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Ida Marinova
AzoresTravel Specialist

The nine islands that make up the Azores mark the westernmost boundary of Europe. Just a four-hour flight from the UK, this nature-rich Portuguese archipelago spans the Mid-Atlantic Ridge around 900 miles west of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, nestled in the heart of the ocean.

The islands' volcanic origins are clear – deep craters or calderas dominate the landscape, making holidays here a walker’s paradise. Although summers are not stifling, the temperature averages an exceptionally pleasant 23 degrees Celsius. Due to the year-round sub-tropical climate and volcanic soil, the islands are covered in lush, green vegetation and vibrant flowers.

Each island has its own unique cultural heritage, but they all share unspoilt nature and a traditional way of life. Travel between each island is easy, with regular short flights and ferry journeys connecting nearby neighbours. Car hire is available everywhere and roads are open, traffic-free and boast spectacular countryside or ocean views, making an island-hopping fly-drive holiday the perfect way to explore three or more of the islands.

Discover Sao Miguel, the ‘green island’, its landscape packed with volcanic lakes, rugged coastlines and steaming thermal hot springs; Terciera with its UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic city, Angra do Heroismo; or Santa Maria, the most temperate island and Christopher Columbus’ first stop on his voyage back from discovering the New World.

The Azores sit on the migration route of many species of cetacean, making it one of the best places in the world for whale watching. For the best opportunity to see humpback or blue whales, visit between February and April when they are migrating through the islands. Between May and August, the countryside comes alive with colour, as the famous hydrangeas bloom in bold pinks and blues.

Holiday Types


Fly-Drives
Fly-Drives
Great for independent travellers, hire a car on our fly-drive holidays and explore at your own pace.
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Group Tours
Join a small group of like-minded travellers and travel on a fully-guided group tour.
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Short Breaks
Our top trips to experience a destination, even if you don't have a few weeks to spare.
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Sao Miguel
Top Destination
Sao Miguel
Most adventures in the Azores begin on Sao Miguel, home to both the international airport and also some of the most extraordinary landscapes and natural environments of the archipelago.
Terciera
Top Destination
Terciera
Terceira is part of the Central Group of Azores islands, home to a patchwork countryside of walled-off fields and vineyards, lovely little villages and a rugged volcanic centre. Angrado Heroismo is a beautiful town, home to historic cobbled streets and grand townhouses. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a great view of Monte Brasil, a once prosperous trading centre, across the harbour.
Pico
Top Destination
Pico
Otherwise known as the 'black island', this island is dominated by its volcano (snow-capped in winter), Mount Pico, which stands at over 2300 metres and is the highest point in Portugal.
Sete Cidades
Top Destination
Sete Cidades
The highlight of any trip to Sao Miguel is to stand on the banks of Sete Cidades. These are the biggest pair of volcanic crater lakes in the Azores, although it’s their colour rather than their size that brings in BBC film crews. Separated by a thin slice of land, one lake is a glowing turquoise green while the other is a deep blue.
Flores
Top Destination
Flores
The 'island of flowers', Flores, is one of the most beautiful islands in the Azores, home to iconic basalt columns at Rocha dos Bordoes and astounding views over lakes and rugged valleys from Morro Alt, the highest point on the island at 914 metres.
Furnas
Emma Brown's Recommendation
Furnas
Set your sights on the spa town of Furnas, one of the largest thermal water sources in the world, and marvel at its awe-inspiring lake bordered by bright pink azalea. Home to a thirty-acre botanical garden, it boasts fresh, sweet scents from an abundance of flora and fauna.

Popular Destinations in Azores

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   Sao Miguel
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   Terciera
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   Pico
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   Sete Cidades
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   Flores



Specialist Recommendations

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   Furnas


Regent Azores Specialist


Laura Dickinson
Without wild seasonal changes in weather, it can be hard to pick a 'best time' to visit, so planning your trip depends on your interests! Much like their balmy annual temperatures, the whale-watching opportunities in the Azores are excellent year-round, but travel between February and April to catch a glimpse of the humpback or blue whales which migrate through the area. The famous hydrangeas which drench the countryside in colour bloom between May and September, and are most prolific on the islands of Faial and Flores.

Laura's Tips
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Take a dip in the thermal pool at Terra Nostra on Sao Miguel; the warm, brown water is charged with essential minerals.
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Try Cozido das Furnas, a Portuguese dish cooked in the ground by volcanic steam for around six hours.
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For a romantic break head to Santa Barbra Resort, an eco-resort with cosy villas overlooking the sea, and a private beach.




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