Top 6 Things to do in Lagoa, Portugal

July 13, 2017 Malia Yoakum

Discover the best top things to do in Lagoa, Portugal including Azores Dream Tours, Complexo Municipal de Piscinas, Rent a Bike Azores, Ceramica Viera, Vale de Centianes Beach, Colecao Visitavel Matriz de Lagoa.
Restaurants in Lagoa

1. Azores Dream Tours

Lagoa, Sao Miguel 9560-360, Portugal
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5 based on 82 reviews

Azores Dream Tours

Azores Dream Tours is showing to be one of the best tourist animation companies of the island of Sao Miguel. We propose more inovator services with quality, respecting always the principles that reacts to our action, honesty , initiative , security , knowledge , responsibility and courtesy for all of our clientes and partners. Objective Azores Dream Tours is located on the green island , Sao Miguel in Azores, where we can clearly see volcanic activity. The characteristic background of the volcanic craters is served with beds of the magnific lakes where you can observe and enjoy the unique landscapes that increase in the surreal size . Through our themed tours our clients are presented with scenarios where the main landscape is littered with flowers, Springs and fumaroles that are able to take your breath away. Azores Dream Tour wants to honor our Cliente/partner making these memorable moments. Our readiness and effectiveness are at your service because we make our excellence one of our main objectives. During each of our tours our team is always available to make suggestions so that we can display the best of our service. Azoream Dream Tours main goal is achieving and developing our work with excellence, that marks us and distinguishes us in our service in the animation tourism market in San Miguel. Safety and Liability The policy of Azores Dream Tours is protect and ensure the safty of our customers and employees at all times. As promoters and responsible for our environment, we carry out our Mission of tourist animation based on high standards of safety and responsability. The staff of Azores Dream Tours, in a unique and present form, intend that your presence on board is made in total sefety, with the maximum comfort and in pure leisure, always defending the most stringent criteria of safety on board as well as places visited in order to avoid any accidentes , damage in properties and misuse of the environment. Taking into account our Mission to preserve the most of our nature and natural beauty of the tours conducted in Azores. Dream Tours does not allow removing any plants or flowers as well as any deposit of waste in to the environment. For the safty of our customers they must always remain with the seat belt when the vehicle is in motion. All of our tours , activities and car are covered by an existing insurance agreement of the Portuguese law for tourist activity animation. Our services 365 days per year Azores Dream Tours offeres themed tours throughout the island of Sao Miguel. Find out the charms and wonders of our land at attractive prices to all age groups. The Azores Dream Tours have a fleet of vehicles that seats upto nine. "Success will be achieved securely in a safe and efficient manner in all operations of the Azores Dream Tours."

Reviewed By Janice B - Waltham, Massachusetts

Miguel arranged for 3 full day private tours of the island as well as a dolphin and whale watching cruise. Nelson picked up 8 of us at our villa and gave us the grand tour of the island over 3 days. He recommended great lunch and dinner locations, he adjusted our day which allowed us to stop and visit at our timing and leisure. There is so much to see on this island of Sao Miguel and Nelson made it so pleasant. I can't recommend them enough. Thank you Miguel and Nelson for making our visit so perfect - we will return and will of course be in touch with you.

2. Complexo Municipal de Piscinas

Rua Cidade de New Bedford | Nossa Senhora do Rosario, Lagoa, Sao Miguel 9560-077, Portugal +351 296 912 111
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Complexo Municipal de Piscinas

Reviewed By AndrejaKo - Maribor, Slovenia

I really like how they fixed up this place and made a beacho n the wild rocks. In the sommer it must be reall nice to come here.

3. Rent a Bike Azores

Av. do Litoral, Ar. 4, Lagoa, Sao Miguel 9560, Portugal +351 919 016 135
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Rent a Bike Azores

Bike rentals for an adventure in Azores Islands. Rent our ebikes and specialized MTB Bikes for a Self-guided Bike Tour or a great ride in Azorean landscapes.

