Why come to Azores?
Often referred to as the Mid Atlantic Hawaii, the Portuguese archipelago of Azores is a hidden gem in the North Atlantic Ocean, a perfect escape into nature and the ideal place for all types of adventure sports, indigenous experiences, and delicious food & drinks. The islands are green all year and hydrangeas blossom on every roadside. If you appreciate sustainable living, the purity of nature and the simple, yet beautiful things in life, Azores is a perfect, off-the-radar destination of choice.
Located ca. 1,500 km from Lisbon and ca. 3,900 km from the east coast of North America, the islands were discovered by the Portuguese navigators in 1427 and have been part of the country since then. Azores time zone is 1 hour less than Continental Portugal.
There are nine major Azorean islands and an islet cluster, in three main groups; Flores and Corvo, to the west, Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial in the centre and São Miguel, Santa Maria, to the east. The largest island São Miguel is ideal for groups and events up to 60 people; offering great value for money, and high-quality service and standards.
Azores was the first Sustainable Tourism Destination in the world. 75% of the energy used on the islands is produced locally and the government’s main priority is to safeguard the flora and fauna of this small piece of paradise.
Things to do in Azores.
Giants of the Ocean
Azores is considered to be one of the best places in the world for whale and dolphin watching. There are a total of 27 cetacean species, that can be observed during the year and the rate of sighting the giants of the ocean is 99% guaranteed during this activity.
Flavours of the Azores
The oldest and currently only tea plantation in Europe has been cultivating tea by traditional methods of the Orient since the 19th Century. Family-run in 5th generation the stunning location offers hands-on experiences and tastings.
One of the latest local success stories is a high-quality, aromatic gin, which is fully produced on the Azores. Composed of botanical local species of citrus and aromatic plants, the product is made 100% on the islands and aims to offer an exceptional high-quality Gin experience. Full workshops or relaxing tastings can be offered in various locations of the island.
Regional, Organic & Fresh
When it comes to culinary experiences the locals value simplicity and high quality, organic and regional produce. The cows of Azores are bread outdoor, in a sustainable and organic way, making the Azorean meat one of the best in terms of texture and flavour. Being surrounded by the ocean the seafood and fish on the islands is a ‘must try’ in combination with the freshest local vegetables and fruits. Besides excellent farm to fork restaurants, the Azores are also famous for a traditional dish prepared in a hot spring and served during a picnic.
Professionally guided underwater tours are offered to swim and learn about dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean. For experienced divers shark and manta ray diving excursions are offered.
Ride the Wave
Home to some of the best waves and beaches in the world, learning to surf with experienced instructors is a fun activity to learn more about this sport and get a hands on experience.
Connect with Nature
With an average annual temperature of 20 degrees and shifting weather conditions, you could experience 4 seasons in one day. Activities are numerous, from thrilling bike rides down volcanic craters to swimming in tucked-away lagoons, private early-morning yoga sessions, off-roading jeep tours, activities in waterparks created by nature, pre-dinner drinks in thermal water pools and so much more.