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An Atlantic archipelago, the Azores have historically been a relatively unexplored region of Portugal and remain unknown to many tourists. While travelers have become increasingly aware of their incredible landscapes and nutrient-rich coastal waters, the Azores remain unspoiled. Take a whale-watching tour to see sperm whales and pods of bottlenose dolphins gliding through the water, go diving in warm waters or hike up Portugal’s highest mountain.
The capital of the islands, Ponta Delgada, sits on the island of São Miguel amid volcanic terrain and near scenic lakes such as Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde.
Continue your journey in Terceira Island, home to the oldest city of the region, Angra do Heroismo. This lovely city contains a sheltered harbor and offers incredible views of Monte Brasil.
It’s almost imperative that divers take advantage of the stunning marine experience awaiting in the waters surrounding the islands. All islands except for Corvo have dive centers. Journey to the depths of the ocean to come face-to-face with moray eels, loggerhead turtles and lobsters.
Strap on your hiking boots and head to the island to climb Portugal’s largest mountain, Mount Pico. It takes about 3 hours from the base to the top. Wander around Pico to discover its enchanting vineyards enclosed by stone walls.
Try the sport of canyoning in São Miguel, Santa Maria, São Jorge or Flores. Waterfalls run off into ravines, providing the perfect opportunity to test out your skills. Mountain biking is also a popular activity across the islands.
International flights arrive into Ponta Delgada, the capital of São Miguel Island. One of the fastest ways to continue your journey around the other islands is to book a domestic flight. A boat system also connects each island, but check ahead for route times to plan your daily schedule. For hassle-free transportation, rent a motorcycle and whiz around the winding roads.
Nature lovers looking to get active amid scenic surrounds will find fewer places more fitting than the Azores.
A: If you'd love to explore the region of Ribeira Grande, renting a car is a terrific idea. You'll have the flexibility and freedom to go wherever you want at your own pace. With our useful guide to Cheap Car Hire in Azores, you'll be tearing down the highway in next to no time. If your vacation's more about experiencing the well-known cities of Rabo de Peixe or Lajes das Flores, public transportation (or ride-share services) is the perfect way to go.
A: While there are a few possibilities, you'll most likely disembark at one of these main international terminals in Azores:
A: Azores is bursting with incredible accommodations. Hotels are a reliable choice. Apartments, guest houses and country houses offer great alternatives.
A: Convenient flights, nice hotels and a car to hit the streets in — and that's not all. We also have a wonderful selection of experiences and activities. Check out what's on offer and start creating your perfect getaway.
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I could not have loved this place more. It has a cliff walk right out front. The sea views from the rooms are amazing. The property is separate and a little away from town, which I really liked and made it very easy to park. Food was good. Plentiful breakfast. The bed was like my bed at home, which ...
The location, staff, hotel and breakfast buffet were all excellent and easy access to towns and restaurants.
The hotel is central located. Walking distance to restaurants, attraction. Price include breakfast buffet which is not bad. Unit is clean, large and some units come with a balcony and harbour view. Staff is friendly. The hotel does not have its own parking but there is a public parking just across ...
Large window across one end of the room was great with a balcony looking over the harbor. The spacious closet and large amount of shelving was very helpful. Was not crazy about the black glass walls and halogen lights in the bathroom which made the room very difficult to see at night, and the lights ...
An oasis in the middle of no where It’s proximity to the botanical garden couldn’t have been better The staff was extraordinary in every way possible
Above and beyond customer service. Extremely attentive, quick to respond. I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone who plans to visit Ponta Delgada. The included breakfast had a wide variety of hot and cold food. Dinner at the restaurant was great too. It has a nice view to the ocean. The ...