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In brief

  • beautiful landscapes of evergreen mountains, volcanic craters and caves
  • the capital of Terceira - Angra do Heroismo is UNESCO-listed
  • excellent local wine from Biscoitos
  • charming towns with colonial architecture
  • an ideal spot for active relaxation: many trekking and bike routes

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The familiar sounding name Azores probably comes from the Portuguese Açor - hawk or Azures - blue colour. In 2007, National Geographic recognised the Azores archipelago as one of the most attractive tourist regions in the world. The archipelago lies on the Atlantic Ocean, approx. 1500 km from Portugal, to which it belongs. The islands were discovered by Portuguese sailors in the 15th century on the way to the New World. The archipelago is divided into three groups: the eastern islands of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, central to which Terceira, Sao Jorge, Graziosa, Pico and Faial belong, and the western part with Flores and Corvo. Due to the Gulf stream the islands have a mild climate, which causes that it is green all year round. Black vertical cliffs, the blue of the Ocean, vast craters of ancient volcanoes with transparent lakes form a unique scenery, striking with natural beauty. It is particularly worth going the Azores in the spring and summer. In the spring you can admire the flowering azaleas, for which Furnas in Sao Miguel is famous. In the early summer all over the archipelago you can admire the blooming hydrangeas, exceptionally spectacular on Flores island, which name derives from the flowers.
Sao Miguel, the largest island of the archipelago, has a length of 65 km and a width of 16 km. This is the most commonly chosen island by tourists, due to the extremely rich vegetation it is called "Green Island". Sao Miguel can be recommend to all enthusiasts of nature, as well as to amateurs of active relaxation. In its south-west part lies the capital and the largest port of the island, Ponta Delgada. This charming town has maintained its past beauty, it has winding streets ideal for evening walks, life revolves around 5 Outubro square, and in the summer concerts and festivals take place here. Due ot its location, Ponta Delgada is also an ideal getaway base for exploring the island. In the north there is the town of Ribeira Grande, known for its very fertile areas: even tea is grown here! The dark shingle beach is distinguished by the Blue Flag certificate and is known among windsurfers. Nearby is Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of Sao Miguel, with crops of pineapples, bananas, oranges and grapes. The surroundings of Furnas are known for geothermal phenomena. You can admire the hot, sulfuric springs. In some places the earth is so hot that it can be used to prepare the regional dish cozido, which is cooked for a few hours in a pot buried in the ground. By the sea in Ilheu da Villa there is a natural swimming pool, distinguished by the Blue Flag.

Attractions in the region

ANGRA DO HEROISMO (Terceira)

The capital of the third largest island of the archipelago - Terceira. In 1983 entered onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. The narrow streets with preserved historical architecture are a great place for strolls. The enormous walls of the fortress, which served as defense against invaders, take you back to the atmosphere of the 16th and 17th century. It is worth visiting Se Cathedral, which construction began in 1570, today it is considered to be the largest temple in Archipelago of the Azores.

MONTE BRASIL RESERVE (Terceira)

The green hill of Monte Brasil, which is 250 m above sea level is a crater from the extinct volcano. The hill is surrounded by two natural bays - Fanal and Angra, and a defense wall stretches for 4 kilometers around it. From the top there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the coast and the capital of the island of Terceira - Angra do Heroismo. Here you can enjoy wonderful views of the island's green hills and cliffs that descend to the ocean.

PRAIA DA VITORIA (Terceira)

An intimate town with a historic town hall in the city centre. It is worth taking a walk to Facho Belvedere, from where you can admire the panoramic view of the city and the green hills of Terceira. There is a sandy beach here and a modern marina, as well as numerous souvenir shops. When in Praia da Vitoria you must taste the local cuisine, which features a variety of aromas and flavours. Numerous local restaurants and cafes offer fried fish and the most famous specialty of the island - cream with honey and cinnamon and raisins and cider.

TEA PLANTATIONS (Sao Miguel)

Sao MiguelIsland is the only place in Europe where tea crops are grown. Tea was brought to the archipelago at the end of the 19th century and two of its types have been produced here since then: black and green.

