in São Miguel in just three days has been a pleasant adventure and we look forward to your return.

If you have more suggestions and tips for a three-day stay in Sao Miguel, leave the same in the comments. This content will be updated regularly so as to make your trip easier.

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