Discover the 'Green Island' Walk Overview
Discover the largest and most varied island, São Miguel, with crater lakes, hot springs and mist-shrouded peaks.
- self-guided, single-centre walk
- whale-watching excursion included
- unique volcanic landscapes
- hire car included
The Azores, some 800 miles west of mainland Portugal, remain one of Europe’s most impressive and least-discovered outposts. This extraordinary archipelago has historically formed a vital link between the Old and New Worlds, with a distinctive history and culture. The fusion of vivid green landscapes (the result of the humid climate) and haunting volcanic scenery lends them a unique feel, and culturally, too, the mix is fascinating - striking Baroque churches built by the pioneers, bustling ports, great religious festivals.
Walking is the best way to discover São Miguel with its volcanic landscapes and lush vegetation, which includes pockets of ancient laurisilva forest, tropical plants, hydrangeas and cedars. To fully show you the great scenic variety, we suggest walks in different corners of the island, all accessed using your hire car.