The Green Island of São Miguel
Our trip to Portuguese Islands starts beautifully with the largest of the nine, San Miguel. It is soon becomes clear why it is also called Ilha Verde, or ‘Green Island’. You will encounter lush green forests, steaming hot springs and secret crater lakes such as Lagoa do Fogo. Be sure to visit Ponta Delgada and stay at an authentic B&B in this bustling city.
Faial: the Blue Island
Be enchanted by masses of blooming hydrangeas, turning bright blue under the July sun. This floral explosion earned Faial the nickname “The Blue Island”. A mystical lunar landscape was created by the eruption of the Capelinhos volcano in 1958. A trip to Portuguese islands including Faial will introduce you to beautiful lagoons and sweeping beaches, but the city of Horta is also worth a visit. The heart of the island is formed by the enormous Caldeira crater, where many rare plants and flowers thrive.
A trip to Portuguese islands wouldn’t be complete without visiting Terceira with its rugged natural beauty. The adventurous should take the descent into the volcanic cave, Algar do Carvão. Continue your journey to the capital Angra do Heroísmo and spend a few days in a B&B Portugal. Discover for yourself why this city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. After a little rest, it’s time to explore the rest of Terceira. Rent a car and travel through captivating nature from one B&B Portugal to another.
Whale watching on Pico
Pico is one of the best islands for whale watching during a trip to Portuguese islands. There are various excursions organised for this magical unique experience. There’s also a good chance that you will encounter friendly dolphins and the crystal clear water is also ideal for water sports enthusiasts. A highlight of the island is the Pico mountain. Hiking up this dormant volcanic beast is one of the ultimate Azorean adventures. With a can-do attitude and the right guide, you might make it to the summit!
Portuguese beach holiday, Santa Maria
Debating between a trip to Portuguese islands, Azores or a traditional beach holiday in Portugal? On Santa Maria, you will find the best of both worlds. This island has the most sunshine hours of the entire archipelago and is fondly referred to as the “Algarve of the Azores”. Less green than the other islands, but blessed with pale-sanded beaches and warm turquoise water. Visit the blue flag Praia Formosa, perfect for jet-skiing and surfing.
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