Reviewed By 792Jennifer - Durham, North Carolina

I highly advise against using this company. My husband and I used them for a self-guided tour of Lagoa do Fogo – Caldeira Velha – Ribeira Grande – Porto Formoso. We also requested to have Mulher do Capote added to the route. After being told they would send us the revised route, it took 6 weeks and at least 5-6 requests to actually get the map. This wasn’t a big deal as we did receive the map prior to our trip, but should have been a red flag for the professionalism of the company. Another problem occurred when we booked the trip originally. We received our travel/confirmation voucher, and I happened to double check it and noticed they booked us for a different date. I emailed them and had them correct it. Closer to the date of our tour, I emailed to double check they had the correct date and everything was set. I was then told they didn’t have anyone available for the date we had booked, and they requested we switch to another date, which wasn’t possible. When we told them no, they decided they would find someone to take us on the originally promised date. All of this was confusing, an inconvenience, and disappointing from a company. However, compared to the tour itself, minor.
On the date of the tour, the company did pick us up on time, so that is one positive. The driver told us that is was very foggy at Lagoa do Fogo, the starting point. He suggested we begin at the last stop on the tour, Porto Formoso, and work our way backwards. He said this is usually the ending point, but we could simply switch routes. Since no other warnings were given, we assumed this would be fine and said okay. What he failed to mention was the reason for Lagoa do Fogo being the start point. It is on the top of a mountain and by starting at the end point, nearly the entire route of the 24 km+ trail would now be uphill and very very steep on most sections. When we questioned the route from Caldeira Velha to Lagoa do Fogo, we were told “it’s not too bad, not too steep” and were told we could call if that portion got too bad. With 30+ minutes to explain the implications of switching the routes, we were not given the slightest hint that the end to the start route would be much more difficult. Also, after being dropped off, we realized we were not given an emergency kit as promised. Luckily, we didn’t need it. We also were not required to sign our contract in advance (e.g., saying the company isn’t liable for injury) which is a very bad business practice. We spent the next several hours attempting to make the trip. We made it as far as Ribeira Grande and then attempted to ride to the next stop at Caldeira Velha. We made it only 2.7 km, as it was straight up hill. I think you would have to be Lance Armstrong to make it up this route, especially on a mountain bike. We are young (27, 30) and very fit and had no chance. To get to Caldeira Velha would have been another 4+ km and to Lagoa do Fogo another 8+ km from the place we stopped, again all very steep uphill. We were beyond frustrated at this point that we expected a nice, but challenging bike ride, and had gotten an impossible route with no forewarning. We called Beatrix (or something like that), who is supposed to be the owner, to request a pick-up. I explained how we were upset that we were not given any explanation about the difficulty of switching the order, and she was very rude and said our driver must have told us and we didn’t listen (not true). When the driver arrived (timely, maybe 20 minutes later), we again tried to explain to him that we were very upset about this experience. He laughed and smiled and said “I told you so.” He never once said it would be more difficult at all, and he finally conceded this point that he hasn’t told us, but then said “we should have figured it out.” I’m not sure how we were supposed to know this. He drove us to the next two stops, but at that point, we had difficulty enjoying the visits. The driver did finally feel bad for our experience and acknowledged that the trip he told us to go on was very difficult and a trail he couldn’t bike either, and did apologize at that point. He also took us to a pineapple plantation to visit because he felt bad, which was a nice gesture, but unfortunately didn’t make up for the poor day. The company’s main consolation to us was that if we were tired we could have called to be picked up earlier. That is very true. Unfortunately, we paid a lot of money for the trip and wanted to visit the places on bike by ourselves, not as part of a Jeep Tour that we could have paid for as a different trip and much cheaper. Overall, the experience was very poor and ruined our day, which of our entire trip was the most expensive activity.
Finally, unrelated to the company, but things you should consider if biking in Sao Miguel:
1.Roads are very dangerous (at least the ones we were on) – there is typically no shoulder or a very small one with people driving easily 2x the speed limit with little regard to the safety of bikers or pedestrians.
2.Street signs are minimal, if present at all. Can be very difficult to find your way.

4. Ceramica Viera

Rua das Alminhas, Lagoa, Sao Miguel 9560-073, Portugal +351 296 912 116
Excellent
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4 based on 28 reviews

Ceramica Viera

Reviewed By springbank - Greve, Denmark

In the town of Lagoa on the south coast is the ceramics factory Cerâmica Vieira, family-owned since 1862. Here you can experience how women still learn and paint it today. Definitely worth taking the walking tour through the facility as it is really interesting to see how they make the ceramics, and the ladies there are a joy. And of course there is a little shop where you can buy the artfully painted blue and white bowls, plates, cups, … and of course azulejos. The Pottery industry is one of the oldest of Sao Miguel, in the end of the 15th century the Azoreans already used pottery produced in the Islands, with Moorish and Spanish influences, as the methods and forms used in the production of these pieces were very similar to the ones used in the Potteries of Valencia, Paderna and Menisses.

5. Vale de Centianes Beach

Lagoa, Sao Miguel, Portugal
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Vale de Centianes Beach

Reviewed By QuakerGal - Barnegat, New Jersey

Based on a few Trip advisor postings, We set out to find this beautiful small beach in our rental car. After driving on several unpaved roads,we arrived at what could loosely be called a parking area. Yes, The cliffs are beautiful. The beach (200 meters below) looks lovely. We chose not to hike down. WAAAAY DOWN. There are no shelters for rent so if you have arrived in the b lazing sun without an umbrella, you are on your own. Take photos from above as we did, and find another beach.

6. Colecao Visitavel Matriz de Lagoa

Avenida Doutor Gaspar Fructuoso s/n, Lagoa, Sao Miguel 9560-021, Portugal +351 296 912 067
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5 based on 2 reviews

Colecao Visitavel Matriz de Lagoa

The Parochial Church of Santa Cruz houses in the annexes adjacent to the building a museum space, organized according to the typologies and/or themes divided into six expository cores: Figurine Art Core, Jewellry Core, Ceramic and Tiling Core, Processional Core, Vestments' Core and Bonecretor Art Core.

Reviewed By Tiago P - Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Uma coleção que retrata a vivença Cristã do patrimonio da Igreja Matriz de Lagoa situada na pacata freguesia de Sta. Cruz. Simplesmente enriquecedora e muito bem estruturada não deixando de salientar o meu nucleo preferido, a vida de Cristo em arte bonecreira, de uma singulariedade impressionante. Aconcelho vivamente.

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