The Azores is a true island paradise with plenty of wild and adventurous activities to explore. Whether on land or in the water, you’ll never be bored!
Depending on the island(s) you choose to visit, here’s a small sample of some of the fun and adventurous things to do in the Azores.
Let’s face it, no trip to an island paradise would be complete without the possibility of seeing whales and dolphins!
Azores were once home to a very successful and thriving whaling
industry. Over 25 whale and dolphin species live in or migrate to, the
Atlantic waters that surround the islands giving you a perfect
opportunity to see something spectacular.
You can find whale watching tours at just about every port in the Azores but what you will see will depend on the season of your visit. In the summer months, you can expect to see sperm whales. In the springtime, you are likely to see sei and fin whales and might even catch a glimpse of the incredible blue whale.
Anyone can get in a pool and swim with captive dolphins but how many people get to say they have gone swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat?
On Sao Miguel, you can choose an adventure that will see you in the Atlantic up close and personal with dolphins. Local marine biologists will help determine which cetacean species you are likely to see and teach you how to swim responsibly.
Lagoa das Sete Cidades is a twin lake that has formed inside a volcanic crater. Up high on the rim of the crater is the Vista do Rei Lookout where you can take in both lakes -- the green and the blue, as well as the incredible flora and fauna of the Furnas Valley on Sao Miguel.
This is a full-day adventure. Follow the hiking trails around the lakes and marvel in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Trust us, you will want to take your time exploring the landscape.
Of course, hiking in the Azores is not limited to Sete Cidades and Sao Miguel. Just about every island offers a unique and exciting hiking opportunity. If hiking is something you’d love to do, it isn’t hard to find a trail that will call to you!
After hiking at Sete Cidades, you may be looking for another perspective! If you’d like to get out on the lagoas, or lakes, and see the crater from a different angle, try stand up paddle boarding!
No matter your age or experience level, stand up paddle boarding is a fun and exciting option. Tour the lake at your own pace and don’t be afraid to fall off the board, a little swim in the lake is just as much fun!
For those who love speed and adrenaline, take things off the beaten path and book a guided Jeep tour.
These tours can get you up close and personal with the natural wonders of the Azores in a way that would be impossible on foot. Your guides will take you on a wild ride up some impossibly steep inclines and allow you to discover some views and vantage points that will take your breath away.
Cycling and mountain biking is a great way to see the Azores.
Rent bikes and create your own adventure or hire a tour company and follow a guide from village to village and island to island.
If plan your own itinerary, you can explore at your own pace, stop for pastries like pasteis de nata in a local restaurant, visit vineyards, and take a trip to a tea plantation. And don’t forget about exploring the mountains, volcanos, lakes, and coastline!
If you choose to go with a local guide, you can forget about the traditional tourist routes and discover hidden secrets that only the locals know!
Historic volcanic eruptions have left behind hardened lava and rocky basalt walls that are just begging to be scaled.
Whether you are an experienced climber or totally new to the experience, there will be professional climbers on hand to teach you proper techniques. Not only will you get an incredible adrenaline rush, but you will also have amazing views of the beautiful island below.
For those who want to climb a mountain without the use of specialized equipment, pay a visit to Mount Pico on Pico Island. While this is the highest peak in Portugal, it can be climbed relatively easily. All you need is a little bit of stamina, a little bit of physical fitness, and a little bit of will.
Not all adventures need to be wild and crazy. Swimming in thermal pools can be a truly invigorating experience.
Sao Miguel has several thermal springs and pools. The warm water is generated from 3 volcano complexes that can be found on the island. These waters have been used for centuries to balance and calm the mind, allowing one to feel more in tune with the body and the natural world.
With a high mineral content, these waters are good for what ails you so take the opportunity to relax and replenish. How often do you get to say that you visited a natural spa?
Canyoning is one of the most adventurous things to do in the Azores!
reaching the starting point, you will have the opportunity to jump,
slide, or abseil alongside a stream that flows directly from the
mountain top. Surrounded by lush forest and beautiful waterfalls, it is
an experience like no other. And with the possibility of swimming in a
thermal pool below, canyoning can be a truly unforgettable experience.
The Azores archipelago is a place of great culture, history, and natural beauty. But it is also a place of great fun and adventure. For those who seek a more active adventure holiday, the Azores more than fits the bill!