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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Azores Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map
  • For the best adventures, use the best map. Azores Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is the most detailed, accurate, toughest, large scale map of these 9 islands that you can buy. Super-Durable Maps now come with a 2 year adventurous use wear and tear guarantee, see Discovery Walking Guides website for details. 1:60,000 scale for each island, Sao... Read more
Kompass
Germany
2011
  • DuMont Wanderführer Azoren
  • Herrliche Gipfeltouren, Panoramawege und Küstenwanderungen erwarten Sie auf den Inseln São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores und Corvo mitten im Atlantik. Jede der 35 Touren ermöglicht einen perfekten Wandertag: Exakte Wegbeschreibung, Karte und Höhenprofil sind jeweils durch die zugeordneten Wegpunkte eng... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Ultimate Wildlife Destinations
  • This book combines the desire for ever more adventurous activities with our long-standing passion for wildlife, all the while infused with responsible travel themes and conservation topics. From tracking jaguars in Brazil to snorkelling with whale sharks in Honduras, and from hiking in Transylvania's Carpathian Mountains in search of European... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Ultimate Wildlife Destinations
  • This book combines the desire for ever more adventurous activities with our long-standing passion for wildlife, all the while infused with responsible travel themes and conservation topics. From tracking jaguars in Brazil to snorkelling with whale sharks in Honduras, and from hiking in Transylvania's Carpathian Mountains in search of European... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2012
  • Azoren
  • Neun grüne Perlen mitten im Atlantik - das sind die Azoren. Viele Träume und Geschichten umranken die Vulkaninseln, den Rest des sagenumwobenen Atlantis. Auf halbem Weg zwischen alter und neuer Welt liegt der weit verstreute Archipel fernab vom portugiesischen Mutterland in den Weiten des wilden Ozeans. Weit weg vom Massentourismus sind die... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2012
  • Azoren
  • Neun grüne Perlen mitten im Atlantik - das sind die Azoren. Viele Träume und Geschichten umranken die Vulkaninseln, den Rest des sagenumwobenen Atlantis. Auf halbem Weg zwischen alter und neuer Welt liegt der weit verstreute Archipel fernab vom portugiesischen Mutterland in den Weiten des wilden Ozeans. Weit weg vom Massentourismus sind die... Read more
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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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Rother Wandelgidsen - Azoren
  • De Rother wandelgids Azoren beschrijft de mooiste kust- en bergwandelingen voor een fantastische wandelvakantie in dit Portugese natuurparadijs. De Azoren bestaan uit de eilanden São Miguel, Santa Maria, Faial, São Jorge, Pico, Terceira, Graciosa, Corvo en Flores. Er zijn veel verschillende wandelmogelijkheden op de eilanden; van wandelingen... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Rother Wandelgidsen - Azoren
  • De Rother wandelgids Azoren beschrijft de mooiste kust- en bergwandelingen voor een fantastische wandelvakantie in dit Portugese natuurparadijs. De Azoren bestaan uit de eilanden São Miguel, Santa Maria, Faial, São Jorge, Pico, Terceira, Graciosa, Corvo en Flores. Er zijn veel verschillende wandelmogelijkheden op de eilanden; van wandelingen... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Azoren
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO Europas westlichste Inseln von den brodelnden Quellen in Furnas auf Sao Miguel bis zur Mini-Insel Corvo - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort auf den Azoren an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben dem Pico Alto, dem höchsten... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • 33 Wanderungen Azoren
  • Die Azoren als letzte (oder erste) Bastion Europas mitten im Atlantik sind noch eine wahre Naturdestination. Wanderer k nnen auf alten K stenpfaden gehen, tiefgr ne Krater umrunden oder auf den h chsten Berg Portugals steigen. Das Buch beschreibt die sch nsten Wanderungen der Inseln, darunter auch echte Geheimtipps der hier beheimateten... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • 33 Wanderungen Azoren
  • Die Azoren als letzte (oder erste) Bastion Europas mitten im Atlantik sind noch eine wahre Naturdestination. Wanderer k nnen auf alten K stenpfaden gehen, tiefgr ne Krater umrunden oder auf den h chsten Berg Portugals steigen. Das Buch beschreibt die sch nsten Wanderungen der Inseln, darunter auch echte Geheimtipps der hier beheimateten... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Azores
  • The sixth edition of the only full-blown guide to the beguiling islands of this mid-Atlantic Portugese archipelagoBradt's Azores guidebook is the only comprehensive guidebook to the nine-island archipelago, a nature-lovers' wilderness perched at the western extremity of Europe in the mid-Atlantic, and one of the best places in the world for... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Azores
  • The sixth edition of the only full-blown guide to the beguiling islands of this mid-Atlantic Portugese archipelagoBradt's Azores guidebook is the only comprehensive guidebook to the nine-island archipelago, a nature-lovers' wilderness perched at the western extremity of Europe in the mid-Atlantic, and one of the best places in the world for... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • 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
2018
  • 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
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
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
» Click to open
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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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Taschenbuch Reiseführer Azoren
  • Susanne Lipps studierte Geografie, Geologie und Botanik. Seit Jahren reist sie regelmäßig auf die Azoren und leitet dort Studien- und Wanderreisen. Als Reiseautorin hat sie sich auf den portugiesisch- und spanischsprachigen Raum spezialisiert. Für den DuMont Reiseverlag schrieb sie u.a. Reiseführer über Madeira, La Palma, La Gomera, Andalusien... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Azores
  • The Azores, previously known primarily in connection with weather maps, has drawn more and more visitors in recent years. Nine different islands of volcanic origin belong to this archipelago, which, politically, belongs to Portugal. Corvo, the smallest of the Azores, measures only 17 square kilometres, compared to São Miguel at 757. The island... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Azores
  • The Azores, previously known primarily in connection with weather maps, has drawn more and more visitors in recent years. Nine different islands of volcanic origin belong to this archipelago, which, politically, belongs to Portugal. Corvo, the smallest of the Azores, measures only 17 square kilometres, compared to São Miguel at 757. The island... Read more
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Maps

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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Flores North - Azores 1
  • 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
  • Pico - Prainha de Cima - Azores 9
  • 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 - Urzelina - Azores 17
  • 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 - Bretanha - Azores 26
  • 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
  • Flores South - Azores 2
  • 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
  • Pico - Candelaria - Azores 10
  • 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 - Calheta - Azores 18
  • 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 - Candelaria - Azores 27
  • 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
  • Corvo - Azores 3
  • 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
  • Pico - S.Mateus - Azores 11
  • 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 - Faja do Sanguinhal - Azores 19
  • 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 - Ribeira Grande - Azores 28
  • 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 - North Beach - Azores 4
  • 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 - 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 - 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
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 rondreis
  • Ontdek de veelzijdigheid van vulkanisch São Miguel, het hoofdeiland van de Azoren, een eilandgroep middenin de Atlantische Oceaan. Op deze actieve rondreis leiden wij je naar uitbundige subtropische Azoreaanse flora, theeplantages, weelderige parken en verborgen strandjes. Een breed aanbod aan fijne rondwandelingen langs kratermeren als Sete... 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
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