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Azores Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 14 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2
from £2,899pp £2,749pp with flights

An autonomous part of Portugal, the Azores are an archipelago of nine volcanic islands which sit far out in the Atlantic Ocean. The soil here is fertile and the climate warm so the islands are awash with sub-tropical plants sporting exotic and colourful blooms. This Guided Walking and Sightseeing holiday takes you to explore five of the islands to enjoy their stunning volcanic scenery, lush gardens and interesting geology. There’s the option to climb to the top of Mount Pico (2,351m) – a volcanic peak which is Portugal’s highest mountain – and a visit to an impressive lava tube. There are hydrangea-lined paths to explore, crater lakes to admire, the opportunity to swim in a thermal pool and sweeping views across the islands to enjoy. The trip also includes a full day geo-tour accompanied by a local geologist to provide a fascinating insight into the islands’ geology.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the crater rim of the blue and green lagoons of Sete Cidades on São Miguel
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage areas of Pico and Angra do Heroísmo
  • Sail from Faial to the mighty Mt Pico, the highest peak of the Atlantic

What’s included

  • 14 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on departure day, plus lunch on day 14
  • A full programme of guided walks and sightseeing with expert local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
  • Travel by minibus, taxi or coach around the islands
  • Travel between the islands by plane or ferry
  • Tips

Trip Notes

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On our Guided Walking holidays, our day-by-day descriptions will help you understand where you’ll be exploring and what you’ll be doing. The itineraries are put together carefully to give you the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons. In the wake of disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak to planning, this is particularly relevant to itineraries in 2021.

On arrival at Ponta Delgada airport, and after passing through security, there's a short transfer to our hotel.

Hotel Talisman, São Miguel - Azores

The art deco 4-star Hotel Talisman in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, has two restaurants, a café terrace and a rooftop pool. It is in the centre of town, just minutes from the seafront. 


Today we enjoy a full day geo-tour, driving from Ponta Delgada. We’ll be accompanied by a local geologist who will explain how the island was formed, the changes that have taken place from various eruptions and how this affects the landscape today. We’ll concentrate on the centre of the island and head up towards Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lakes). This crater lake forms one of three volcanoes which make up the island of Sao Miguel, the others being Sete Cidades and Furnas.

In the afternoon we fly to Faial and transfer to the hotel.

Hotel do Canal - Azores

Situated opposite the marina with views of Pico beyond, this modern 4-star hotel is in keeping with the marine feel of Horta with a decked balcony and nautical photographs. This is a great base for exploring Horta.


Faial, known as the blue isle, is part of the central group of islands which include Pico, Sao Jorge, Terceira and Graciosa. Today we have a busy day exploring the island by bus and on foot.

We start the day with a short drive to the Caldeira in the centre of the island. The crater floor is a protected area, but for those wanting to stretch their legs you can walk from the view point to the highest point on the island, Cabeco Gordo at 1,043m with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.

From the Caldeira we head down towards the coast and Capelinhos where the last volcanic eruption in the Azores was in 1957. There are options for short walks in the area and a visit to the Capelinhos museum, which tells the story of the eruption.

Hotel do Canal - Azores

Situated opposite the marina with views of Pico beyond, this modern 4-star hotel is in keeping with the marine feel of Horta with a decked balcony and nautical photographs. This is a great base for exploring Horta.


A short ferry ride today takes us to the nearby island of Pico, and a short morning tour. Pico is the most obviously volcanic of all the nine islands and is dominated by its impressive volcanic cone of Pico Alto (2,351m), the highest point in Portugal.

In the afternoon we head up towards Mt Pico to start our walk at Frei Matias, gradually descending back to Madalena along farm trails and paths. There is an option (at additional cost, payable locally) to ascend Mt Pico, the highest mountain in the Atlantic. This involves a steep ascent and descent of 3,700 feet (1,120m)with some difficult terrain, and stout boots are required. The walk takes about 8 hours. If the mountain is covered by cloud it’s recommended to not attempt the ascent; you’ll be advised locally if it’s possible.

Hotel do Canal - Azores

Situated opposite the marina with views of Pico beyond, this modern 4-star hotel is in keeping with the marine feel of Horta with a decked balcony and nautical photographs. This is a great base for exploring Horta.


Today we have a morning walk to Monte Guia and Porto Pim on the outskirts of Horta. The afternoon is free, allowing you to explore independently at your own pace or to simply relax around the hotel. An option for you this afternoon could be a whale and dolphin watching trip (payable locally, approx. £54pp).

Hotel do Canal - Azores

Situated opposite the marina with views of Pico beyond, this modern 4-star hotel is in keeping with the marine feel of Horta with a decked balcony and nautical photographs. This is a great base for exploring Horta.


We take a morning ferry to Velas, São Jorge and transfer to the hotel. For the next 3 nights we are based in Velas, the island’s pretty capital. Like most of the smaller islands, this is a sleepy place with a few small hotels, shops, cafés and restaurants. This afternoon we have an optional guided walk from the hotel to the small volcanic cone opposite and chapel of Senhora Livramento. En route we pass a couple of bathing areas where you can swim or snorkel in the warm Atlantic (approx. 22°C).

Hotel São Jorge, São Jorge - Azores

A 3-star hotel located right on the seafront in Velas, São Jorge, looking out over the sea towards Pico. All the rooms have balconies overlooking the sea and there is a large outdoor pool. 


This is purported to be the best walk in the Azores. Most of Sao Jorge’s population is concentrated along the numerous island ‘fajas’ - the small coastal plains created by the erosion of the steep cliff sides.

