Azores

Description

Pico, Azores

The Azores - or Açores as the Portuguese say - are nine beautiful islands, perfect for walking. The lush vegetation, exotic fruits and flowers, abundant birdlife, and fascinating volcanic phenomena create the ideal destination for nature lovers.

The islands are situated exactly on the spot where three tectonic plates meet: the American, Eurasian and African plate. Volcanism comes in thousand forms: towering stratovolcanoes, wide calderas (a caldera is a crater of an exploded volcano), lakes, pumice cones ... you name it.

Winds from the North Atlantic bring rain and mist year round, but less so in the months May - August. For your ease: it may rain part of the day, but the sun will be back soon. Four seasons a day, as they say. It’s a good idea to carry warm clothes and rainwear and walk on sturdy shoes.

All nine islands are great for walking. Some are large and varied. Others are small and carry a unique atmosphere. Some are rugged and wild. Others are friendly and rural. Follow your taste. Facilities are good: accommodation in the small villages, transportation by boat and on road, marked trails, topographic maps.

The nine islands in order of size:

  • São Miguel, 759 km2 - fascinating caldera and lake Sete Cidades
  • Pico, 446 km2 - 2.350 m high volcano and its spine of small volcanoes and lakes
  • Terceira, 403 km2 - rural atmosphere and old towns
  • São Jorge, 246 km2 - a razor blade in the sea with isolated coastal communities
  • Faial, 173 km2 - rural island, wide and deep caldera, new land formed during 1957 eruption
  • Flores, 143 km2 - wild and rugged, high falls in dense forest: Ribeira Grande
  • Santa Maria, 97 km2 - beaches and resorts
  • Graciosa, 62 km2 - huge caldera and lava grotto Furna do Enxofre
  • Corvo, 17 km2 - isolated volcano in the ocean, large caldera

