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Cultural Tours

Heritage, History, and ancestry absorb the best of the Azorean culture

About Cultural Tours

From magic tales to the intensity of the people or the splendor of the monuments.

An adventure of the senses, a vortex of tastes, and a treat for the soul! Get excited with the heroes, cheer to life, and live with no reservations!

Join us for another type of experience during your vacation on the island of São Miguel. With us, you will discover beautiful landscapes, but you will also learn more about the history of the islands of the Azores.

Our cultural tourism tours take you to visit the most interesting points. In São Miguel, Ponta Delgada, for example, is a great city for walking, especially in the downtown area where there are historical and contemporary sites not to be missed. And with the help of our guide, you will know and know curiosities that are not in the tour guides!

We take a walking tour of the city where we highlight several churches, museums, the Mercado da Graça, where you can buy fresh Azorean products every day, and beautiful gardens.

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Azorean culture

Campo de São Francisco, in Ponta Delgada, is where one of the biggest religious festivities in Portugal takes place: the famous cult of Santo Cristo dos Milagres. His image is found in the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança. It is a celebration full of colors, devotion, and music with thousands of people, many emigrants from the USA and Canada, who travel to the island of São Miguel for this special event.

Every year, on the fifth Sunday after Easter, the highlight is the procession through the streets covered with carpets of colored wood shavings. Discover more about the Azorean traditions and festivals with us.

We also take you to experience the Azorean past at the Oficina-Museu in the village of Capelas, in São Miguel. It is an exhibition of Azorean culture and over 40 traditional arts and crafts can be found there. It is a true return to our roots. A passage in time and how the professions of our people were, from blacksmiths to carpenters, whalers who survived thanks to whale hunting, as well as distilleries, schools, among many other works represented by original objects from the last century.

Visit Pineapple Plantations

Sweet with moderate acidity, a very pleasant aroma, yellow and juicy pulp. So is the pineapple from the Azores, one of the best-known products in our archipelago.

The largest production areas are found in the South of São Miguel island in greenhouses. Also known as the king fruit of the Azores, it has specific characteristics due to the way it is produced over two years, from planting to harvesting.

A visit to the pineapple plantations is mandatory here in the Azores!

Ancestral vines

On the island of São Miguel, much of the vineyard is still hand-worked. This property with more than 30 years of history and an extension of five hectares of wine production will leave you speechless. It is the culmination of a decade of work and dedication.

The ancestral vineyards we are talking about are located in Fenais da Luz, on the north coast of São Miguel, where most of the island’s wine is produced.

Enter an exciting tour of enology, and delight yourself with a tasting of award-winning wines.

Why Futurismo

  • Leaders in Whale Watching

    1st Whale Watching Company in São Miguel (1990) and largest tour operator in the Azores.

  • WCA Certified

    We are certified by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), the world’s largest marine conservation organization

  • Marine Biologist Guides

    All our sea tours are operated by experienced Marine Biologists who also participate in scientific investigations

  • Best Fleet in Azores

    Comfortable catamaran or fierce zodiac boats, you choose the kind of experience you want.

  • Free Cancellations

    You’ll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance

  • Multicultural Team

    Our guides speak several languages, including English, Spanish, French and German.

  • The Basics

    What is Whale Watching?

    Whale and dolphin watching is the practice of observing whales and dolphins (commonly called cetaceans) in their natural habitat.

    What is the best season to do Whale Watching in the Azores?

    All year-round, we have sperm whales and several dolphin species. If you want to see the biggest whales in the world, the best season for whale and dolphin watching in the Azores is Springtime – March to June.
    During this time of the year, baleen whales are migrating and passing by our waters. Thus, it is possible to see blue whales, fin whales, and sei whales among others.
    The summertime is also ideal to spot pilot whales, beaked whales, or spotted dolphins for example.

    What are the chances of seeing a cetacean?

    98%. Even so, we don’t stop at this rate and offer you a new tour totally for free if you did not see any of these amazing creatures (whale or dolphin) during the tour.

    How do you locate the whales and dolphins in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean?

    Futurismo has more lookouts than any other tour operator in the Azores so we always know where the animals are. Lookouts are people on the coast looking for cetaceans with binoculars.
    Apart from this ancestral method, we can locate the whales and dolphins based on acoustic data thanks to our directional hydrophone which will allow us to hear and record sounds emitted by cetaceans audible to the human ear.

    The Experience

    Futurismo – biggest Whale Watching operator in the Azores

    If you want to try whale watching in the Azores, it has to be with us, the first whale watching company in São Miguel island!

    With over 30 years of experience, we know what we are talking about. We are a family-owned company really passionate about what we do.

    Scientifical approach

    During the trip, you will not only see magnificent animals but also learn everything you need to know about them and about Azorean marine wildlife in general.

    We love providing emotions, but we also want to educate and make this experience interesting with fun facts and more information about the sighted species.

    Not to be missed

    If you simply had just one activity to choose for your holidays in the Azores, it would without any doubt be whale and dolphin watching. The waters around the archipelago are so rich in cetacean species, which turns it into the perfect place for this experience.

    Detailed pre-tour briefing

    Before embarking on this amazing journey on the Atlantic Ocean, one of our qualified marine biologists will explain every detail about the experience you’ll be living and provide important information about safety, rules of observation and respect for the animals as well as an overview of what may be sighted during the tour.

    Marine biologist guides

    Our trips are fully escorted by experienced marine biologists, supported with a backup of years and years of investigation. Our staff knows everything about their area, you will be surprised to learn so many things about the animals. Plus, most of our guides are at least bilingual!

    Illustrated guides & Hands-on Materials

    In order to speak the same language and illustrate the scientific information that our marine biologists will tell you, we have lots of visual resources for you to enjoy. The Azorean waters will not have any more secret for you. Ocean lovers will love it!

    1. Find the perfect tour for you and book it

    Choose between our 60+ spectacular activities on the amazing Azores and book it online or in any of our stores.

    2. Email confirmation

    Receive a confirmation email with the reservation details.

    3. “The Day”

    Enjoy your experience with us. We will be pleased to welcome you and to make your tour the most fullfilling and memorable to you.

    Note: Unexpected limitations

    Keep calm. You can cancel absolutely for free your bookings until 48h before the activity date*and, if the weather conditions don’t allow us to do the activity safely, we’ll cancel it and contact you suggesting an alternative date or provide a full refund.

    * Check the Cancelations Policy within every tour page for additional info

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    F.A.Q.s about Cultural Tours

    Are there any pickup and drop off locations I can use?

    Yes, please check the Departure and Return section presented on every tour.

    Can I take my camera with me during this activity?

    Yes, but be aware that your material will be under your responsability.

    How can I book this activity?

    You can select any tour within our website and get your booking confirmation on your email immediately. Alternativelly, you can visit us on our shops or get in touch with us by phone, email or send us a message on social media (Instagram and Facebook)

    Is this an adventure kind of tour?

    It is a great adventure, but not physically demanding.

    What if the weather isn’t ok?

    If the weather doesn’t allow to do this activity safely, we will cancel it and suggest na alternative date.

    What is the minimum number of participants?

    Please check the minimum number of participant for each tour inside the program’s page.

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