This walk begins at the top of the island and descends to sea level through some of the archipelago’s most beautiful scenery. The hydrangea-lined path takes you through ‘forests’ of tree heather and pastures down to Faja do Santo Cristo where ‘clams’ are farmed in its sweetwater lagoon. The undulating path continues through two more fajas before ending at the café in Faja dos Cubres.

Hotel São Jorge, São Jorge - Azores

A 3-star hotel located right on the seafront in Velas, São Jorge, looking out over the sea towards Pico. All the rooms have balconies overlooking the sea and there is a large outdoor pool. 


This high-level walk follows a cinder track along the spine of the island circling between the green crater peaks including the island’s highest, Pico da Esperanca at 3,455 feet (1,053m). The walk undulates across the top of the island before descending to the small village of Norte Grande. For those who have walked far enough today, we can arrange for you to be picked up from the café and transferred down to Faja Ouvidor on the north coast (where the walk ends) for a refreshing dip in the sea!

The top of the island is often shrouded in cloud which blows in and out during the day but, when clear, there are spectacular views to Terceira and Graciosa on one side and Pico and Faial on the other.

Hotel São Jorge, São Jorge - Azores

A 3-star hotel located right on the seafront in Velas, São Jorge, looking out over the sea towards Pico. All the rooms have balconies overlooking the sea and there is a large outdoor pool. 


A mid-afternoon flight to Terceira, and a 20- minute transfer to the Pousada Sao Sebastao in Angra. Our hotel is situated just above the harbour and is a short walk from the historic city centre. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 1980 and has since been meticulously restored to its former glory. In 1983 Angra was declared a UNESCO Historic World Heritage Site.

Hotel Pousada Sao Sebastiao, Terceira - Azores

On Terceira, we stay in the historic Hotel Sao Sebastiao, one of two Pousadas on the Azores. Situated within a fortress, it has 28 bedrooms. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, heating/air conditioning, mini bar, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, safe and internet access.


Today we enjoy a full day tour of Terceira with some short walks. We head into the centre of the island, which is a mix of farmland and pristine forests of juniper and areas of dense sphagnum moss. These wild areas give you an idea of what the islands were like before they were colonised by the Portuguese.

A real highlight of the day is a visit to Algar do Carvao (Cavern of Coal), which is a solidified lava tube which was once full of molten lava gushing from a volcano. The cavern was given this name not due to the presence of coal but because of the dark black lava that the tunnel is made from. From here we head north to the wine growing region of Biscoitos which is known for its Verdelho wines. In the afternoon we return via Praia and visit the small bird reserve near the harbour which is popular with waders.

Hotel Pousada Sao Sebastiao, Terceira - Azores

On Terceira, we stay in the historic Hotel Sao Sebastiao, one of two Pousadas on the Azores. Situated within a fortress, it has 28 bedrooms. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, heating/air conditioning, mini bar, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, safe and internet access.


Full day guided circular walk from Biscoitos on the north coast of Terceira. Following coastal paths and farm tracks we pass through vineyards where the local Verdelho wine is produced with the opportunity to try some.

Hotel Pousada Sao Sebastiao, Terceira - Azores

On Terceira, we stay in the historic Hotel Sao Sebastiao, one of two Pousadas on the Azores. Situated within a fortress, it has 28 bedrooms. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, heating/air conditioning, mini bar, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, safe and internet access.


Transfer from the hotel to the airport and fly to Sao Miguel. Afternoon city walking tour of Ponte Delgada

Hotel Talisman, São Miguel - Azores

The art deco 4-star Hotel Talisman in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, has two restaurants, a café terrace and a rooftop pool. It is in the centre of town, just minutes from the seafront. 


This morning we drive west to the famous crater lakes known as Sete Cidades (Seven Cities). The lakes are known locally as Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde. The crater itself is the largest in the Azores measuring 3 miles (5km) across and 9 miles (15km) in circumference. The rim lies at 2,300 feet (700m) and is covered in lush vegetation: Himalayan ginger, blue hydrangea hedges and green dairy meadows.

The path contours half the crater rim giving wonderful views down towards the mystical blue and green lakes inside and over the deep blue Atlantic on the other side. The walk then descends, quite steeply, into the village of Sete Cidades on the shores of the two lakes.

Hotel Talisman, São Miguel - Azores

The art deco 4-star Hotel Talisman in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, has two restaurants, a café terrace and a rooftop pool. It is in the centre of town, just minutes from the seafront. 


Today we explore the volcanic basin of Furnas. See pools of boiling mud, water and sulphurous steam being forced out of the ground. Walk around Furnas lake and then head to Parque Terra Nostra and it's thermal pool.

Hotel Talisman, São Miguel - Azores

The art deco 4-star Hotel Talisman in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, has two restaurants, a café terrace and a rooftop pool. It is in the centre of town, just minutes from the seafront. 


Return flight back to the UK


Azores Itinerary Map

Hotel Talisman, São Miguel - Azores

The art deco 4-star Hotel Talisman in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, has two restaurants, a café terrace and a rooftop pool. It is in the centre of town, just minutes from the seafront. 

Hotel do Canal - Azores

Situated opposite the marina with views of Pico beyond, this modern 4-star hotel is in keeping with the marine feel of Horta with a decked balcony and nautical photographs. This is a great base for exploring Horta.

Hotel São Jorge, São Jorge - Azores

A 3-star hotel located right on the seafront in Velas, São Jorge, looking out over the sea towards Pico. All the rooms have balconies overlooking the sea and there is a large outdoor pool. 

Hotel Pousada Sao Sebastiao, Terceira - Azores

On Terceira, we stay in the historic Hotel Sao Sebastiao, one of two Pousadas on the Azores. Situated within a fortress, it has 28 bedrooms. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, heating/air conditioning, mini bar, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, safe and internet access.

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  • Single room: £45 per night
Duration:
14 nights
Type:
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
2

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