The Azores, an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, offer a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences. From whale watching to natural pools, the Azores offer a pristine and unspoiled natural environment, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Here are our three favorite islands to visit in the Azores:
Also known as the “green island” it is the largest island in the Azores. Offering a city life that the other islands do not have, São Miguel also offers serene landscapes and experiences. It is famous for its blue/green lagoons and waterfall spring.
This is one of the most remote islands in the Azores. We suggest some hiking here, where you will see waterfalls and even swim under one. The entire island is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Famous for whale watching, Pico has a whaler’s museum and a marina where you can learn about the history of whale hunting in the area. Perhaps you will book a dolphin or whale tour and spot some of the most beautiful animals on the earth. Notably, Pico also has the “Pico Mount”, the highest point in all of Portugal. Only the intrepid and experienced hikers should attempt this hike.
Our Suggestions For Things To Do in the Azores
The Azores are one of the world’s best places for whale watching. Take a boat tour to see sperm whales, humpback whales, and dolphins in their natural habitat.
Hiking and Trekking
Explore the diverse landscapes of the Azores through hiking and trekking. Highlights include trails around SeteCidades, Lagoa do Fogo, and the volcanic crater of Pico Island.
Visit Furnas on São Miguel Island, known for its geothermal activity. See hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and enjoy a traditional Cozido das Furnas meal, cooked underground.
Hike to the summit of Pico Mountain, the highest peak in Portugal. The hike offers challenging terrain and rewarding views.
São Jorge Island
Explore São Jorge Island, famous for its unique Fajãs (coastal flatlands) and hiking trails along dramatic cliffs.
Gruta do Carvão
Explore Gruta do Carvão, one of the largest lava tubes in the world, on Terceira Island. Take a guided tour to discover its fascinating geology.
Natural Swimming Pools
Enjoy swimming in natural lava rock pools like the Poça da Dona Beija in Furnas or the Ponta da Ferraria on São Miguel.
Angra do Heroísmo
Visit the historic city of Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore its well-preserved architecture and squares.
Lagoa das SeteCidades
Admire the stunning blue and green lakes of Lagoa das SeteCidades on São Miguel Island, often referred to as the “Twin Lakes.”
The Azores are a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts. Spot diverse bird species in the islands’ natural reserves and wetlands.
Hot Springs and Thermal Baths
Relax in the thermal baths and natural hot springs scattered across the islands, such as the Terra Nostra Garden on São Miguel.
Fishing and Scuba Diving
Enjoy fishing and scuba diving in the clear waters surrounding the Azores, where you can see marine life, shipwrecks, and underwater caves.
Visit the CaldeiraVelha Natural Monument on São Miguel, where you can bathe in warm waterfall-fed pools amidst lush tropical surroundings.
São Miguel Food Tour
Savor Azorean cuisine, including Cozido das Furnas (a traditional stew), fresh seafood, and local cheeses.
Experience traditional Azorean festivals and celebrations that showcase the islands’ cultural heritage, such as the Holy Spirit Festivals
Contact us at SVP Tours, to help you plan your next adventure in the Azores! If you can dream it, we can make it happen!