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  • Full-Day Nordeste Excursion

    1. Full-Day Nordeste Excursion

    Taking the road that travels along the North coast reach Nordeste, usually referred as the 10th island for its remoteness, and the oldest geological part of São Miguel. Mountains, woods, waterfalls, belvederes that rise over the sea, beautiful villages, and a multitude of flowers mark this area. The local people are warm-hearted and cheerful. It is possible to find genuine handicrafts and delicious gastronomy here which you can see and taste at your stop in Nordeste village. After lunch continue the tour around the east part of the island until you reach the village of Povoação, the place where the first settlers set foot on the island. Finish the day with a stop at Salto do Cavalo belvedere.

    The landscapea are amazing. Overall there were very few people on the various points which was definitely a plus. The tour was very well organized and the guide was helpful and answered all our questions

  • Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

    2. Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

    The Nordeste is one of the lesser-known destinations of Portugal, yet it remains one of the most beautiful areas of São Miguel Island. Spend a day exploring the area in a 4x4, traveling along the coast to Ribeira Grande and Porto Formoso, among others. The the 4x4 will climb to one of the highest peaks on the island: the Pico Bartolomeu. From here, you can see the highest mountain on the island, the Pico da Vara. After marveling at the sight, drive along the famous Tronqueira Mountain Trail to one of the oldest parts of the island, ending in Povoação Village.

    We had a great day and we saw so many beautiful landscapes. The guide Felipe was very friendly and told us a lot. He was also a good and safe car driver. It was really fun to drive around in a Land Roover. Thanks!

  • Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

    3. Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

    Travel from Ponta Delgada to one of Sao Miguel’s northern coast’s highlights: The Ribeira dos Caldeirões natural park, where waterfalls and windmills nestle amongst the lush vegetation. From here, you’ll continue on to Nordeste village, known for its beautiful gardens and well-preserved streets. From here you’ll travel along the North-East side of the island, taking in the views over colorful gardens and the sea from Ponta do Arnel, Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada. Your next stop will be Povoação Village, situated in the most South-Eastern part of the island. Povoação means settlement in Portuguese, and was where the first Portuguese navigators arrived on the island. Here you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant, before travelling along the Alameda de Plátanos Visconde Botelho, a large avenue surrounded by Plátanus trees. Off-roading over streams, you’ll drive to Salto do Cavolo t...

  • Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

    4. Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

    Start the tour by leaving Ponta Delgada and traveling towards the north coast. Make the first stop at Ribeira dos Caldeirões in the municipality of Nordeste. See the beautiful waterfall, known as Véu da Noiva, and the surrounding watermills and gardens. Pass through picturesque villages as you travel on towards the wonderful viewpoints of Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada, on the eastern tip of the island. View the beautiful lighthouse from the top of the cliff. Stop for lunch which will be served in the village of Povoação, the oldest settlement on the island. In the afternoon, relax near the sea or explore the historic center of Povoação. Return to Ponta Delgada along the south coast, passing by Furnas Lake and Vila Franca do Campo.

  • From Ponta Delgada: Azores Northeast Full-Day Tour

    5. From Ponta Delgada: Azores Northeast Full-Day Tour

    Traveling from Ponta Delgada towards Nordeste village, a circuit is made by the north coast of the island. Your first stop will be at Ribeira grande along with Ribeira dos Caldeirões and Natural Park. Here, you can visit a watermill, several waterfalls and a souvenir store. Continuing the tour, stop at the viewpoint Vista dos Barcos, where you can observe the most Eastern point of the island Ponta do Arnel, a lighthouse and small fishing port. Visit the viewpoint of Ponta do Sossego, a garden full of various flowers overlooking the sea and mountains. Next stop, Ponta da Madruga viewpoint, another location with a unique view of the island, where many people enjoy their summer dawns to watch the sun rise from the ocean. Continue through the south coast to Povoação village, first populated on the island by the year of 1432. Stop for lunch with a menu of your choice. After lunch, visit a g...

  • From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste Full Day Jeep Tour

    6. From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste Full Day Jeep Tour

    Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Nordeste for a full-day jeep tour of the region. Stop at Sallto do Cavalo viewing point. The lookout point provides views of the north-eastern side of the island, the Furnas Valley, and the coastline. After your stop at Sallto do Cavalo viewpoint, you’ll head to the Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões. Located on the the slopes of Serra da Tronqueira, Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões follows the Ribeira dos Caldeirões water stream. Here you’ll see an abundance of local flora, including ferns and cedar trees. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant located in a Nordeste village. After lunch, you’ll stop at Serra da Tronqueira, where you’ll have panoramic views of the island. Visit Povoação, which was the first populated village on the island. After your visit, stop at Vila Franca do Campo, which is known for its beach inlets.

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What people are saying about Povoacao

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 54 reviews

An amazing tour I loved everything I've seen. In winter very few people, ideal for the tour with peace of mind and without crowds. The tour had him hired in English (because there was no option in Spanish) but since we were just a couple from Madrid and I, the guide very kindly adapted and although he never does tours in Spanish he was perfectly understood. We were delighted with Rida!

We loved the experience, Hugo took us around the island and explained everything very well. Thanks to him we have gotten to know Saõ Miguel super well. He also took us to visit the tea plantations and Ananas' plantations when he saw interest on our part. The food very good and the experience very good. He speaks Spanish very well.

The landscapea are amazing. Overall there were very few people on the various points which was definitely a plus. The tour was very well organized and the guide was helpful and answered all our questions

Our guide was just perfect and tried very hard to make us see the most beautiful places of northeast

A great day out. Beautiful scenery. Very good guide.