Wild, rugged and remote, the Azores is one of Portugal’s most exciting destinations. The archipelago is marooned in the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of nine islands, each with its own unique appeal. You’ll love basking on deserted beaches, wandering around postcard-perfect fishing villages and getting lost in emerald-green tea plantations.
Things to do in Azores
São Miguel is the largest island in the archipelago and will enchant you with its lush landscapes and bubbling hot springs. Most trips start in Ponta Delgada, the archipelago’s colourful capital. Wander around the picturesque harbour, admire historic architecture and enjoy lunch at an al fresco cafe. Venture outside the city to discover Sete Cidades, a cobalt-blue lake nestled in a volcanic caldera. Tours of Gorreana Tea Plantation take you behind the scenes of one of the only tea plantations in Europe.
Pico is dominated by an impressive 2,351-metre-high mountain. A trail winds up to the summit and rewards hikers with sweeping views over the archipelago. Pico has been producing wine since the 15th century and is home to more than 800 hectares of heritage-listed vineyards. You’ll love exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site and sampling wines at local estates.
From whale-watching cruises to endemic birds, there are plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife in the Azores. The archipelago is home to more than 25 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises and local tour operators are passionate about conservation.
The Azores islands are a paradise for adventure seekers, with endless ways to enjoy the archipelago. You can canyon through valleys, rappel down waterfalls and canoe in volcanic lagoons. The coast of Terceira is a prime kayaking destination, while the green pastures of São Miguel are best explored on horseback. Paragliding over stunning Sete Cidades will get your pulse racing.
The Azores islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, 1,400 kilometres from Lisbon. João Paulo II Airport on São Miguel offers flights to all other islands in the archipelago, as well as Lisbon, Porto, Faro on the Portuguese mainland. Ferries are a fast and affordable way to travel between the islands. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore individual islands at your own pace.