Things to do in the Azores
There are plenty of things to do when you visit the Azores archipelago. With its numerous beaches, hilly terrain, diverse history and immense sea, there are plenty of activities and ways of keeping active during your holiday. Or if you are looking for a tranquil holiday you may do that too, as the Azores is known for its peaceful environment.
If you are a fan of outdoor activities, why not try hiking around some of the islands. There are several hikes you can do, such as the North Eastern coast of São Miguel that passes through small villages and forests, with beautiful views over the flower-covered hills. If you are feeling adventurous, take a walk up the Pico Mountain, the highest peak in Portugal that reaches an altitude of 2351 metres. You’ll get to see the rest of the archipelago and the numerous deep blue lakes that fill its craters. Also, for the keen hiker, there is the West Coast walk on the island of Flores, which takes you through grasslands and cobbled paths in constant ascents and descents.
You may also visit the islands on a bike tour. There are mountain paths, seaside routes and backcountry roads you may travel all in one trip. You’ll pass by fascinating areas of vast lands, visiting lake after lake and finding out the natural differences between them. For true bike lovers, there are whole week tours organised to explore several routes.
The Azores have been named one of the top 10 sites for whale watching. So why not hop aboard a small boat and navigate the seas until you are as far out to be able to see dolphins and whales? The whole journey is thrilling as the anticipation to see such rare animals grows the further you travel. These mammals are mostly seen during springtime, although it is also possible to see them during other seasons.
Snorkelling and diving are also other activities you can practise in the waters of the archipelago. Explore the caves and underwater flora, unique to this volcanic area. For those who are looking for adrenaline and active sports, surfing, body boarding, windsurfing, hang-gliding and paragliding may also be practised. Big game fishing is also an exhilarating sport and the Azores are known for being the ultimate destination for blue marlin fishing.
Yachting and sailing can also be practised. The marina at Horta on Faial has become a compulsory stop for anyone crossing the Atlantic on a yacht. Here you may rent a boat and venture out to sea, practising your skills or trying out a new sport.
Furthermore, there are 3 golf courses, two on São Miguel and one on Terceira. They each provide a different challenge. The legendary Bob Cameron designed the Furnas golf course and it is set between Japanese cedar trees providing an impressive environment for this outdoor sport. The fairways of Batalha are a smoother ride over 9-holes. The golf course on Terceira is set amongst lakes, flowers and other natural beauties. If you are just a curious golfer or a keen sportsman, the Azores have a challenge for everyone.
If you are looking for tranquillity and peace, golf, a calming boat trip, whale watching, extreme sports, or just to appreciate the sun and nature in a place with a mild climate, the Azores is just the place for you.