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Beautiful Azores Islands

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Hidden Secrets of the Azores Islands

Explore the exposed tips of underwater mountains where a largely undiscovered paradise awaits. Teeming with places that will leave you breathless, the islands of the Azores are utterly alluring, evolving to be one of Europe’s great island adventures. With a volcanic history, picture an archipelago of incredible diversity, fertile landscapes, vivid crater lakes and unspoiled nature; each island offering something a little different.

When to go
January – October
From price
$9,000 pp*
Ideal length
7 nights

Begin your trip on the largest island of the Azores, São Miguel, also known as ‘Green Island’ due to its verdant terrain and heavenly vistas. Embark on a journey to one of Portugal’s seven natural wonders, Sete Cidades, a quintessentially rural village set amongst the caldera’s fairy tale landscape. Admire astonishing panoramic views over twin lakes where a myriad of gorgeous colours greet you. Walk the circuit of the fringed crater rim before stopping at pineapple plantations to taste and observe how the tropical fruit is grown. Following a leisurely morning, venture to São Miguel’s northeast region for wilder, more dramatic landscapes. Here lies the hidden Ribeira dos Caldeirões, an Azorean protected area boasting an abundance of vibrant flora. In an adrenaline-fuelled canyoning experience, uncover a natural water park as you rappel waterfalls, descend streams and leap from rocks.

Explore the tranquil shores and swim in the waters of Lake Fogo before discovering the otherworldly geothermal spot of Furnas Valley. Here, you can observe the celebrated Furnas stew slow-cooked underground using only volcanic vapours, and delight in a local lunch of traditional delicacies. Famed for its extraordinary collection of native plants, Terra Nostra botanical garden is one of Europe’s most beautiful and home to a unique experience. Bathe in an iron-rich thermal pool, formed from volcanic springs and soak up the picturesque surroundings.

After a short flight over the archipelago, arrive at Pico Island, a land dominated by Portugal’s highest point, a striking volcano. Labelled one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries, the Azores is a first-class destination for cetacean observation. Accompanied by an expert marine biologist, go in search of some of the 25 species and gain an educational understanding throughout. During this memorable experience, high standards of safety and consideration for the animals and their natural habitat are undertaken. For the ultimate hiking adventure, ascend Mount Pico in darkness to receive rare moments of beauty as the sun rises above the horizon. Gain a fascinating insight into the genesis of the islands and their volcanic biodiversity before reaping staggering views from the summit. At 2351m above sea level, Pelorus can arrange an exclusive wild camping experience atop the volcano. Moments like this, shared between you and the wilderness, will stay with you forever.

Green hills of the Azores Islands Lagoon in Azores islands
Coastal walk Pico Island Azores Crater island in Azores

Swap your hiking boots for two wheels as you cycle from Madalena village to Pico’s peculiar vineyards located in black lava grounds. Despite the hostile environment of volcanic eruptions and landslides, amazingly Pico’s earliest settlers not only adapted, but thrived. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the surreal combination of dark molten stones and exotic flowers create mesmerising visuals that will leave you captivated for hours. For an unforgettable underground experience, let yourself be enveloped in the island’s secret lagoons and hidden caves as you adventure through Gruta das Torres, one of the longest lava tubes on the planet. Here, you will witness Pico Island in its purest state of preservation.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 4 adult travelling for 7 nights excluding international flights.