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
2019
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Walking on the Azores - Azoren | Cicerone
  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
  • Azores Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • 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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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Azores: Car Tours and Walks
  • The Azores in the Sunflower Landscapes guide series; exploring the best walking and touring possibilities in the region or area. Detailed information about touring by hired car or public transport, as well as on foot, is provided, helping walkers to navigate and plan day-trips. Shorter strolls are also included as an alternative for each main... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Azores - 6th ed.
  • The Azores in the Sunflower Landscapes guide series; exploring the best walking and touring possibilities in the region or area. Detailed information about touring by hired car or public transport, as well as on foot, is provided, helping walkers to navigate and plan day-trips. Shorter strolls are also included as an alternative for each main... Read more
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 Azoren | Unieboek
  • Een compacte versie van de veel geprezen Capitool serie. Eigenlijk vergelijkbaar met veel illustraties, veel aandacht voor cultuur en bevolking en hier en daar praktische informatie. Kleine versie, handig in de binnenzak. Capitool Top 10 Azoren - Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels... Read more
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Lannoo's Reisboek World Trekking | Lannoo
  • 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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Azoren | Rother Bergverlag
  • Een praktische wandelgids voor diegenen die wat langer blijven. Er worden 75 dagtochten beschreven, vergezeld met een klein kaartje en veel praktische info over de tocht. Handzaam formaat. (let op: Duitstalig) Jeder kennt das Azorenhoch: Hier entsteht es. Viereinhalb Flugstunden von Deutschland entfernt liegen die neun Inseln der Azoren - Santa... 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • Azores Bradt Guide
  • 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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Maps

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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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 - 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
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  • 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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