GolfCourse at Furnas
Golf in S. Miguel Island

In S. Miguel, the Furnas and Batalha courses provide differing styles of challenge. Try them both. Furnas, a par 72 runs between majestic Japanese cedar trees and was designed by Bob Cameron.

The broad fairways of Batalha provide a smoother ride over its three 9-hole loops. To finish, the traditionally styled clubhouse provides all the style for a glass of something refreshing between the surrounding green and the ocean blue.

Whale Watching
Whale and Dolphin Watching

Set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores are an archipelago of nine unspoilt islands. Sperm whales, whales and dolphins are to be found in great abundance in these waters, which are also rich in fish. Whaling was once an important activity for many of the islands.

Specially fitted boats make it possible to observe more than twenty-four different species of these great sea mammals, an unforgettable experience.

Your whale watching adventure is carefully prepared on land by the skipper, who gives visitors a briefing to explain the various species that may be seen, the way in which the trip will develop and the special precautions that need to be taken.

An encounter with the blue whale, the world’s largest existing mammal, is a breathtaking experience that you will not want to miss.

Bird Watching
Bird Watching in S. Miguel

The dominant colour in the landscape is green, resulting from the luxurious vegetation, complemented by pink, purple and blue tones of camellias, azaleas and above all the hydrangeas. This wealth of vegetation allied to the islands’ privileged geographic location in the middle of the Atlantic is prized by many species of terrestrial and aquatic birds who congregate here, generating a diverse mix of avifauna that is difficult to find in any other part of the world.

If you’re looking for rare bird species, travel to the island of São Miguel. The Special Protection Zone of Pico da Vara is the only place in the world where you can see the small priolo - the most endangered bird species in Europe. Other species also inhabit this zone, such as blackcaps or chaffinches.

To the south, the Ponta da Galera is a kingdom of terns, but there are many other excellent birdwatching spots. Some of them are truly spectacular and constitute must-see locations on any tourism itinerary – such as the Lagoa das Furnas and Lagoa das Sete Cidades, or the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo.

Hiking Tours in s. Miguel
Hiking in S. Miguel

Known as the Island of the Volcanic Lakes, São Miguel is the largest of the Azores’ nine islands, and is famous for the variety of its landscape. Go for a walk in the country where you can really appreciate the local wildlife.

If you’re brave enough, and like a little more adrenalin, why not try climbing up the mountain paths to one of the island’s highest points, 800 metres above sea level.

Don’t miss the view from "Vista de Rei", from where you can look down over the enchanted lakes that are both green and blue - certainly one of the most distinctive sights on the archipelago’s landscape.

The most beautiful lake of all is the "Lagoa das Sete Cidades", where the natural colours contrast with the white houses of the village that sits within the old volcanic crater. Dare yourself to climb down the steep slope and then enjoy a swim in the inviting waters of Praia do Lombo Gordo.

To replenish your energies, treat yourself to the ‘natural’ cuisine provided by the cozido das furnas where food is buried in the ground and cooked with the heat of the earth.