FURNAS VALLEY (Sao Miguel)

A green valley of volcanic origin with a lake of the same name. There are numerous hot springs and geysers here which are a testament to continuous volcanic activity. The traditional dish cozido is prepared here - a meat dish cooked underground over hot springs.

Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.

Visas: not required.

Flight duration: Warsaw – Ponta Delgada – approx. 5 h 50 min

Local time: GMT-1.

Language: Portuguese; communication in English also possible.

Capital of the island Sao Miguel: Ponta Delgada.

Voltage: 220 V.

Currency: euro (EUR).

Prices in the hotel and restaurant: lunch – from 12 EUR, drink - approx. 2 EUR, beer – approx. 2 EUR, wine - approx. 4 EUR

Transport: quite efficient and inexpensive (taxis, local buses).

Beaches: mostly rocky or shingle, some beaches with dark sand, free entry; on a few beaches with beach service (additionally payable).

The islands online: www.azores.com

Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility of cancelling a trip due to too few participants.

 

 

Temperatures chart

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The local trips are from SaoMiguel:

The Lake of Fire (Lagoa do Fogo) and Ribeira Grande - a drive through the capital - Ponta Delgada on the north-eastern part of the island of Sao Miguel. Scenic roads leading to the small town of Ribeira Grande cross farm areas of the island. Ribeira Grande is the oldest and largest city of the north coast. The route runs along mountain roads to the top of Pico da Barrosa mountain, where you can enjoy an amazing view of the Lake of Fire, one of the most beautiful on the island. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, you can see the western part of the island, where there are more than 100 small volcanoes. Before returning to the capital, a visit to a pineapple plantation. Half-day trip. Price - approx. 22 EUR, child 2-12 y.o. - 50% discount, child up to 2 y.o. - free of charge.

Jeep Tour - a Jeep tour around the island of Sao Miguel lets you enjoy unique landscapes. The unfrequented roads run between crystal-clear streams, tall mountains and gentle valleys. Green, flourishing hydrangeas and small towns cause you to loses track of time. Jeep Tour is a way to discover the beauty of nature, explore the kindness of the locals and experience a great adventure. Half-day trip. Price – approx. 56 EUR.

Observation of dolphins and whales – the location of the island in the north of the Ocean attracts up to 24 species of whales and several species of dolphin. The excursion is a chance to encounter these fascinating creatures. The crew of the Whale Observation Station will be happy to answer any questions about marine life and the rich history of whaling in the Azores. This Eco Adventure is designed for the active, tourists who like adventure, who can swim and would like to "touch nature". Duration: approx. 4 hours. Price - approx. 56 EUR.

Crater Lake Sete Cidades – the road to the lake runs through a very scenic village, rises up to the main crater of an extinct volcano, in some places reaches the height of 580 m above sea level. From the summit of the crater with a circumference of 12 km, you can admire two lakes: blue, reflecting the sky and light green, which is influenced by the colour of the vegetation that covers the walls of the crater. On the way back, a stopover at the famous Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens, where there are European and tropical specimens of trees. A visit to a pineapple plantation - explanation of the process of the cultivation of this fruit. Half-day trip. Price - approx. 22 EUR, child 2-12 y.o. - 50% discount, child up to 2 y.o. - free of charge.

Furnas Valley - a visit to a pineapple plantation and an explanation of the process of the cultivation of this fruit. Pineapple liqueur tasting. Transfer towards Ribeira Grande - the oldest city in the north of the island. Road through Santa Iria and a tea plantation to the top of Pico do Ferro, offering a magnificent view of Furnas Valley. A visit to Terra Nostra Park (subtropical flora). Lunch in the hotel. Then the opportunity to see one of the phenomena of the Azores - 23 hot mineral springs. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, drive through the picturesque town of Vila Franca do Campo, which was once the capital of the island. Day trip Price – approx. 58 EUR, children 2-12 y.o. - 50% discount, children under 2 y.o. - free.

 

Trips are organized from Terceira Island:

Praia da Vitoria and Biscoitos - day trip; depart towards the nature reserve Monte Brasil. Drive next to the main UNESCO-listed tourist attractions. Stop at Pico das Cruzinhas Belvedere where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding area. Then a visit to the oldest chapel in the Azores. Drive to the city Praia da Vitoria. A short stroll through the charming streets of the city. The tour ends with a visit to a local winery with wine tasting. Price – approx. 55 EUR.

