Travel Guide to The Azores, Portugal

Travel Guide to The Azores, Portugal

The Azores, Portugal

The Azores is an archipelago of islands located in the Atlantic ocean. They are an autonomous region of Portugal, but the area has it’s own customs and culture that remain unique from the mainland.

Horta, Azores, Portugal

Horta, Azores, Portugal

Mount Pico, The Azores, Portugal   (

Mount Pico, The Azores, Portugal (

Islands

The 9 islands of The Azores:

  • Corvo

  • Faial

  • Flores

  • Graciosa

  • Pico

  • Sao Jorge

  • São Miguel

  • Santa Maria

  • Terceira

São Miguel, The Azores, Portugal

São Miguel, The Azores, Portugal

Main Cities

Ponta Delgada, The Azores, Portugal

Ponta Delgada, The Azores, Portugal

  • Angra do Heroísmo 

  • Horta 

  • Ponta Delgada

  • Ribeira Grande

  • Praia da Vitória

  • Nordeste

Grand Cliffs, São Jorge Azores, Portugal

Grand Cliffs, São Jorge Azores, Portugal

Geography

The Azores islands are all volcanic in origin, although some, have no recorded activity. Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest mountain in all of Portugal and it is 2,351 m (7,713 ft) tall. If measured from the bottom of the ocean to the top, the Azores are some of the tallest peaks on the planet.

Caldeirão Do Corvo, Azores, Portugal

Caldeirão Do Corvo, Azores, Portugal

Climate

The climate of the Azores is very mild and comfortable year round and is kept warm by the Maritime Gulf Stream. Temperatures normally stay between 16 °C (61 °F) and 25 °C (77 °F) depending on season. Temperatures never climb above 30 °C (86 °F) or below 3 °C (37 °F) other then on tops of mountains. It is also generally a very wet and cloudy place contributing to the very green environment .

Getting Around Azores

Santa Cruz Da Graciosa , Azores, Portugal

Santa Cruz Da Graciosa , Azores, Portugal

While visiting the Azores a smart option is to rent a car, which will give you the freedom to see all the islands have to offer. There are also bus services that can take you around the islands.

Being volcanic islands, the terrain is generally steep and rugged. Many of the roads wind around very steep mountainous terrain. Cycling around the Azores is a great way to get up close and personal with the islands as well as stay in shape, if you don’t mind a lot of hill climbing.

Most towns in the Azores are located on the shore and most have accessible ports. One of the best sailing ports in the world is Horta, located on Faial Island. Many marinas and ports makes boat travel between islands and cities fairly easy.

Vila Do Corvo, Azores, Portugal

Vila Do Corvo, Azores, Portugal

Serra De Cume, Azores, Portugal

Serra De Cume, Azores, Portugal

A traditional windmill in Madalena, Azores

A traditional windmill in Madalena, Azores

Language

The official language in The Azores is Portuguese. On most of the islands, the Portuguese is similar to an archaic form of Portuguese dating back to when the islands were discovered, though each island has its own distinct accent. On the island of Sao Miguel many individuals have what is called a "Micaelense" dialect very different then mainland Portugal. Even people from Mainland Portugal and the other islands can’t understand them at first. If your on holidays in The Azores, most people involved with tourism speak English and can communicate with vistors.

Pico, Azores, Portugal

Pico, Azores, Portugal

Things to do in Azores

Village of Maia, Azores, Portugal

Village of Maia, Azores, Portugal

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching. Pretty much every Marina offers guided whale watching tours and they can usually get you within ten yards of the whale.

  • Velvet Adventure Sailing. Sailboat rentals allow for sailing between each island and enjoying what each one of them has to offer. The boats will moor in incredibly beautiful sheltered marinas or anchor in breathtaking secluded bays.

  • Angra is must see historical UNESCO heritage city located on Terceira island.

  • Off-road mountain bike circuits

  • Moto 4 Rides

  • Bird Watching

  • Donkey Rides

  • Fishing

  • Sport Fishing

  • Diving. On the Azores you can swim with one of the fastest fish in the world, the blue shark. In late summer months, Blue sharks come to this archipelago as part of their migration through the North Atlantic.

  • Ferry

  • Yachting

  • Hiking

  • Rental Bike, riding bikes is a great way to get to know the islands on a more personal level.

  • Guided Tours

  • Volcano Climbing at Pico island

  • Canyoning at São Jorge [8]

  • Azores Surf Center, Ribeira Grande, Açores, located on the island of São Miguel. The Azores Surf Center provides surf lessons, surf equipment rental and accommodations.

Horta, Azores, Portugal

Horta, Azores, Portugal

Attractions

Lagoa das Furnas , Azores, Portugal


Lagoa das Furnas, Azores, Portugal

Lagoa das Sete Cidades is a beautiful green and blue body of water known as a caldera northwest of Ponta Delgada. It comes with stories of myths and legends and is one of the more famous scenic locations of the Azores.

Lagoa das Furnas is an active caldera volcano with steam vents, mud pots and geysers and has popular earth ovens where locals cook food and can enjoy the picnic areas.

Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) is an amazing caldera lake located high up in the mountains and is known for panoramic views and incredible white sand beach.

Miradouro da Baleia, Azores, Portugal

Miradouro da Baleia, Azores, Portugal

Pico Island is where you can climb the tallest mountain in all of Portugal. It is Ideal to climb the mountain in the afternoon so you can witness the amazing sunsets available at the top. It takes around 2 to 3 hours to climb up to the peak. In the morning you can see the sunrise if you climb Pico Pequenino (Little Pico). From there you will be able to see the islands of Faial and São Jorge.

Terceira Island is where you can visit UNESCO's Angra do Heroismo, a historic XVIII century vibrant city with lots of local shops, cafes and bars. Terceira has many celebrations throughout the year including the famous "Tourada à corda" where bulls are set free in the streets. Watch people dodge bulls from a "Tasca Tradicional" (a van with a bar) and have a bifana (hot meat sandwich) and a cold beer. Praia da Vitória is the second largest city in the island and has a gorgeous sandy bay, where many watersports are enjoyed.

Água de Alto, Azores, Portugal

Água de Alto, Azores, Portugal

Eat and Drink in Azores

Fresh fish is very popular in Azores and is very good. There is also of cows on the islands and local grass fed beef is very common. Sao Jorge is famous for its cheese and is a popular must try food. Also fresh pineapple grown on the islands is another must try food.

Sagres and Super Bock are some of the best Portuguese beer on the islands. Especial is the local Azorian beer and is very tasty..

Mount Pico, Azores, Portugal

Mount Pico, Azores, Portugal

Safety of Azores

All in all Azores remains a very safe place to travel and has next to nothing in terms of crime and attacks on tourists is unheard of.


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