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

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2019
  • Walking on the Azores
  • Guidebook to 70 walks on the Azores, a remote archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean. Most of the walks are easy or moderate, with a few graded difficult. The selection is spread across all nine islands, offering much variety, from easy village-to-village walks to remote and mountainous walks, including Portugal's highest mountain, Pico. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
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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
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Stanfords
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Tour & Trail Azores - Azoren | Discovery Walking
  • 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
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Portugal
  • Your journey starts here. We`ve reimagined and updated our iconic DK Eyewitness travel guides. This brand new Portugal guide, now in a lightweight format, has been expertly curated with all new photography plus DK`s much-loved illustrations and maps.- Gorgeous, all-new colour photography so you can imagine yourself there- Reasons to love... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids ANWB Ontdek Azoren | ANWB Media
  • De nieuwste ANWB reisgids Azoren (Portugal). Speciaal geselecteerde adressen en een actueel portret van de regio. - Voor individuele reizigers - Tips voor genieten en actief bezig zijn - Rondwandelingen - Excursies - Inclusief grote uitneembare landkaart Streekgids Azoren bevat een overzicht van handige internetsites, informatie over winkelen,... 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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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Taschenbuch Azoren
  • Über das Buch Ein Hauch von Abenteuer umweht die neun Vulkaninseln, die zwischen Europa und Amerika in den Atlantik hineingekleckst sind: São Miguel, Santa Maria, Faial, Pico, São Jorge, Terceira, Graciosa, Flores und Corvo. In winzigen Booten stemmen sich dort Whalewatcher gegen die Wellen, um Walen und Delfinen nahezukommen, die Kraft der... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Azoren | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Uitstekende, diepgaande reisgids over alle eilanden. Met veel achtergrondinformatie en ook praktische zaken als overnachtingen en eet- en drinkgelegenheden. Thematische hoofdstukken over geschiedenis, geologie etc. Let op: Duits! Die Azo­ren sind In­seln vol­ler Schön­heit; fast schon eine uto­pi­sche Welt. Tief­blau­es Meer trifft auf... Read more
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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • Azores
  • Bradt`s Azores 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 whale watching. Thanks to the experience of expert botanist and author David Sayers, and the ongoing involvement of author... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Azores - Azoren | Bradt Travel Guides
  • Bradt`s Azores 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 whale watching. Thanks to the experience of expert botanist and author David Sayers, and the ongoing involvement of author... 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
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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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
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Marco Polo NL Azoren | 62Damrak
  • Eindelijk zijn ze er weer: de Nederlandse versie van de alom bekende en gewaardeerde serie van Marco Polo. Het is een handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een goede kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. Toch best veel aandacht voor de toeristische hoogtepunten en leuke... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
  • Azores: 5 car tours, 60 long and short walks
  • The Azores, nine islands in the Atlantic halfway between the Old World and the New, rise above sea level from a depth of several thousand metres. They are all volcanic in origin and all are covered in this guide.They are not the remains of the legendary continent of Atlantis, which is said to have sunk in the ocean once upon a time.... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Wanderfüher Azoren | Dumont
  • Duitstalige wandelgids met goede beschrijvingen van de tochten, schetsmatige maar wel redelijke kaarten en heel wat praktische informatie per wandeling. Wandern durch die faszinierenden Landschaften der neun Azoreninseln mit Gipfelbesteigungen des Monte Escuro und Touren durch urwüchsige Wälder, über schroffe Felsküsten, zu gewaltigen... Read more
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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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Faial - Pedro Miguel - Azores 5
  • 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 - Piedade - Azores 13
  • 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
  • Santa Cruz da Graciosa - Azores 21
  • 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 - Maia - Azores 29
  • 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 - Feteira - Azores 6
  • 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 - Farol de Rosais - Azores 14
  • 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 - Biscoitos - Azores 22
  • 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 - North East - Azores 30
  • 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 - Horta - Azores 7
  • 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 - Velas - Azores 15
  • 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 - Praia da Vitoria - Azores 23
  • 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 - Arrifes - Azores 31
  • 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.Roque do Pico - Azores 8
  • 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 - Norte Grande - Azores 16
  • 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 - Angra do Heroismo - Azores 24
  • 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, 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren - Pico, São Jorge & Faial
  • Je 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 maak je 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 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
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