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Discover the 'Green Island'

The Azores - Europe's westernmost frontier
Holiday information
Nights: 7
Grade: 2, some ascents & descents
Terrain: coast, meadows, mountains
Hotels: one manor house, one 4-star hotel
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 picnics
Excursion: half-day whale-watching trip included
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Extend your stay
To discover the islands of São Jorge, Faial and Pico, opt for our 14-night Archipelago Experience.
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, single-centre walk
  • whale-watching excursion included
  • unique volcanic landscapes
  • hire car included

The Azores, some 800 miles west of mainland Portugal, remain one of Europe’s most impressive and least-discovered outposts. This extraordinary archipelago has historically formed a vital link between the Old and New Worlds, with a distinctive history and culture. The fusion of vivid green landscapes (the result of the humid climate) and dramatic volcanic scenery lends them a unique feel, and culturally, too, the mix is fascinating – striking Baroque churches built by the pioneers, bustling ports, great religious festivals.
No two walks are the same, thus showing you the archipelago's full scenic variety, from glittering lakes to stark lunar landscapes, and from green volcanic cones to the rugged coastline.
Walking is the best way to discover São Miguel with its volcanic landscapes and lush vegetation, which includes pockets of ancient laurisilva forest, tropical plants, hydrangeas and cedars. To fully show you the great scenic variety, we suggest walks in different corners of the island, all accessed using your hire car.
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