The Azores holidays
Sunvil discovered the Azores in 1990 and since then we have been one of the leading promoters of responsible tourism to this, one of the last paradises on earth. We invite you to step into the past and discover the beauty and tranquillity of these fascinating islands.
The Azores form an enchanting archipelago of nine emerald green islands set in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal (1,500km) and North America (3,900km). At one time thought to be part of the legendary lost continent of Atlantis, the islands were discovered in the 15th century by Portuguese navigators en route to the New World and became the link between Europe and the Americas. In fact, they belong to Portugal and are part of Europe.
Holidays In The Azores
The islands of the archipelago separate conveniently into three groups: the Eastern group of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria; the Central group of Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial; and the Western group of Flores and Corvo. Because of their remote location, the traditional lifestyle of the Azores, outside of the main towns, has remained virtually unchanged. There is hardly any industry apart from agriculture and fishing and pollution is unknown. The pace of life is slow and tourism is in its infancy.
The volcanic formation of the islands has endowed them with a spectacular natural beauty. Vast craters nurturing glistening blue lakes, sheer black cliffs falling in to the ocean, lush rolling valleys, rugged mountains and hot mineral springs and geysers combine to form a truly diverse scenery found nowhere else in the world. The climate is temperate, which ensures an abundance of flowers strewn across hedgerows and fields throughout the summer season, and the deep greens of the lush grasslands contrast markedly with dark volcanic stone walls and neat whitewashed houses.
Watch Sunvil Discovery's video about holidays in the Azores
The weather in the Azores is mild and quite changeable. The average temperature ranges from 14 to 22 degrees centigrade. Sea temperatures range from 15 to 23 degrees centigrade. It is not uncommon to experience four seasons in one day! If it is overcast in the morning, by early afternoon the sun will be shining. By late afternoon it may rain and be windy late evening. Be prepared for mixed weather on walks. Disruption to flight schedules and ferry crossings may occur, especially in winter, due to adverse weather conditions. Should flights/ferries be delayed or cancelled our local agent would be on hand to assist with alternative arrangements and overnight stays (if required).
Portuguese cuisine: delicious soups are popular as a starter; main course is either fish (including excellent seafood dishes) or meat (mainly local beef, spicy sausage or pork) accompanied by potatoes and vegetables. Salads are not very exciting and vegetarian dishes rare (although the Aldeia da Fonte in Pico does offer more choice than others). The desserts are mainly fruit (exquisite pineapple), flavourful cheeses, mousse and sweet cakes. Average cost of a 3-course meal with wine is 20 Euros per person.
No vaccinations are required for entry in to the Azores. However, it is recommended that all travellers obtain the standard triple typhoid/ tetanus/polio inoculation prior to any departure abroad.
Weekly service, every Saturday, from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel) - SATA International (5 April - 24 October 2014)
S4 541 London Gatwick / Ponta Delgada 14:20 / 17:05
S4 540 Ponta Delgada / London Gatwick 08:40 / 13:25
- Departures from London Gatwick (South Terminal)
- Luggage allowance is 20kg (international and inter-island flights) / 10kg for infants
- In-flight meals included
- The Azores is one hour behind the UK all year
Advanced seat reservation: We are able to pre-book specific flight seats for our clients. If you have a preference for a window seat, aisle seat, seating together etc. please contact us and we will reserve these seats for you (subject to availability). As of the 1 February 2012 there is a charge for this service. The prices vary between £10 and £25 per person.
Excess Baggage: If you are intending to take golf clubs, dive equipment, bicycles or surfboards abroad then please advise us at the time of booking. We will inform the airline and advise if and what the charge will be above your normal luggage allowance.
Alternative flights with TAP Portugal (via Lisbon) to the Azores
We are able to tailor-make holidays using TAP Portugal daily flights from Heathrow or Gatwick, or three times a week from Manchester to Lisbon with a connecting flight to the Azores (Sao Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial). As the flights do not always connect on the same day, an overnight stay in Lisbon may be required on arrival and/or departure. Please contact our office for details and prices.
2014 Azores Events
Click here for a full list of local events being held throughout the nine islands of the Azores. Please ask at the time of booking if there is anything else of interest during your time of visit.