A hidden gem with untouched nature off the coast of Portugal
Surrounded by the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic born archipelago of the Azores sits pristine, begging for exploration. Trips to the largest island of the 9, Ilha de São Miguel nicknamed “The Green Island” or “Ilha Verde” are perfect for smaller groups looking for endless outdoor adventure. The island is beautiful and lush, with volcanic peaks, balconied palaces, azure lakes, and calderas. A truly unique landscape and culture with jaw-dropping scenery at every turn. Kayak on the twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades to the northwest, one green and one blue. Or head east to Furnas Valley with its fumaroles (volcanic openings in the earth’s surface emitting steam and volcanic gasses) and take a dip in the natural hot springs.
Walking, hiking, swimming, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, exploring are very much on the agenda with a trip to the Azores. But we have some special activities that we know you’ll love…
This archipelago is one of the greatest sites in the world to see whales and dolphins up close, with reported sightings on 99 per cent of whale watching cruises to sea.
Kayak on the twin lakes of Sete Cideades, one blue and one green. Both volcanic calderas (large cauldron-like craters formed shortly after the emptying of a magma chamber in a volcanic eruption).
Discover the hissing volcanic fumarole openings in the village of Furnas. Peer over the edge of the volcanic fumaroles along wooden walkways and take part in a local tradition of cooking some authentic ‘Cozido’. A meat and vegetable medley stew slowly steamed under the surface by volcanic soil.
Because of their volcanic origins, The Azores are a thermal paradise, with steaming, iron-rich pools buried among lush green flora and tropical trees. You can find a natural ocean pool heated by a volcanic vent and chilled by the Atlantic’s ebbing tides.
Grab a protective helmet and delve into the volcanic caves of Gruta do Carvão, an ancient lava tube on the outskirts of Ponta Delgada. Well lit and full of geological detail, see first hand the power of volcanoes and the wonders they leave behind.
Ribeira dos Caldeires Natural Park is a canyoning paradise with towering waterfalls, natural ponds, and lush green surroundings. Wander through the park, abseil from as high as 30 feet, jump and swim in clear streams whilst surrounded by beautiful forests.
Explore the capital of the Azores, Ponta Delgada. Once a modest fishing village whose fisherman took shelter in its safe coves soon became the main port of São Miguel. Enjoy a city tour, swimming, Parque Atlantico Shopping Centre with designer shopping outlets, food courts and cinemas.
Take a quick visit or guided tour to the oldest and currently only tea plantation in Europe. Prepare and taste some Island tea on your way to the Gorreana Tea Plantation. Built in 1883 after a mid-19th century blight forced the island to diversify from its usual orange production.
How your adventure is mapped out day to day…
Example prices based on a minimum of 30 passengers departing July 2023. Contact us for a bespoke quote for alternative group sizes and dates.
Modern, recently refurbished, referred to as the 1st hotel in the Azores, on an old orange plantation, typical Azorean architecture brought into the 21st century.
São Miguel Park Hotel is located near the centre of Ponta Delgad with ensuite facilities, warm decor, and a cozy ambience.
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