The Azores are brimming with history and natural beauty, plus all sorts of delicious food! If you are a foodie, this itinerary is for you. Get ready for cozido, queijadas da vila, locally-produced tea, Azorean cheeses, and much, much more!
Upon your arrival at Ponta Delgada International Airport, you’ll be met by your driver and brought to your Ponta Delgada hotel to drop your bags. The morning and afternoon are yours to explore! Start your culinary discovery with breakfast by the marina or head straight to the marketplace to visit the vendors for fresh fruit, vegetables, and local delicacies. In the evening, enjoy a tasting of Azorean cheeses and wine in a local wine bar. Your host will provide commentary, insights, and guidance.
Ponta Delgada Food Tour
Spend the afternoon discovering some of the best food in Portugal on your guided culinary walking tour through Ponta Delgada. Explore artisanal eateries and restaurants in a mix of sightseeing, delicious food, and great stories. From timeless recipes to innovative modern cuisine, you will enjoy a progressive menu that includes the unique Azorean pineapple, physalis and blackberry jams, seafood and organic meats, and homemade desserts such as passion fruit bavaroise and green tea ice cream!
Full Day Furnas Tour
After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel for your full-day tour of eastern São Miguel and Furnas. Make a morning stop in the beautiful seaside town of Vila Franca do Campo to enjoy a cup of coffee and taste the famous Queijadas de Vila Franca, a traditional pastry refined by nuns in convents during the 1600s. Next, visit Terra Nostra Park and wander through the award-winning botanical garden and take a dip in the natural geothermal hot springs. In Furnas town, see where your lunch of ‘cozido das Furnas’ is being cooked by the geothermal energy in the ground and then feast this traditional dish. After lunch, have a tasting of locally-made liquors before heading to Miradouro do Ferro to see the archipelago’s oldest crater. Lastly, visit Europe’s oldest tea plantation to learn how the tea is cultivated and produced.
Your Day To Explore
Today is yours to continue your culinary adventure on your own. Consider making a reservation at a local favorite, A Tasca restaurante, for the best cheese board in town. Afterwards, visit Gelataria Abracadabra for dessert or an afternoon snack. For dinner, Quinta dos Sabores offers an amazing tasting menu! Happy eating!
Until Next Time
After breakfast, spend your remaining time shopping for souvenirs or strolling by the marina before your transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
Visiting the Azores was paradise! Beautiful scenery,great food (especially the milk, cheese, ice cream,yogurt and butter), tea factory and thermal spas...it was very relaxing and you did not feel rushed. The people are friendly and laid-back. I thought the shopping was good as prices were very reasonable in San Miguel. I did all of my Christmas shopping. We felt safe walking around and crime is very low as well.