The Azores are made up of nine islands split into three groups.
The Oriental islands of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria; the Central
Islands of Pico, Faial, Sao Jorge, Terceira and Graciosa; and the
Occidental islands of Flores and Corvo. Each has something
different to offer on land and sea but what they have in common is
excellent diving and beautiful scenery.
When it comes to the diving in Portugal it is hard to know where
to start. How about virtually guaranteed encounters with manta
rays, blue sharks and makos at the right time of year? Add in
sharks, large numbers of dolphins
and whales and incredible visibility and it soon becomes clear
why we are such big fans of this place. It really is
Away from the diving, the volcanic islands offer dramatic
scenery and it is a hotspot for activities like hiking, biking,
whale watching and wildlife tours. You could easily spend two weeks
exploring the various islands. You wouldn't come here for a beach
break in the sun as there aren't many good beaches but if you want
an activity-led destination in easy reach of the UK then this is
When it comes to hotels, we have visited a large number of them
to find the very best. This is not a luxury destination but if you
look hard enough (as we have) you can find some real gems.
The message is simple. Go now before everyone else finds out
about this place!