Walking Holidays in Portugal - Azores - Azores - Eastern Islands


Holiday Highlights
  • Based between the largest Azores island of São Miguel and the oldest of Santa Maria,
  • Discover diverse geological and flora history with fascinating rock formations and profusions of flowers
  • End your trip at the chapel where Columbus went to Mass on his return from the New World


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São Miguel is the largest of the Azores Islands and offers a wide variety of walking around attractive villages, volcanic crater rims, colourful lakes and winding Levadas.

Santa Maria is the oldest of the Azores Islands where our walking routes will take you to dramatic cliffs, fascinating rock formations and stunning fauna (it is a geologists and botanist’s paradise).


Guided Walking

We include four guided walks in a 7 night stay (two on São Miguel and two on Santa Maria for this island combination). Walks are from 3 - 9 miles in length and considered easy or moderate.

We offer guided walks to the major volcanic lakes as well as coastal and rural walks in São Miguel. In Santa Maria we offer guided walks to the highest point on the island Pico Alto, through the “red desert of the Azores” and walks past waterfalls and vineyards.

Please note guided walks require a minimum of 2 people. All walks include an English speaking guide and all necessary transportation.


Self-Guided Itinerary
(please note these are proposed itineraries, they are subject to change if flight times change).

Day 1: Arrive São Miguel. Overnight São Miguel (B&B).

Day 2: Take the bus (timetable provided) to Furnas and walk to the Lagoa das Furnas. The walk starts and finishes in the attractive village of Furnas, with an optional extra walk round the village at the end of the main walk. Confirmation of the volcanic origins of São Miguel is nowhere more evident than here. The picturesque Parque Terra Nostra is in the village centre, together with thermal baths. Overnight São Miguel (HB - Half Board).

Ascent: 160m. Descent: 160m. Distance: 7 miles. Time: 2.45 hours (excluding possible extensions).

Day 3: Take the bus (timetable provided) to Sete Cidades, set within the volcanic crater containing Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde, a must on any visit to São Miguel. One route takes you up to the crater rim on the west side of the lakes, finally descending to the small village of Joao Bom. Overnight São Miguel (HB).

Ascent: 480m. Descent: 510m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 4: Take the bus (timetable provided) to Povocao. This walk takes you from almost sea level, steeply uphill across meadows, through dense woodland, alongside a levada (water channel), and finally over heather covered mountainside to arrive at the remote shore of Lagoa do Fogo, the highest lake of São Miguel. Overnight São Miguel (HB).

Ascent: 610m. Descent: 610m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 5: Transfer to the airport to take an early morning flight to Santa Maria (30 minutes). Transfer to your hotel before beginning your first walk on this beautiful, small island – a great contrast to the much larger São Miguel.

Today’s walk is the first section of the round island GR walk and can be done alone or combined with the next section. It is an exhilarating walk, first along the cliffs then the sea edge for the last section of the walk (tide dependent).  It is a dream for amateur geologists and botanists with the fascinating rock formations and the profusion of plants, beautiful flowers and butterflies.

Ascent: 260m. Descent: 262m. Distance: 4.25 miles. Time: 3 hours.

The second section, if you wish to continue on today, takes you through sleepy hamlets, past a whale observation point and close to some impressive hexagonal basalt formations like those found on the Giant’s Causeway. Overnight Santa Maria (HB).

Ascent: 660m. Descent: 355m. Distance: 5.5 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 6: This fantastic walk could be done as one very long day’s walk – almost 25km and 10 hours of walking, but can also be tackled in sections, or a variety of combinations of sections from east to west.  It starts at the beautiful São Laurenço Bay on the east coast and immediately climbs up a dramatic cliff, thereafter undulating through picturesque countryside and gradually ascending into the Alpine-looking forest to the highest point of the island (587m) where you are rewarded with spectacular views all around.  A delightful, easy descent through lovely woodland brings you back to follow the path along the north coast past the island’s tiny ‘desert’ (the only one in Europe)  and along stunning cliffs with spectacular views to the sea below and ahead towards the plain.  The walk finishes in Anjos, where you can see the chapel where Columbus went to Mass on his return from the New World. Overnight Santa Maria (HB).

Stage1: Ascent: 215m. Descent: 245m. Distance: 4.25 miles. Time: 2.5 hours.

Stage 2: Ascent: 500m. Descent: 150m. Distance: 4.5 miles. Time: 3 hours.

Stage 3: Ascent: 60m. Descent: 405m. Distance: 3.25 miles. Time: 2 hours.

Stage 4: Ascent: 160m. Descent: 370m. Distance: 4.75 miles. Time: 3 hours.

Stages 1-4 combined: Ascent: 935m. Descent: 1170m. Distance: 16.75 miles. Time: 10.5 hours (combined total, can be split into 4 sections as shown above).

Day 7: Today you can either go back to complete another section/s from yesterdays walk that you may have missed or you can have a rest day. Overnight Santa Maria (HB).

Day 8: Transfer to the airport for your flight back to São Miguel for your flight home.

Alternatively you can take a late flight from Santa Maria on day 7 and have your last night on São Miguel ready for your flight the following day, or continue on to another island.

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Hotel Vila Nova, São Miguel - 3 Star

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This charming hotel is well located near the harbour of Ponta Delgada. Local buses and the guided pick up point are very close (if you have opted for guided walking). There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) for guests to use. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast and dinner in the modern Atlantis Restaurant which serves a selection of local and international dishes.

All 102 rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, air conditioning, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Hotel Do Colégio, São Miguel - 4 Star

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This beautiful hotel is located on a quiet side street within the historical centre of Ponta Delgada yet is still within easy walking distance of all the places of interest. The building dates back to the 19th century and was later adapted to house a private school; it was also the first address of the Regional Conservatory of Music with some of its original features maintained. There is also an outdoor swimming pool for guests to use. You can enjoy breakfast and dinner in Cantina do Colégio Restaurant which serves a signature cuisine made from locally grown ingredients. 

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, air conditioning, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer. 


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Hotel Talisman, São Miguel - 4 Star

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This charming Art Deco Boutique hotel is located in the historical centre of Ponta Delgada and dates back to the 18thcentury. The partially covered outdoor swimming pool offers stunning views over the city, ocean and mountains. The Palm Terrace Restaurant has two modern dining rooms with an outdoor terrace serving seafood and Portuguese cuisine. There is also a Skylight Bar and Lounge where you can enjoy an after-dinner cocktail.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, air conditioning, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Hotel Santa Maria, Santa Maria - 3 Star

This pleasant hotel features a large green garden with a lovely outdoor swimming pool (seasonal). The rooms are spacious and warmly decorated each with a garden view. The Insula restaurant offers a selection of international and Portuguese dishes for your buffet breakfast and dinner.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, air conditioning, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Charming Blue, Santa Maria - 4 Star

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Located in the heart of Santa Maria, this hotel is indeed very charming. Delightfully modern and welcoming, Charming Blue has recently been renovated with beautiful exposed stonework and huge windows peering out onto the gardens and outdoor swimming pool. Try delicious Portuguese cuisine at their lovely restaurant Mesa d’Oito.

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Availability Information

Walking is possible all year around in the Azores. Spring is early so April and May are good times and Autumn extends into November. Being islands in the middle of the Atlantic it does tend to rain with the wettest months from October to March. The driest are July and August. There is only a 9°C variation (15 - 24°C) in average day time temperature between the coldest and warmest months so it is never very cold nor are there any prolonged hot days.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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