THE AZORES

THE AZORES

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A mild climate all year round, exceptional volcanic setting and an endless coastline surrounded by deep blue dark waters make the Azores a paradise for any outdoor enthusiast. If you are looking to explore the beautiful scenery on some gentle hikes, discover the rich marine life surrounding the islands or seeking adrenaline pumping action on a canyoning or coasteering adventure, the Azores have it all and it is easy to combine a large selection of activities over just a short period of time.

HIKING

A mild climate all year round, exceptional volcanic setting and an endless coastline surrounded by deep blue dark waters make the Azores a paradise for any outdoor enthusiast. If you are looking to explore the beautiful scenery on some gentle hikes, discover the rich marine life surrounding the islands or seeking adrenaline pumping action on a canyoning or coasteering adventure, the Azores have it all and it is easy to combine a large selection of activities over just a short period of time.

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CYCLING

As there is only little traffic on the small roads, the islands are very suitable for cycling. There are no fixed or sign-posted cycling routes, but it is possible to either book guided cycling tours (private or in a small group) or to rent a bike and to venture off on your own. The hilly volcanic terrain makes the islands perfect for mountain-biking, but it is also possible to opt for easy scenic routes along the coast.
São Miguel, Terceira, São Jorge, Faial or Pico all offer great

possibilities to explore some of the beautiful nature by bike.

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KAYAKING & SUP

Kayaking has become immensely popular over the last decades and there are both plenty of opportunities to explore some of the beautiful lakes or the Atlantic ocean on a kayaking or SUP adventure.
The island of São Miguel offers the best possibilities for kayaking and SUP around the Sete Cidades Lakes, Furnas or the Vila Franca do Campo islet.

DIVING & SNORKELING

The crystal clear blue waters around the basaltic islands make the Azores a fabulous spot for both snorkeling and diving, where you can enjoy great views and a huge variety of fish and other marine inhabitants. Over the summer months, you might be lucky to spot some manta rays.
Guided snorkeling tours are taking you to the best spots to take a dip in the refreshing waters and to enjoy the best experiences of the submarine world.

There are great spots for snorkeling around all of the Eastern and central islands while special snorkeling/diving adventures are possible on Santa Maria (snorkeling with Manta Rays) or Faial (blue shark diving). São Miguel, Pico and Faial are also great spots to swim with dolphins. As dolphins are very sociable and curious animals, it is possible to encounter them very closely in the open water. Please keep in mind that dolphins are also very vivid and quick, so you will need a bit of stamina to keep up!

Please note that it is necessary to hold a valid PADI certificate to rent diving equipment and to join diving tours. The Small Adventure Company is not a diving specialist and we strongly recommend to talk to a specialized operator if you are planning on a diving adventure.

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WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING

More than 24 species of whales and dolphins can be found around the Azores islands. Whaling has been prohibited since 1987 and whale watching has taken its place since, using the knowledge and skills of the former whalers to spot the herds. Many tours guarantee a success at nearly a 100%. Sperm whales, spotted dolphins and grampus are most common, but you might also spot blue whales, finback or humpback whales. Boats are only allowed close to the mammals for a

limited time and have to keep a distance of at least 50m at all times.
Due to its strong link to whaling tradition, Pico is the most popular island to board a whale watching tour and tours are taking place regularly between April and October. In general, São Miguel, Pico and Faial offer good options for whale or dolphin watching tours.

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CANYONING & COASTEERING

Both activities have become hugely popular over the last couple of years and the basaltic ground with the rugged coastline around the islands makes the Azores the perfect setting for this highly enjoyable adventure. Chose to follow a mountain river in a beautiful nature setting or enjoy the scenic views over the coastline while climbing, swimming and jumping in and out of the refreshing waters. Available as half or full day guided small group adventures on São Miguel,

Santa Maria and São Jorge.

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SWIMMING

Due to the ongoing thermal activity deep below the islands, the Azores are blessed with some wonderful spots where you can relax in those naturally heated nature pools in a beautiful lush and green nature setting. Especially the island of São Miguel offers good options to take a dip in the warm sea or a warm lake surrounded by lush nature and special tours even let you enjoy a night swim.

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OTHER EXPERIENCES

Not only do the Azores have a lot to offer for anybody who wants to get active and close to nature, you will also find a great selection of cultural experiences to enjoy.

Tea
São Miguel is the only place in Europe where tea is grown and Gorreana has been growing tea since 1883. Experience a traditional harvesting day while enjoying the great landscape

and fresh air. Take part in the different stages of tea production from picking to packing and learn about crushing, fermentation and the drying process.

Food and drink
Azorians have a proud culinary tradition and there are many options to experience this tradition in various and unique ways. From preparing and cooking your own traditional 'cozido' over hot steam rising from the hot springs at Furnas, wine harvesting and tasting on Pico island to traditional cooking classes and dinner parties in intimate settings, the tasty heritage of the islands has many faces and lets you enjoy its many layers in your own way.

Private tours
A unique history lies behind every town, village and island and private tours will make sure that you will not miss any of the fascinating stories behind the historic walls and buildings. From unique TukTuk tours in Ponta Delgada, private walking tours in Angra do Heroismo and Horta to fascinating discovery and heritage tours across the islands, sometimes a well guided tour is all that is needed to create a connection between people and the surrounding.

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