Known as the Green Island, Sao Miguel will please those, like equestrians, who wish to see the beautiful southwest coastal region. Settled in the 15th Century by Portuguese colonists, this unique island in the Azores will leave you feeling touched by nature's glory. After all, Sao Miguel is named after Saint Michael, the archangel in the Bible.Begin your guided tour at the timeless 17th-century estate, Quinta da Terca. Not only will you enjoy the historical aspects of the Portuguese manor and grounds, you'll feel alive breathing in the fresh air of nearby mountains and ocean. It's here you will ascend your trained horse and follow an expert guide on a tour around the small town of Livramento. Travel through secondary paths, riding among old stone walls causing you to contemplate the lives of prior generations from past centuries.
When the area was first settled, it was nicknamed Rosto do Cao, or Dog's Face, due to the rocky peninsula presenting the appearance of a dog looking out to the sea.
Your horseback tour will continue to Mata da Santa, or Holy Wood. Be sure to allow all your senses to take in this environment as the sights, sounds, and scents transport your mind to the simple pleasures of life. This forested region is home to eucalyptus, bay, and acacia trees. An interesting fact about eucalyptus: its oil act as a natural insecticide. You will swear you're in a primeval subtropical paradise with nature's bounty right under your horse's hooves.
You will return to part with your equestrian companion. Reserve this equastrian based Ponta Delgada tour for a trove of cherished memories.