Azores, Portugal

Azores, Portugal


How familiar are you with Europe’s premier adventure playground? The Azores are a Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, with dramatic volcanic landscapes, luscious green forests and rugged coastlines dotted with underground caves.

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Any lover of the great outdoors will be spellbound by the variety of adventurous activities you can embark on, from kayaking on volcanic crater lakes to abseiling down waterfalls. Nature lovers will not only be amazed by the diversity of flora across the nine islands, but also of the abundance of marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles and whales. In fact this is one of the best places on Earth to go whale watching.

The remoteness of these islands mean that, despite all the potential for thrills, there’s a calming serenity that exudes across all of the islands. There’s a vastness to the landscape, a freshness to the air, and a warm sense of community amongst its inhabitants. The heartiness of its traditional cuisine and the passionate wine culture helps maintain the equilibrium, as does the presence of many a geothermal pool and natural hot spring, of course.

Such a rugged and remote expanse in the middle of the ocean can be difficult to navigate solo, which is why our Atlantic Azores trip is the perfect way to discover this archipelago. We’ll take you cycling around and kayaking on crater lakes, swimming in natural rock pools and canyoning down mountain streams. We’ll also take you on a hike around Furnas Lake, cook a traditional cozido stew using geothermal energy and soak in mineral-rich hot springs. The perfect balance of adrenaline and relaxation.

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