Holidays to Azores

You'll discover an unspoilt archipelago of lush green landscapes, azure seas and riotous colour on holiday to the Azores. View All Azores Holidays

Emma Brown
AzoresTravel Specialist

The nine islands that make up the Azores mark the westernmost boundary of Europe.

Just a 4-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°C. Due to the year-round sub-tropical climate and volcanic soil, the islands are covered in lush, green vegetation and vibrant flowers.


An Azores holiday to any of the islands in the archipelago invites you to 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.

Islands of the Azores

Discover São Miguel, the ‘green island’ with 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.

Pico, the 'black island' is dominated by its impressive mountain and known for its whaling history and excellent whale and dolphin spotting opportunities. A favourite island of our travel specialist Emma, Pico makes an excellent day trip from nearby Faial Island.

Santa Maria, the most temperate island and Christopher Columbus’ first stop on his voyage back from discovering the New World.

If you are not sure which Azores island to go on holiday to, why not call our travel specialists to discuss.

Whale Watching on an Azores Holiday

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 (although there are many other sights and sounds). 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 - Ideal for a romantic getaway.

Regent Azores Specialist

Andrea Godfrey

Andrea Godfrey
Azores Travel Specialist
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.

Andrea's Tips
Take a dip in the thermal pool at Terra Nostra on Sao Miguel; the warm, brown water is charged with essential minerals.
Try Cozido das Furnas, a Portuguese dish cooked in the ground by volcanic steam for around six hours.
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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