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For over 30 years we have passionately promoted holidays to the mid-Atlantic archipelago of the Azores and, whilst much has changed in three decades, our passion for these nine, unspoiled volcanic islands has not faltered.

Only four hours from the UK is a land like no other - contrasts with Madeira, Ireland and Hawaii have been made, but the Azores are unique and to suggest that there is an equal would be unjust. Careful development and a commitment to the preservation of the archipelago's natural splendours, rich culture and marine ecosystems have made this one of the most sustainable destinations in the world and the first archipelago to be accredited by EarthCheck.

Lush, undulating hills; sparkling caldera lakes, dramatic cliffs, black sand beaches and enchanting local communities. Marked hiking trails, cave systems, thermal baths, natural parks, fishing harbours and more. For nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and for anyone looking to return from their holiday refreshed and invigorated from the purest of airs, there is no better place.

Did you know?

  • A network of historical ways have been restored and made accessible to all. Circular and linear walks, graded easy, medium, or hard, are available across the archipelago and can be incorporated into a tailor-made trip. Lagoa do Fogo and Vista do Rei on Sao Miguel are two of our favourites.
  • The Azores are one of the world's largest whale sanctuaries, with 28 of the world's 80 cetacean species either residing in or migrating through the islands' nutrient-rich seas. Most common sightings: sperm whale, sei whale, common dolphin, risso's dolphin, Atlantic-spotted dolphin. Blue, humpback and fin whales can be observed between mid-March and mid-June.
  • Golf, kayaking, diving, canyoning, horse-riding, mountain biking, surfing, sailing, paragliding plus spa and gastronomic experiences are on offer.
  • This is the edge of Europe and, from the west coast of Flores, there is only horizon stretching as far as the eyes can see.

It is a quintessential Sunvil destination and one which is rewarding to explore no matter the time of year. Below are some of our favourite itineraries.

Azores cycling holiday

Cycling on the island of São Miguel, the Azores’ largest island, you’ll ride through some of the most stunning landscapes. Passing extinct volcanoes, lagoons, tropical forests, thermal and hot sulphur springs and climbing to viewpoints over Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Ride through the unspoilt natural beauty of this “garden” that sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on our self-guided, cycling holiday. 

Whale and dolphin watching 

Fin whales, humpback whales, sperm whales and dolphins are just some of the wonderful cetaceans that you'll be watching out for on this holiday. The islands of the Azores are also a Geopark – a nationally protected area which works closely with UNESCO – and recognised as an important area for whale and dolphin watching, with some 25 different species passing through or frequenting the waters. It is a trip that is sure to leave you in awe. 

Three Island Tour (A) - Sao Miguel, Faial and Pico

Sao Miguel, located on the eastern side of the archipelago, is the largest of the nine islands. It is made up of six volcanic complexes and municipalities. Faial is the resting place of transatlantic sailors. Horta, the main port, has a cosmopolitan and exciting feel and, at bars and restaurants, one hears snippets of sailing stories from around the world. Pico is dominated by its volcano, at 2351m the highest point in Portugal. The views to and from the volcano are spectacular and its presence seemingly binds together the central islands of Faial, Sao Jorge and Pico itself.

For further trips, inspiration and advice about the magical archipelago of the Azores you can contact our expert team on 020 8758 4722.

The Sunvil Family

By The Sunvil Family

8th February 2023



The Sunvil Family
The Sunvil Family
The Sunvil Family

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