AZORES

Exploring the Azores

€590/person
June 20-27 7 days 6-8 People Azores

Highlights of the trip

Whale’come to the Azores, the Hawaii of the mid-Atlantic, Europe’s secret islands of adventure with a diverse marine wildlife. 

Embark on this eco-friendly, “off the beaten track” sailing journey with us. Departing from the famous port of Horta, we will cruise around the central group of the Azores; visiting natural wonders, hidden gems and highlights of the archipelago. Whale and dolphin watching, road trips, hiking, dramatic landscapes, waterfalls, sustainable tourism.

Ocean friends, here we come!

BASE MARINA

Faial, Azores, Portugal

ACCOMODATION

on a sailing boat - in a 2 person cabin

PROVISION

Self-catering

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1 - Saturday: MARINA HORTA
Warm welcome to the town of Horta, a mandatory port for yachts crossing the Atlantic Ocean, which also strongly defines the spirit of this place. We will meet you in the marina around noon. You will have the afternoon to do the grocery shopping, walking around and to get ready for our first azorean dinner.
DAY 2 - Sunday: HORTA - SAO JORGE
After a few hours sailing you will be amazed by arriving at the unique natural setting of Velas Marina, sheltered by huge cliffs. Discover the town, enjoy the local scenes and prepare for a strange experience after 10PM.
DAY 3 - Monday: SAO JORGE
How about renting a car to cross the thin but steep island and visit some of its most fabulous natural wonders, fajas, with cheese tasting on the way, and taking a break at the coffee plantation of Nunes? Sounds like fun times, right?!
DAY 4 - Tuesday: SAO JORGE - TERCEIRA
Enjoy a full day of sailing and cross your fingers for an amazing ride shared with dolphins, turtles and perhaps even WHALES. After the ocean show we will be lucky enough to get in the festival vibes of Angra do Heroismo, try some local street food and sweets while wandering the streets.
DAY 5 - Wednesday: TERCEIRA
Another day to enjoy Angra do Heroismo, a real jewelry box. It’s charming streets, colorful villas, cathedrals, parks and palaces are all exciting attractions. This medieval town has the liveliest folklore, the most frequent festivals, and the famous Azorean traditional bullfight, the tourada á corda, which is an unforgettable end to our island trip. It’s a local social event, full of regional flavors.
DAY 6 - Thursday: TERCEIRA - PICO
We sets sails to Pico Island to visit the highest mountain in Portugal (2351m) and the spectacular landscape of Pico Vineyards, not missing to taste the “lava wine” exclusively made here.
DAY 7 - Friday: PICO - HORTA
After having our morning coffee at the local bar in Lajes do Pico, we visit the Whaling Industry Museum, before cruising back to our base port. Get ready for our well-deserved closing dinner, and gin at the famous Peter’s Café Sport to celebrate a wonderful sailing adventure.
DAY 8 - Saturday: HORTA
Early morning check out by latest 9AM. Sailors, it was great having you on board and hope to see you soon!

Good to know

The best way to reach the Azores is by plane.
In addition to the increasing number of direct flights offered by companies such as TAP (Portuguese Official Airline) and SATA (Azorean Official Airline) from the main European cities, getting to the Azores has never been so easy: you just need to reach Lisbon or Porto to have frequent connections with the town of Ponta Delgada (Island of São Miguel) and Horta (Island of Faial).
If you wish to make a stopover in the Island of São Miguel, you will then need to take an internal flight São Miguel – Faial.
Horta airport is only 10 km from Horta Marina. A taxi takes about 10 minutes and costs 14 Euros or we can arrange mini bus transfer on request.

The Azores have a maritime subtropical, mild climate accross all islands. The main characteristic of the azorean weather is its unpredictability: it can be sunny and hot, windy and strong showers – all in the same day!
Clouds and rain are a possibility any time of the year, although the summer months have longer periods of sunshine and higher temperatures. The average air temperature ranges between 13.6°C (minimum) and 22°C (maximum) throughout the whole year. But the humidity can be considerably high, so it can feel like a lot hotter.

10 EUR / bottle

Bringing practical clothing for all kinds of weather and activities is key to a comfortable trip, you’ll want to bring some wind-proof, quick-drying, athletic clothing. Have a bathing suit and towel with you. You never know when you’ll stumble upon a hot spring, or a perfect black-sand beach, or a crater lake. Have comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes, a light wind-proof jacket and a warm sweater.
The weather changes dramatically on different parts of the island and as you move up and down in elevation. It can be chilly, rainy and/or windy at times, so keeping layers handy is a good idea.

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