Since getting back from my five month trip I have been struggling to adapt to ‘normal’ life again. The routine, sitting in an office behind a computer all day, having responsibilities and to-do lists… Life is so much more fun and more relaxed when you are traveling;-)
I am trying to incorporate things I loved about traveling, like being outside and enjoying beautiful nature, eating an exotic lunch or having a coffee while reading a book, as much as I can in my spare time at home as well. Which in general goes pretty well, but after a couple of cold, rainy and miserable weeks I could not stand it anymore and was desperate for an escape to the sun.
In my search for sunny places I came across a great last-minute deal to the Azores. I didn’t know a single thing about the Azores but the pictures on Google looked stunning so without a second though I booked it.
Sao Miguel turned out to be
one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen!
I did not go on this trip alone, my parents have taken me and my sisters on great holidays around Europe as long as I can remember and I have so many fond memories of these trips. I am a real family person and love spending time with my parents and sisters. That’s why for my trip to the Azores, I asked my dad if he wanted to go with me. I really enjoyed spending a couple of days together, away from all obligations and distractions, which enabled us to have real conversations and talk about things that don’t usually come up during a Sunday visit.
My 3 day Sao Miguel itinerary
Because I only had a couple of days to explore the Sao Miguel (I left Friday afternoon and came back Tuesday morning 5am…) I crammed as much sightseeing into these days as possible. On the three maps below you can find all the places I visited, there is so much to do and see on the Azores! My dad and I rented a scooter for day 1 and 2, on day 3 we exchanged the scooter for a tiny Smart because the places we wanted to see were a bit further away.
Itinerary day 1: the South of Sao Miguel
Itinerary: Talisman hotel – Caloura Bay – Bahia Palace – Hike to Lagoa do Fogo – Talisman hotel
Highlights day 1
Itinerary day 2: the West of Sao Miguel
Itinerary: Talisman hotel – Viewpoints Lagoa Verde & Lagoa Azul – Ribeira Grande – Caldeira Velha – Talisman hotel
Highlights day 2
Itinerary day 3: the East of Sao Miguel
Itinerary: Talisman hotel – Lagoa das Furnas – Calderas – Povoação – Ponte dos Sete Arcos – Chá Gorreana – Talisman hotel
Highlights day 3
3 days on Sao Miguel: practical and budget information
Travel package from the Netherlands to Sao Miguel
I booked a travel package with Tui, the price for 2 people was €500 (€250 per person) and included a return flight, transport from and to the airport of Sao Miguel and accommodation in Ponta Delgada. I was on the island for 3,5 days (leaving Friday afternoon and arriving at Tuesday morning 5am).
1. The flight from Schiphol to Sao Miguel
If you do not want to buy a package deal, there are several airlines flying to Ponta Delgada:
I always use Skyscanner to find the best ticket prices.
2. Transport from the airport of Sao Miguel to the hotel in Ponta Delgada
There is an airport shuttle bus which costs €5 per person for a single fare and runs regularly. It takes about 20 minutes to the center of Ponta Delgada. Taxis are available, but I don’t know the exact fee. It is about 4km to the city center so I estimate it would be around €10.
3. Three nights (breakfast included) at the Talisman hotel
The Talisman hotel was really nice, we had a large room (actually two rooms, a living room and a bedroom with two separate beds), a spacious bathroom with a bath, air conditioning and a safe. The breakfast buffet was great, lots of food to choose from like regional fruit, thee and cheese. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, all together we had a great stay.
Food and drinks on Sao Miguel
I have to admit I splurged a bit during this trip and did not watch my budget that closely. In total we spend about €200 on 4 dinners, 3 lunch meals, lots of coffee and delicious ice-creams and some groceries, so €100 each.
Transport on Sao Miguel
To explore the island, we rented a scooter for two days (€50 in total) and a Smart for one day (€40), both at Auto Ramalhense. Petrol for the scooter was €5, petrol for the Smart was €15; total transportation costs were €105 (€52,50 each).
There are plenty of rental companies on Sao Miguel, but I was happy with the service of Auto Ramalhense. They brought the scooter to our hotel, returned two days later to exchange the scooter for the Smart and picked up the Smart at the end of our last day on the island.
Also read: 10 reasons to visit the Azores
It was a great trip, short but definitely a great introduction to the amazing Azores. I wouldn’t mind to go back for more:-). You can download the budget breakdown and the 3-day itinerary below.
If you have any questions about the Azores, leave a comment below or contact me!