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The Azores Holidays
The allure of the Azores
Escape to the secret islands of the Azores
A haven of nine volcanic islands located in the north Atlantic, this exclusive archipelago offers a subtropical climate, unspoilt landscapes and historic treasures. Begin planning your Azores holiday to experience the wonders that await.
Rediscover Portugal’s natural beauty with our direct flights to the Azores. This is one of the first archipelago in the world certified as a sustainable destination – and is committed to protecting the island’s wildlife and resources.
The Azores are must-see islands waiting to be discovered. There is a plethora of attractions for the intrepid explorer, as well as for those looking for a more sedate escape. The charming city of Ponta Delgada is ideal for art enthusiasts, where you’ll find ornate churches, 16th Century fortress and impressive 18th century city gates. If you’re seeking the thrill of adventure hike at Lagoa de Fogo, ‘Lake of Fire’ – a nature reserve packed with endemic species and rich vegetation. But if you’d rather sit back and relax, head to Gorreana, Europe’s only tea plantation. Here you can sip tea and take in the lush landscape.
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Make the most of your Azores holiday
The Azores is brimming with beauty and island adventures, with its wealth of cultural diversity. São Miguel is swathed in emerald forests as well as volcanic remnants. Terceira is slightly smaller, but makes up for it with its countless festivals.
Where is the best place to stay in the Azores?
São Miguel is part of the eastern group of the Azores and is the largest of the nine archipelago islands. It is surrounded by lush vegetation, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking mountains, waterfalls and volcanic landscapes. Its capital, Ponta Delgada, displays an eclectic mix of the island’s past that has subtly merged with contemporary life. The ancient city gates welcome you to white-washed houses, ornate churches, forts and an array of delightful shops and restaurants. Visiting the old town, Praca de Gonalo Velho, is a must, with its famous 16th Century baroque church of St Sebastian, which has the tallest clock tower in Ponta Delgada.
Terceira, otherwise known as the 'purple island' due to the flourishing lilac hydrangeas growing all over the island, is the third largest of the archipelago islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is recognised for its forests, greenery and vivid houses. The island offers an array of incredible hikes, with the best view found at Monte Brasil, an extinct volcano with breathtaking viewpoints across the historic city of Angra do Heroismo. Discover the old colonial city of Angra with its baroque architecture, shops, galleries and restaurants, which serve up mouthwatering Portuguese delights. The most popular being the Cake Dona Amelia, a delicate pastry filled with custard, raisins and cider.
What are the best things to do in São Miguel?
- Visit Terra Nostra Park, botanical gardens and thermal pools. Make sure you don’t wear your best swimsuit though, as the orange mineral water does not wash out.
- Sip tea at Gorreana, Sao Miguel’s famous tea estate.
- Take a trip to Furna, to explore the vivacious volcanic mud pools and geothermal springs.
- Explore the ancient capital, Ponta Delgado, and sample traditional Portuguese delicacies at local market stalls.
- Spend a day at Vila Franca Islet, a small circular bay with calm waters – ideal for swimming with children, or take a boat trip whale watching.
What is the Algarve famous for?
The Algarve is famous for its warm climate, lush scenery and pristine golf courses. Many of these overlook the glorious Mediterranean coastline. For a sweet treat and true taste of the Algarve, make sure you don’t leave without sampling an authentic Portuguese custard tart. These flaky golden pastries are brimming with luscious custard that will leave you wanting more.
Find a holiday that's the perfect match
The Azores is a feast for the eyes and senses. Whether you're staying in the heart of Ponta Delgada or further afield on Terceira Island, there are an array of options to suit every need.
Pestana Bahia Praia Nature & Beach Resort is an excellent retreat to suit the whole family – with a separate kids' pool, games room and reading room, plus rollaway beds available for larger families. The hotel also has a number of interconnecting rooms to keep all the family together, which feature beautiful sea views.
Situated in Angra, nestled amongst the grand Monte Brasil and the Atlantic Ocean, sits the Terceira Mar Hotel. This hotel is part of The Bensaude Hotels Collection (sister hotel to Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, in Sao Miguel). The Terceira Mar Hotel prides itself on providing an eco-friendly, sustainable service and has been awarded the Travelife Gold certification. Choose a Family Ocean View room that can accommodate up to three guests.
Just a short stroll from Praia da Vitoroia promenade on Terceira stands the Atlântida Mar Hotel. This beach hotel has a bright and modern design with magnificent views across the Atlantic and the longest beach in the Azores.
If you’re an avid surfer, Santa Bárbara Eco Beach Resort is the ideal hotel for you. Located in the town of Ribera Quente, nestled amongst cliffs and above a bay of underwater springs, which offers a perfect temperature for swimming. The vivid blue waters are a striking vision against the laver ash sands of São Miguel’s coastline.
Azor Hotel is for the intrepid adventurer who is looking for excitement in São Miguel. There is an expert trip manager on hand for those keen to delve outdoors on adventure days with activities and local experiences – such as hiking down a volcano or quad biking across a ravine. This hotel also offers sea view rooms, an outdoor pool, lobby market and casino.
Praia Marina is a beachfront hotel, overlooking the secluded Baia da Vila Maria and Monte Brasil volcano in Terceira. The resort’s excellent central location is within easy reach of Angra’s historic main square and seaside town, Praia da Vitoria Marina. You can leave your car behind and get active whilst enjoying all this island has to offer.
Antillia Hotel is located in the heart of Ponta Delgada. It is a superb choice for those on a budget – with its 92 comfortable and contemporary rooms and apartments which have a kitchenette facility. The hotel is ideal for a long weekend getaway and its central location means it is a perfect base for visiting popular attractions such as Furnas, Nordeste and Ribeira Quente Beach.
Varandas do Atlantico is a small hotel situated in the centre of Praia da Vitoria in Terceira. It's within easy reach of local shops and has a great nightlife, with an array of restaurants and bars. Rooms have panoramic ocean views and are spacious and comfortable. The hotel is complete with a breakfast buffet bar which also functions as a meeting room that can not only be used as a working area, but is an ideal spot to read or enjoy a quiet drink with friends.