Angra do Heroismo - half-day trip; stroll through the centre of Angra do Heroismo - the capital of Terceira Island, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. On the route: cathedral, city hall, museum. Stop at the marina with a magnificent view of the fortress of St John. Possibility of buying local handicrafts. During the trip there will be an opportunity to sample local delicacies. Price – approx. 13 EUR.

Bike tour - Biscoitos - level: medium, approx. 17 km, duration: approx. 4 h, on the route: fruit orchards, Laurel forests, pastures. The route runs through areas where a volcano erupted in 1761. Price – approx. 48 EUR.

Bike tour - coast - level: medium, on the route each participant will have the opportunity to admire the architecture of Porto Martins and feel the refreshing ocean breeze. While riding through the enchanted places of Terceira, you can feel the old colonial atmosphere of the island. Stop and opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of the ocean. Price – approx. 38 EUR.

Hiking tour - Biscoitos - level: medium, the route begins in the central part of the island and ends in Biscoitos. Amazing landscapes, a testimony to the rich folk culture and ocean in the background are the main advantages of the trip. Price – approx. 43 EUR.

Hiking tour - Pico Rachado - level: medium, on the trail you can enjoy the wonderful variety of landscapes, and a gorgeous view of Santa Barbara extends from the top of Pico Rachado. Possibility of visiting the cave Algar do Carvao - the only place in the world where you can see the inside of a volcano. Price – approx. 43 EUR.

Hiking tour - Rocha to Chambre - level: difficult; one of the most spectacular hiking trails in Terceira. A visit to the centre of the island delights with the magic of landscape and surprises with diversity. A stroll through the varied landscapes leads to the top of the island. Possibility of visiting the cave Algar do Carvao the only place in the world where you can see the inside of a volcano. Price – approx. 43 EUR.

Jeep Tour - a Jeep tour around Terceira Island lets you enjoy unique landscapes. Jeep Tour is a way to discover the beauty of nature, explore the kindness of the locals and experience a great adventure. During the trip lunch with a traditional meal available only on Terceira Island. Price – approx. 70 EUR.

Observing  whales - the location of the Island attracts as many as 24 species of whales. The excursion is a chance to encounter these fascinating creatures. This eco-adventure under the watchful eye of the captain and biologists is designed for active people, who like tourist adventures and who would like to touch nature. Price – approx. 43 EUR.

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

The local trips are from SaoMiguel:

The Lake of Fire (Lagoa do Fogo) and Ribeira Grande - a drive through the capital - Ponta Delgada on the north-eastern part of the island of Sao Miguel. Scenic roads leading to the small town of Ribeira Grande cross farm areas of the island. Ribeira Grande is the oldest and largest city of the north coast. The route runs along mountain roads to the top of Pico da Barrosa mountain, where you can enjoy an amazing view of the Lake of Fire, one of the most beautiful on the island. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, you can see the western part of the island, where there are more than 100 small volcanoes. Before returning to the capital, a visit to a pineapple plantation. Half-day trip. Price - approx. 22 EUR, child 2-12 y.o. - 50% discount, child up to 2 y.o. - free of charge.

Jeep Tour - a Jeep tour around the island of Sao Miguel lets you enjoy unique landscapes. The unfrequented roads run between crystal-clear streams, tall mountains and gentle valleys. Green, flourishing hydrangeas and small towns cause you to loses track of time. Jeep Tour is a way to discover the beauty of nature, explore the kindness of the locals and experience a great adventure. Half-day trip. Price – approx. 56 EUR.

Observation of dolphins and whales – the location of the island in the north of the Ocean attracts up to 24 species of whales and several species of dolphin. The excursion is a chance to encounter these fascinating creatures. The crew of the Whale Observation Station will be happy to answer any questions about marine life and the rich history of whaling in the Azores. This Eco Adventure is designed for the active, tourists who like adventure, who can swim and would like to "touch nature". Duration: approx. 4 hours. Price - approx. 56 EUR.

