Azores

Why visit Azores

The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. There are many activities available to visitors on the Azores: Walking around stunning landscape marked by dense coastal woods, playing golf at one of the best and least exploited courses in the world, relaxing in natural carbonic water, waterfalls and iron water pools, whale watching, canoeing and kayaking, sailing and horse riding.
Visit the Azores and discover a sea of emotions!
One of the main tourist attractions of the Azores are the maritime activities.

Culture & Local Life

Enjoy the amazing cultural heritage of Terceira (like in Angra de Heroismo), but also the local traditions; try the Furnas meal (a meal cooked with volcanic heat, on Sao Miguel). In 2016 Azores was identified by QualityCoast as the world's most sustainable tourism destination.

Sustainability

The Azores are well known for promoting sustainability. The Azores have a rich and protected geodiversity and marine life, natural areas with well-regulated hiking trails as well as an Eco school. Renewable energy is also widely used on the island. On the Azores, rational use of water is supported by the Regional Plan for the Water (PRAA). Moreover, tourism businesses are ensuring long-term social and economic benefits and the government actively supports human rights activities with for example, campaigns against domestic violence.
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Health & Safety

The tourism companies in Azores are adopting the “Clean and Safe” stamp of approval to distinguish tourist activities which are compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention and control of COVID-19 and other possible infections. Passengers disembarking in Azores have to follow some rules that can be found here.

Nature Experience

Volcanism created a spectacular archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean: the Azores. It offers the ultimate green experience! Everywhere you go, you will be immersed in green landscapes and scenic views towards seas and volcanoes. You can do all sorts of activities related to nature, including whale and dolphin watching.

Getting there

Considering that Azores is an archipelago, you will have to fly to reach these 9 idyllic islands almost in the middle of the Atlantic. Luckily, there is an increasing number of direct flights to Azores. Another alternative is to choose for a connecting flight with a stopover in Lisbon or Porto in mainland Portugal.
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Getting around

Take a ferry if you desire to travel to another islands within Azores. It will serve you a beautiful view and it is more inexpensive compared to traveling by plane. However, keep in mind that Azores located in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, thus the waves and currents can be rough sometimes. Click here for more information about ferries.
To travel within each island you can opt for bus trips. There is a network of buses between the big towns of larger islands. Click here to check the bus schedule. 

Sustainability Recognitions

Top100 2019
Azores is featured in the 2019 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations.
QC Platinum Award
Azores received the highest recognition for Quality Coast: Platinum Award.
In 2020 Azores received the prestigious “Best of Nature” Award at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel event.

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