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Please recommend itinerary for 10 days

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Please recommend itinerary for 10 days

Hi,

going to Sao Miguel in May for 10 days. Staying in Ponta Delgada, will be renting a car (4 people, late 20s). Interested in everything (sporty activities, scuba diving, hiking, bird watching, shopping, bar hopping etc)

could you please list the must see/do? If there are specific companies that are better then others - please recommend those. Would it be cheaper to schedule trips/tours ahead of time or get something once we are there, do tour companies bargain better with walk-ins?

Also, what are the must try foods and drinks on the island?

thank you.

Edited: 08 April 2014, 15:28
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1. Re: Please recommend itinerary for 10 days

You shouldn't miss Cozido das Furnas, a typical meal that will be cooked for you by the mother nature

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2. Re: Please recommend itinerary for 10 days

Hi,

São Miguel islands have a lot to do and to see:

Sport fishing, whale wacthing, scuba diving, safari 4WD tours, paragliding, walking trails and so on...

As we are on the middle of the Atlantic don't miss fresh fish... Tuna, mackerel, amberjack, bluefish, black tail comber and much more.

Have a nice preparation,

Sergio

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3. Re: Please recommend itinerary for 10 days

When in May? In May 23-29 there are the big religious festivities of Senhor Santo Cristo, lots of people from the other islands will be coming to Ponta Delgada. www.visitazores.com/en/experience-the-azores

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4. Re: Please recommend itinerary for 10 days

May 10-20.

Unfortunately we're missing not just the festival, but also any ferry services to other islands..

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5. Re: Please recommend itinerary for 10 days

We just got back from our second trip there.

Food and Drink

I think the local beer Especiale was very good if you like pilsners. We did not have a bad local wine. The public market in PDG has a great selection of fruits and vegetables. Pineapples were cheaper than at the plantations. I would recommend the "Associação" Tenderloin at the Associação Agrícola de São Miguel - Restaurant. It is 20 Euros, but it covers the whole plate and is about 2 inches thick. Azorean wine there was only 5 euros a bottle. The place is hard to find, but worth it.

Experiences

They have cleaned up Caldeira Velha and it has two sections to go in the water. One is like a big hot tub where they diverted the bubbling water and the other is cooler, but has the waterfall. The road it is on has spectacular scenery and is fun to drive over the mountain.

We also really enjoyed the tour of the Estrella Tobacco Factory. They only do it on Thursdays at 1, 2, or 3 pm and it lasts about a half hour, but they show you how they make their cigars. You can purchase them at reasonable prices as well.

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