Begin your trip on the largest island of the Azores, São Miguel, also known as ‘Green Island’ due to its verdant terrain and heavenly vistas. Embark on a journey to one of Portugal’s seven natural wonders, Sete Cidades, a quintessentially rural village set amongst the caldera’s fairy tale landscape. Admire astonishing panoramic views over twin lakes where a myriad of gorgeous colours greet you. Walk the circuit of the fringed crater rim before stopping at pineapple plantations to taste and observe how the tropical fruit is grown. Following a leisurely morning, venture to São Miguel’s northeast region for wilder, more dramatic landscapes. Here lies the hidden Ribeira dos Caldeirões, an Azorean protected area boasting an abundance of vibrant flora. In an adrenaline-fuelled canyoning experience, uncover a natural water park as you rappel waterfalls, descend streams and leap from rocks.
Explore the tranquil shores and swim in the waters of Lake Fogo before discovering the otherworldly geothermal spot of Furnas Valley. Here, you can observe the celebrated Furnas stew slow-cooked underground using only volcanic vapours, and delight in a local lunch of traditional delicacies. Famed for its extraordinary collection of native plants, Terra Nostra botanical garden is one of Europe’s most beautiful and home to a unique experience. Bathe in an iron-rich thermal pool, formed from volcanic springs and soak up the picturesque surroundings.