Nicknamed “the Hawaii of Europe” (although we feel it has more New Zealand vibes!) the Azores are a stunning archipelago of nine Portuguese islands in the Atlantic, off the north coast of Africa. Their natural beauty and dramatic features provide the ideal terrain for unique activities, from swimming with dolphins and kayaking in volcano craters to cooking your dinner slowly underground and soaking in a thermal spring.
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Our trip to the Azores is the children’s favourite holiday to date. We packed so much into a week from swimming with Dolphins, climbing a Volcano to sitting in thermal springs. Abi’s team guided us through the planning stages while their partners in the Azores delivered a friendly, personal service and ensured everything worked seamlessly. It was just so easy.
Perrin Family, The Azores
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Where to Go in Azores
The Azores are ideal for an action-packed family trip – without the need for a long-haul flight. Both grown-ups and children will fall in love with the archipelago’s offerings, whether that’s exploring its beaches by horseback, mountain biking past secret caverns or peering up at majestic waterfalls.
Sao Miguel is the largest island, home to impressive geographical features such as the stunning Sete Cidades and Fogo Lagoons. Meanwhile, inland on the eastern side of the island, you can find hot thermal waters and volcanic lakes.
If you have time to venture further afield, we recommend including the delightful island of Faial, where yachtsmen from all over the world congregate on their adventures. Nearby, Pico is characterised by its soaring, central mountain that gives way to vineyards planted in black lava fields – so unique, they have gained World Heritage status.
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When to go
Whilst the islands are mild year-round, the best time to visit is the summer months (June-August). This is when conditions are best for whale and dolphin watching as the sea is calmer and is better for hiking and biking as rainfall is limited. The average temperature in summer is 22°C.
Flights: British Airways flights to Sao Miguel depart from London Heathrow weekly on Saturday during the summer months June-August. Ryan Air also operate a weekly service from London Stansted on a Monday.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 220 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal
Time Zone: GMT-1
Capital City: Ponta Delgada