The Azores

Nine spectacular islands in the middle of the Atlantic

The nine islands of the Azores are midway in the Atlantic between Europe and North America.  they are the westernmost point of Europe.  These volcanic islands are a paradise for nature lovers.  Spectacular scenery including waterfalls, volcanic craters. iridescent blue crater lakes, thermal springs, geysers, wild hydrangea and the highest peak in Portugal – Mount Pico.  The Azores are a great holiday for the active.  ou can walk, cycle, rock climb, canyon and canoe.  And with real opportunities for spotting whales and dolphins wildlife enthusiasts will be happy too.  there is one direct flight a week to the Azores although on other days you can fly via and perhaps stopover in Lisbon.  The Azores are best seen on a multi-island itinerary of at least 7 days. Please have a look at the tabs below for more island detail and get in touch if you would like to visit these magical islands.  

  • Flying time: 4 hours
  • Time difference: -1 hour
  • Currency: Euro
  • Best time of year to travel: April - September

Sao Miguel is the largest of the Azores with vibrant blue crater lakes and hedgerows packed with hydrangea from April to early summer.  There are hot pairings and geysers and the Spa town of Furnas has a thermal mineral lake and botanical gardens.  There is avenue a pineapple plantation on Sao Miguel.  It is a great island for an action packed holiday – you can walk, cycle, canoe, canyon and rock climb.  For a dates of local cuisine, try the traditional meal of meat and veg cooked underground in the vapours from the mineral springs.  

Santa Maria is one of the smaller islands with beautiful white sand beaches.  There is great diving around the islets off the coast of Santa Maria

There are seven crater lakes on Flores and incredible wild hydrangeas.  Part of the sheer coastline of Flores has roughly twenty waterfalls cascading down the lush greenery.  They are the westernmost islands of the Azores.  The most western point in Europe!

Terceira is a real island for cycling and whale watching.  Its historic capital Angra do Heroismo is a UNESCO world heritage site and its cobbled streets appear untouched by time.  

Famous for its cheese, a semi hard cheese similar to cheddar, Sao Jorge is a great island for walkers and also has some good canyoning.

Dominatetd by its volcano, the highest peak in Portugal at 2351 metres, Pico is also known as the black island.  It is possible to hike up the volcano, taking 3.5 hours, but you will need a guide.  

Faial is a regular stopover for transatlantic sailors and a centre for whale watching in the Azores.  It has spectacular scenery and its harbour, Horta is cosmopolitan .  

Ideas for trips to the Azores

Here are some ideas for trips to the Azoresall of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Sao Miguel volcano walking holiday

from £1,363 per person
7 days' self guided walking inside the volcanoes of Sri Miguel including visits to Furnas lake, the Lagoa do Fogo (one of the most beautiful crater lakes in the Azores) and thee extinct volcano crater of Sete Cidades

Whale & dolphin watching holiday

from £1363 per person
Best in July and August this holiday includes several whale and dolphin watching tours, each starting with a briefing by a marine biologist. You will be based in Faial but the holiday includes a day trip and tour of the nearby volcanic island of Pico.

Family holiday to the Azores

from £1010 per person
This week long family holiday, based on Sao Miguel includes a whale and dolphin watching excursion, a sunset sailing trip, visits to the thermal lake, and hot springs of Furnas, a trip to a tea factory and a full day jeep tour of the extinct crater of Sete Cidades

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