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DISCOVER THE NINE ISLANDS OF THE AZORES
and the variety of supply that the Archipelago can offer you. Travel around the Islands of the Azores
The Azores are a true paradise for those who love nature; the fantastic shapes of the lakes, the superb views over the ocean, the deep craters of dormant volcanoes, the hot springs, the intact landscape, the bucolic harmony, the serenity of silence… Surrounded by the blue of the sea and wrapped around a splendid green mantle, the Azores represent an unforgettable experience during any time of the year, one that stands out among Tourism in Portugal.
The Azores and the Sea
The nine islands of the Azores lie in the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately in the SE/NW direction. There are, on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira and Faial, marinas that attract international cruises. Nevertheless, all the other islands of the Azores have small harbours, so every island can be reached by boat.
The islands’ extremely jagged coasts are a truly imposing natural exhibit. Some islands even have marine caves that really are worth visiting. Hence, a boat tour will always be a surprising experience. And remember that many companies, using sail or motor boats, provide visitors with an unusual perspective of the Azores islands, surrounded by the intense blue of the ocean.
The Azores and the Land
It does not take much time and space to enjoy unique landscapes and breathtaking views or even to get to know the rich and diversified traditional heritage of the Azores. But if you would like to enjoy closer contact with the unspoiled Azorean nature and the unique feeling of discovering hidden and magical places, there are specially-recommended walking trails, with all the information and features of each one of them at your disposal.
On Terceira Island, some cultural walking trails are also organised, both in Angra do Heroísmo, which is a World Heritage site, and in Praia da Vitória; these trails allow a meeting with the history of this Azorean island, its monuments and its people. Besides, equestrian centres also allow visitors to discover the Azorean landscape and trails in a new, exciting way. Horseback ride in the Azores can indeed be an unforgettable experience.
The Azores and the Air
Would you like to see the islands from high above? Well, you can. On Terceira Island there is a company that provides this unusual experience, offering dreamy views over Terceira Island. Departures take place at the Lajes Airport. Given the proximity of Terceira to the other islands of the Central Group, this trip also allows an impressive view over them, providing a clear idea of what an archipelago really is. Paragliding and ultra-lighting are also gradually becoming common activities in the Azores.
Volcanism and Speleology
The volcanic origin of the Azores Islands, located in the junction of the Eurasian, American and African tectonic plates, created a series of important and exciting phenomena for those who are interested in volcanism and speleology. In truth, these phenomena represent a unique and impressive sight for everyone.
Beautiful lakes inside craters are a symbol of the Azores, but visitors also have the possibility of watching other phenomena from up close: caves, hot springs, fumaroles, solidified lava (locally called mistérios [mysteries]), as well as the impressive vestiges of the eruption of the Capelinhos Volcano. But the most pleasant aspect of some of these underground activities is yet to come; it is possible to take a bath in hot springs while waterfalls give you a wonderful back massage, and even to discover hot water flows while bathing in the ocean… These are some must-dos for those spending their holidays in the Azores.
Countless yachts from all over the world make the marinas of Horta, Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitória their port of call before leaving to other Azorean islands or before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Many high-sea fishing records have been registered in the Azores. Tuna, several shark species, needlefish, Atlantic bonito, Almaco Jack, barracuda, Gilthead seabream and red porgy are among the most captured species.
As far as rock fishing is concerned, the abundance of species is impressive: conger eel, drumfish, mackerel, Mediterranean moray, white seabream, white trevally, etc. And each island offers excellent fishing spots!
Besides, diving, surfing and sailing are also very popular in the Archipelago of the Azores.
Extreme sports lovers will find great spots on every island of the Azores, with good weather conditions and unique settings to practise their favourite sport. Also, the tourist supply is increasingly richer and diversified in this sector, as an increasing number of companies is providing various extreme experiences.
Nightlife in the Azores
The Azores islands are naturally peaceful and calm, just as their landscape. Nevertheless, in the Azorean cities there are theatres, cinemas, pubs, cafés, outdoor cafés, Fado houses, among other places that create a lively nightlife. For the most energetic, we suggest the nightclubs that exist on every island of the Azores.
In addition, during springtime and throughout the summer, there are countless outdoor music festivals, concerts, dances and shows, both in the cities and on the beaches and lakes.