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Azores Archipelago Experience
Azores Archipelago Experience OverviewOut in the mid-Atlantic, these fascinating islands beg exploration – magnificent volcanic landscapes, great walking and the chance of whale spotting.
- self-guided, three-centre walk
- whale-watching excursion included
- unique volcanic landscapes
- hire car included for part of the holiday
The Azores, some 800 miles west of mainland Portugal, remain one of Europe’s most impressive and least-discovered outposts. This extraordinary archipelago has historically formed a vital link between the Old and New Worlds, with a distinctive history and culture. The fusion of vivid green landscapes (the result of the humid climate) and haunting volcanic scenery lends them a unique feel, and culturally, too, the mix is fascinating - striking Baroque churches built by the pioneers, bustling ports, great religious festivals.
On this two-week holiday, you visit São Miguel, São Jorge, Faial and Pico, on all of which walking is by far the best way to discover their volcanic landscapes and lush vegetation. You will see pockets of ancient laurisilva (laurel forests), tropical plants, hydrangeas and cedars, and to fully show you the great scenic variety, we suggest walks in different corners of the islands, all accessed using your hire car in the case of São Miguel, or taxis on the other islands.