The Magical
Azores Archipelago

The Azores
The Perfect Destination

Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe and it is considered one of the best travel destinations for outdoor adventures. The Azores are a good example, combining all different outdoor attractions. Mother Nature created nine islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – a hidden treasure on Earth.

The geography of the Azores Archipelago is divided into three groups:

Oriental Group: Santa Maria and São Miguel Islands.
Central Group: Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, Faial and Graciosa Islands.
Occidental Group: Flores and Corvo Islands

 

 

Weather in the Azores

We are located in a perfect area with a mild oceanic climate, offering temperatures around 13°C (55°F) in the wintertime and 24°C (75°F) in the summertime.
The water temperature is influenced by the Gulf stream. At the surface, the temperature can be between 15°C and 20°C in the wintertime and 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°C) in the summertime.
For the summer months, we recommend to bring light clothes and during winter and fall, it is essential to bring a raincoat.
If you were told that in we can have the 4 seasons in only 1 day in the Azores, it is completely true. Imagine that it is raining right now, if you look at the sky you can see a rainbow, but in a minute it will already be a beautiful sunny day.

 

Living in the Azores
Here, time slows down a bit, and it is not only because the clocks are one hour late (UTC/GMT -1 hour)! There are no big distances between places. Everything is nearby, as Azoreans say: “pertinho”.
Here, there is no stress, no traffic jam. You can smell nature, the endless ocean in a less polluted environment.
We can see the stars clearly and, during the summertime, shooting stars are making the show. All of that is part of the reasons why the Azores are in the TOP 100 of the more sustainable destinations in the whole world. We are proud to welcome our visitors. Azoreans are welcoming people, and not to mention our delicious food.
The majority of Azorean people speaks English. The Portuguese language is not a barrier for our people visiting this paradise. The Azorean migration to the US and Canada influenced the archipelago.

The volcanic origins of the islands have created mountains, valleys and volcanic rock formations that are covered in lush vegetation comprising many endemic plant species and bright flowers of all colours imaginable. These picturesque landscapes are further refined by captivating waterfalls, lakes inside ancient craters and thermal springs.

Most houses are traditional constructions that have been built from the volcanic rocks of which the islands themselves formed. Entire villages and the stone walls dividing the lands complement the surrounding landscapes. Local traditions continue to play an important role in the Azorean way of life, although you can feel the modern European character is also present. The Azoreans are down to earth people who are always happy to welcome visitors and show them their traditional ways of living.

Twice UNESCO has distinguished the uniqueness and authenticity of the archipelago. First, the historical centre of Angra do Heroísmo from the XV century which illustrates significant periods of human history and also the volcanic vineyards in Pico Island which are recognised for their peculiar method of cultivation.

Due to its well-preserved and diverse natural beauty, the Azores archipelago has become a renowned destination for whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving, geotourism, hiking and bird watching. It is the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers and ecotourism!

RESOURCES
USEFUL INFORMATION 

In São Miguel island, it is possible to visit the best places without concern, thanks to our incredible experiences including transportation. You won’t need a car, as we also take care of the pick up and drop off to your hotel in Ponta Delgada. See our experiences combining sea and land activities.

The Best Season to Travel To the Azores

From March to October we have milder weather which makes it possible for all who wants to enjoy both land and sea experiences. If you are also interested in hiking tours and other activities with us, check our other website.

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Weather in The Azores

The good weather is just 5 minutes away here. We can have all the 4 seasons in just one day. Also, the weather is very special here because of the micro-climate present in the islands. We recommend our costumers to bring a jacket even during summertime. 

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Top Things To Do

For the perfect holidays, join us on a whale watching trip year-round and if you want to add a little more fun to this adventure, from June to September, go to Vila Franca do Campo Islet, a natural pool inside a crater in the middle of the ocean! Discover our ultimate combo tours.

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GETTING HERE

GETTING HERE

You can fly here directly from Lisbon or Porto. São Miguel Island is just 2 hours away from Portugal the Mainland and 4 hours away from the USA.

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MARINE SPECIES

MARINE SPECIES

A lot of marine animals chose the Azores to live. Know more about the Azores resident species.

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AZORES HISTORY

AZORES HISTORY

Until 1987, the Azores was known for its whaling traditions. Since then, ocean sustainability has been a huge concern for us. In the last years we have identified more than three thousand sperm whales and over 500 blue whales in Azores.

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World Class
TRAVEL DESTINATION

The Azores are one of the top 10 most sustainable travel destinations in the world and the best destination in Atlantic by the 2018 Green Destinations. UNESCO also has already classified the archipelago for its authenticity.

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