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Azores: Car Tours and Walks
  • The Azores in the Sunflower Landscapes guide series; exploring the best walking and touring possibilities in the region or area. Detailed information about touring by hired car or public transport, as well as on foot, is provided, helping walkers to navigate and plan day-trips. Shorter strolls are also included as an alternative for each main... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Azores - Azoren | Sunflower books
  • Wandelgids: vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en kaartmateriaal. Tevens enkele autotochten. Deze gids staat goed bekend! Engelstalig, want nederlandstalige is uitverkocht en niet meer leverbaar. 5 car tours (on São Miguel, Terceira and Faial), 30+ long and short walks, 21... Read more
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eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lannoo's Reisboek World Trekking
  • Trekking betekent onthaasten, ontsnappen aan het dagelijkse leven en fysieke uitdagingen aangaan.Dit boek bundelt de mooiste wandelroutes ter wereld - van het Hoogland in IJsland over de Alpen tot de Azoren, van de Kilimanjaro en de Serengeti tot een wandelroute om de Annapurna in Nepal. Volg de sporen van goudzoekers door de Rocky Mountains,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lannoo's Reisboek World Trekking
  • Trekking betekent onthaasten, ontsnappen aan het dagelijkse leven en fysieke uitdagingen aangaan.Dit boek bundelt de mooiste wandelroutes ter wereld - van het Hoogland in IJsland over de Alpen tot de Azoren, van de Kilimanjaro en de Serengeti tot een wandelroute om de Annapurna in Nepal. Volg de sporen van goudzoekers door de Rocky Mountains,... Read more
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eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Marco Polo NL Azoren | 62Damrak
  • Eindelijk zijn ze er weer: de Nederlandse versie van de alom bekende en gewaardeerde serie van Marco Polo. Het is een handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een goede kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. Toch best veel aandacht voor de toeristische hoogtepunten en leuke... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Island Interludes
  • "Romantic islands in the sun. Dreams of Sicily, Canary Islands, Malta, Cyprus, Madeira, and even further north to the distant Azores lying in the Atlantic Ocean. All of these I hungrily devoured from the pages of travel articles and over many years of looking at an atlas of the world. Everything seemed a distant dream until life had other... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Island Interludes
  • "Romantic islands in the sun. Dreams of Sicily, Canary Islands, Malta, Cyprus, Madeira, and even further north to the distant Azores lying in the Atlantic Ocean. All of these I hungrily devoured from the pages of travel articles and over many years of looking at an atlas of the world. Everything seemed a distant dream until life had other... Read more
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eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 Azoren | Unieboek
  • Een compacte versie van de veel geprezen Capitool serie. Eigenlijk vergelijkbaar met veel illustraties, veel aandacht voor cultuur en bevolking en hier en daar praktische informatie. Kleine versie, handig in de binnenzak. Capitool Top 10 Azoren - Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Canary Islands Travel Guide
  • The Canary Islands (Spanish: Islas Canarias) are an Atlantic territory of Spain on the west coast of Africa, near to Morocco, Cape Verde and the archipelagos of the Azores Islands and Madeira Islands.Gran Canaria — The largest island by population, its capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) has the shared title of capital of the Canaries.... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Canary Islands Travel Guide
  • The Canary Islands (Spanish: Islas Canarias) are an Atlantic territory of Spain on the west coast of Africa, near to Morocco, Cape Verde and the archipelagos of the Azores Islands and Madeira Islands.Gran Canaria — The largest island by population, its capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) has the shared title of capital of the Canaries.... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Terceira - Biscoitos - Azores 22
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • S. Miguel - North East - Azores 30
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Faial - Feteira - Azores 6
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • S. Jorge - Farol de Rosais - Azores 14
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Terceira - Praia da Vitoria - Azores 23
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • S. Miguel - Arrifes - Azores 31
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Faial - Horta - Azores 7
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • S. Jorge - Velas - Azores 15
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Terceira - Angra do Heroismo - Azores 24
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • S. Miguel - Ponta Delgada - Azores 32
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Azores F&B
  • This large double-sided road map of the Azores, at 1:50,000 from Freytag & Berndt, shows the islands both individually and as a group and comes with an attached index and concise leisure guide booklet. This map shows main and minor roads, motorways and toll roads, sections under construction or closed to traffic. Conveniently highlighted are... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pico - S.Roque do Pico - Azores 8
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • S. Jorge - Norte Grande - Azores 16
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Terceira - Ribeirinha - Azores 25
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • S. Miguel - Vila Franca do Campo - Azores 33
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren walvissafari's
  • Voor de kust van het Azoren-eilanden Pico duiken elke zomer talrijke walvissen op. Vanuit het voormalige walvisstation gaan we vijf keer met een speciaal voor onze groepen gecharterde boot de zee op, op zoek naar de tuimelaars, potvissen, gevlekte dolfijnen, bultruggen, etc. We nemen ruim de tijd om de dieren rustig te benaderen en te... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren * Faial, São Jorge en Pico
  • Een week eilandhoppen langs drie eilanden van de sub-tropische Azoren-archipel, een natuurreis-paradijs in de eindeloze blauwe oceaan, rijk aan vissen, dolfijnen en walvissen. Wandelen langs sporen van natuurgeweld: reusachtige caldeiras, grote vulkaankraters gevuld met diepe meren en gestolde lavavelden. Eindeloze rijen hortensia’s omzomen... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren, São Miguel
  • Op het grootste eiland van de archipel, São Miguel, maakt u kennis met de uitbundige subtropische Azoreaanse flora en het bijzondere vulkanische landschap. U maakt wandelingen langs de kratermeren Sete Cidades en Lagoa do Fogo en de stoombronnetjes van Furnas. U overnacht in fijne onderkomens, eerst een mooi gelegen appartement en daarna een... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren - Pico, São Jorge & Faial
  • U bezoekt drie kleine, nauwelijks bezochte, maar prachtige eilanden van de Portugese Azoren-archipel en geniet van de bijzondere endemische flora en fauna en de vriendelijkheid van de bevolking. Vanuit sfeervolle pensions en hotels maakt u bijzondere dagwandelingen over de jonge vulkanische eilanden. Loop door de wijngaarden op de flanken van... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren * Faial, São Jorge en Pico (lang)
  • In twee weken reizen we langs de 'Triangle' van centrale eilanden in de sub-tropische Azoren-archipel. Ontdek een natuurreis-paradijs in de eindeloze blauwe oceaan, rijk aan vissen, dolfijnen en walvissen. We nemen de tijd om de eilanden en hun bewoners tot in hun wezen te ervaren. Van reusachtige caldeiras, met diepe meren en gestolde... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren, Pico
  • Op zoek naar dolfijnen en walvissen op het paradijselijk vulkaaneiland Pico, midden in de Atlantische Oceaan. Aan de voet van de imposante Pico-vulkaan (2300 m) verblijf je een week in een klein hotel of Casa Rural in het walvisvaardersdorp Lajes do Pico. Spectaculaire walvisexcursies met een supersnelle boot worden afgewisseld met voettochten... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Fotografiereis Azoren, São Miguel
  • In samenwerking met de Volkskrant bieden we een unieke fotografiereis naar het hoofdeiland van de Azoren: São Miguel. Topfotograaf Raymond Rutting neemt je mee op een fotografische ontdekkingstocht in dit fotogenieke subtropische paradijs. Je geniet van de uitbundige flora in een spectaculair vulkanische landschap en gaat op walvissafari. Je... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren, São Miguel * Licht & Comfortabel
  • Op het grootste eiland van de Azoren-archipel, São Miguel, maak je onder deskundige begeleiding relaxte wandelingen langs de mooiste bezienswaardigheden. Maar ook kom je op bijzondere plekken die niet zo bekend zijn. Geniet van de uitbundige subtropische flora en het bijzondere vulkanische landschap. Je wandelt langs de kratermeren Sete... Read more
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