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The Azores Islands – good to visit now!

The Azores are on the UK’s Green Travel List!

The Azores (a region of Portugal) are a group of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, offering a gentle climate and unforgettable landscapes. If you are a walker or simply a visitor who wants to drink in the sights, these unique islands will not disappoint.

The Azores, photo by Natanael Vieira on Unsplash

The islands are divided into three groups:-

The Eastern Group (Grupo Oriental) of São Miguel, Santa Maria and Formigas Islets
The Central Group (Grupo Central) of Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial
The Western Group (Grupo Ocidental) of Flores and Corvo.

Ponta Delgado, The Azores, photo by André Mendonça on Unsplash

For mountain lovers, you’ll find Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m There are many other impressive peaks to be discovered.

Mount Pico, The Azores, photo by Pablo Sievert

There’s a wealth of walking trails to be followed, enhanced by wonderful views and flourishing unique endemic plant life.

Ribeira Grande, Flores, Azores. Photo by Vdugrain

The largest of the islands is São Miguel, where ancient laurel forests and a wealth of endemic flora thrive. The landscape on all the islands is rugged, with extreme peaks; lakes hide in volcanic craters and hot springs confirm the islands’ volcanic geology.

Sete Cidades, The Azores. Photo by Chris Slupski on Unsplash

Tempted to visit? Before you go, why not plan your adventures. You will need a detailed, up to date map. If you want to do any walking on the islands, you need a map that clearly shows the walking trails.

We recommend Azores Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map, from Discovery Walking Guides Ltd.

Island Hopping – Twice The Adventure

Day Trip – Island Hopping Nº1

Going to Lanzarote? Hop to Fuerteventura!

Aloe Vera thrives in Fuerteventura's desert conditions.

Aloe Vera thrives in Fuerteventura’s desert conditions.

You’ve planned your trip to Lanzarote, booked flights, accommodation and maybe a hire car.

Why not plan a day trip to the next island south too, just a 25 to 45 minute ferry trip away?

See ferry information HERE.

 

Fuerteventura is Lanzarote’s big sister and has its own personality. Watersports are big here (think Fuerte+Ventura = Strong Wind) and there are biking and hiking routes too. Or hire a car for the day and take a look. At about 100 kilmetres in length, it’s too big to see everything in just one day, though you’ll get a taste of the place and may want to return for a longer visit.

Watersport heaven on Fuerteventura's east coast

Watersport heaven on Fuerteventura’s east coast

Things to see and do.

Things to do – Trip Advisor has good suggestions for beaches, cafes, museums and watersports.

It’s useful to get hold of a good map before you go. Take a look at this link for up-to-date map information:

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/fuerteventura.htm

Established in 1405, Fuerteventura's origianl capital of Betancuria is a step back in time.

Established in 1405, Fuerteventura’s origianl capital of Betancuria is a step back in time.

There’s a useful website for those wanting more information about hiking and biking on Fuerteventura; take a look at:

http://tinyurl.com/hj3syt6

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