Crater Lake Sete Cidades – the road to the lake runs through a very scenic village, rises up to the main crater of an extinct volcano, in some places reaches the height of 580 m above sea level. From the summit of the crater with a circumference of 12 km, you can admire two lakes: blue, reflecting the sky and light green, which is influenced by the colour of the vegetation that covers the walls of the crater. On the way back, a stopover at the famous Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens, where there are European and tropical specimens of trees. A visit to a pineapple plantation - explanation of the process of the cultivation of this fruit. Half-day trip. Price - approx. 22 EUR, child 2-12 y.o. - 50% discount, child up to 2 y.o. - free of charge.

Furnas Valley - a visit to a pineapple plantation and an explanation of the process of the cultivation of this fruit. Pineapple liqueur tasting. Transfer towards Ribeira Grande - the oldest city in the north of the island. Road through Santa Iria and a tea plantation to the top of Pico do Ferro, offering a magnificent view of Furnas Valley. A visit to Terra Nostra Park (subtropical flora). Lunch in the hotel. Then the opportunity to see one of the phenomena of the Azores - 23 hot mineral springs. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, drive through the picturesque town of Vila Franca do Campo, which was once the capital of the island. Day trip Price – approx. 58 EUR, children 2-12 y.o. - 50% discount, children under 2 y.o. - free.

 

Trips are organized from Terceira Island:

Praia da Vitoria and Biscoitos - day trip; depart towards the nature reserve Monte Brasil. Drive next to the main UNESCO-listed tourist attractions. Stop at Pico das Cruzinhas Belvedere where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding area. Then a visit to the oldest chapel in the Azores. Drive to the city Praia da Vitoria. A short stroll through the charming streets of the city. The tour ends with a visit to a local winery with wine tasting. Price – approx. 55 EUR.

Angra do Heroismo - half-day trip; stroll through the centre of Angra do Heroismo - the capital of Terceira Island, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. On the route: cathedral, city hall, museum. Stop at the marina with a magnificent view of the fortress of St John. Possibility of buying local handicrafts. During the trip there will be an opportunity to sample local delicacies. Price – approx. 13 EUR.

Bike tour - Biscoitos - level: medium, approx. 17 km, duration: approx. 4 h, on the route: fruit orchards, Laurel forests, pastures. The route runs through areas where a volcano erupted in 1761. Price – approx. 48 EUR.

Bike tour - coast - level: medium, on the route each participant will have the opportunity to admire the architecture of Porto Martins and feel the refreshing ocean breeze. While riding through the enchanted places of Terceira, you can feel the old colonial atmosphere of the island. Stop and opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of the ocean. Price – approx. 38 EUR.

Hiking tour - Biscoitos - level: medium, the route begins in the central part of the island and ends in Biscoitos. Amazing landscapes, a testimony to the rich folk culture and ocean in the background are the main advantages of the trip. Price – approx. 43 EUR.

Hiking tour - Pico Rachado - level: medium, on the trail you can enjoy the wonderful variety of landscapes, and a gorgeous view of Santa Barbara extends from the top of Pico Rachado. Possibility of visiting the cave Algar do Carvao - the only place in the world where you can see the inside of a volcano. Price – approx. 43 EUR.

Hiking tour - Rocha to Chambre - level: difficult; one of the most spectacular hiking trails in Terceira. A visit to the centre of the island delights with the magic of landscape and surprises with diversity. A stroll through the varied landscapes leads to the top of the island. Possibility of visiting the cave Algar do Carvao the only place in the world where you can see the inside of a volcano. Price – approx. 43 EUR.

Jeep Tour - a Jeep tour around Terceira Island lets you enjoy unique landscapes. Jeep Tour is a way to discover the beauty of nature, explore the kindness of the locals and experience a great adventure. During the trip lunch with a traditional meal available only on Terceira Island. Price – approx. 70 EUR.

Observing  whales - the location of the Island attracts as many as 24 species of whales. The excursion is a chance to encounter these fascinating creatures. This eco-adventure under the watchful eye of the captain and biologists is designed for active people, who like tourist adventures and who would like to touch nature. Price – approx. 43 EUR.

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

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