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Azores Holidays

Azores Holidays

Azores Holidays

Walking in the Azores

Azores
8 Days from £ 2,149
£ 1,999

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Trek on Europe's undiscovered volcanic archipelago

Walking & Trekking

Island Hopping in the Azores

Azores
15 Days from £ 1,999

Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)

Explore 5 of the 9 islands of the Azores archipelago, a scenically varied area to explore, with each island having its own characteristics, from steep craters to abundant wildlife and sites of historical interest. Internal flights or ferries included.

Walking & Trekking

Azores Cycling

teircera-island
7 Days from £ 1,299

Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)

In Terceira Island, explore the stunning coastline and the luxurious green pastures.

Cycling

Top 5 Things to Do on Azores holidays

Whale watching: Lapped by the wild Atlantic waves, the Azores is one of the best places in the world to observe whales in their natural habitat. The volcanic archipelago is located along the migratory route of several whale species, including sperm whales, humpback whales and blue whales. Enjoy a guided boat tour led by experienced local guides who will steer you to the best spots for whale watching. The sight of these majestic creatures breaching the surface of the ocean is truly awe-inspiring experience.

Caldeira crater walk: Immerse yourself in Faial’s geology and history with a fascinating walk around the epic Caldeira volcanic crater. The Azores is a volcanic archipelago, and the Caldeira crater is a testament to the region’s tumultuous geological past. Hike along the rim of the crater, admiring the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and learn about the volcanic activity that has shaped the islands. This circular walk offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and gain a deeper understanding of the island’s natural heritage.

Hike Mount Pico: This rewarding hike is another popular activity among adventure seekers on Azores holidays. Mount Pico is the highest peak in Portugal, standing at 2,351 metres above sea level. The hike to the summit is challenging but the breathtaking views of the island and the surrounding ocean from its summit are well worth the effort. As you ascend the mountain, you’ll pass through lush forests, rugged volcanic terrain and alpine meadows, encountering rare flora and fauna along the way.

Explore vineyards: Wine enthusiasts will find plenty to love in the Azores, as the islands are home to sprawling vineyards that produce high-quality wines. The volcanic soil and island’s microclimate create the perfect conditions for grape cultivation, resulting in distinctive wines with a rich flavour profile. As you wander through the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process and sample a variety of local wines, including the famous Verdelho and Arinto varieties. A visit to the vineyards is a great way to experience the islands’ cultural heritage and sample the flavours of the Azores. Visit the Cave of Stingrays: Ilhéu das Cabras, or the Cave of the Sheep Islet, is located off the south coast of Terceira Island. This enchanting cave is home to a large population of Atlantic stingrays, which can be seen up close in their natural habitat. Snorkelling alongside these graceful creatures, witnessing their beauty and agility as they glide through the crystal-clear waters of the cave, is an unforgettable experience that gives you the opportunity to interact with the Azure’s marine life.

Fabulous week with an Amazing Guide

Denise Konrad Walking in the Azores

A chance to explore 3 different Azorean islands. Good mix of inland and coastal walks varying from lush green vegetation to barren volcanic terrain.

Melvyn Tisbury Walking in the Azores

When is the best time to visit the Azores?

The Azores enjoy a mild climate all year-round, making it a suitable destination for travel at any time. However, the peak tourist season typically falls between June and September when the weather is warmest and most favourable for outdoor activities. If you want to avoid the busier times, spring is a great time to visit the Azores and the landscapes are bursting with colour. While the temperatures are still warm, the heat is less intense than during the summer months.

What are the best things to do in the Azores?

From majestic volcanic lakes and gaping craters to stunning mountainous landscapes like Mount Pico, the Azores is brimming with natural wonders to explore. Furnas is a great place to visit with its geothermal hot springs, as well as the historic city of Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The vibrant marine life and Atlantic waters make the Azores a paradise for whale watching. There are an incredible 80 species of dolphin and whales that occupy the waters, including sperm whales, blue whales, bottle-nose dolphins and pilot whales.

FAQs on Azores Holidays

Where are the Azores located?

The Azores is a group of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,500 kilometres west of Portugal. Despite their remote location, these islands are easily accessible by air, with direct flights available from major European cities.

What is the local cuisine in the Azores?

The Azorean cuisine is a vibrant fusion of Portuguese and regional flavours, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and locally sourced vegetables. There are several traditional dishes we recommend trying on Azores holidays: Cozido das Furnas (a stew cooked in volcanic steam), octopus salad and the famous Queijadas da Vila Franca do Campo, a sweet pastry specialty. The seafood here is something else and you won’t regret sampling the fresh tuna and succulent lobster, caught straight from the sea.

Do I need a visa for travelling to the Azores?

If you are a citizen of a country which is a member of the Schengen Area or the European Union, you don’t need a visa to visit the Azores, as it is an autonomous region of Portugal. However, if you are a citizen of a country outside of the Schengen Area or the EU, you may need to obtain a visa before travelling to the Azores. It is always recommended to check with the embassy or consulate of Portugal for the most up-to-date visa requirements.

Are vaccinations required for visiting the Azores?

Although vaccinations aren’t required for visiting the Azores, you might want to consider getting common vaccinations like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, rabies and Tetanus. Please note that requirements may vary based on individual health conditions, the duration of your stay and specific activities planned. It is advisable to consult a healthcare provider or travel clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to get personalised recommendations and ensure you are up to date on all necessary vaccinations.

Are the Azores good for cycling holidays?

Boasting diverse landscapes of lush green valleys, volcanic craters and stunning coastal views, the Azores provide an excellent setting for cycling holidays. Cyclists can enjoy a wide range of terrains and scenery, and the mild climate throughout the year makes it an ideal place for tougher climbs. The well-maintained roads offer smooth rides, while the network of off-road cycling trails provides opportunities for both leisurely rides and challenging routes. Also, the Azorean culture and delicious local food will enhance your experience exploring these enchanting islands.

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