The Azores

Often referred to as the ‘Hawaii of the Atlantic’, the Azores is an archipelago of nine volcanic islands 1,000km west of Lisbon. Up until a few years ago, many would be hard pushed to pinpoint this collection of islands on the map. However, owing to the islands’ natural, wild beauty, the Azores is making a name for itself and tourist figures have doubled in the past four years.

With turquoise lakes, green pastures and black lava fields, the Azores are a kaleidoscope of colour and the perfect setting for getting back to nature and exploring. Activities here include kayaking, hiking, diving, mountain biking and paragliding. Owning a property here is the ultimate getaway from the chaos of city life; it is a unique opportunity to relax and recharge.

Pico island is home to the highest point in Portugal, Mount Pico, a dormant volcano, which stands at 2,351km tall. For many, Pico island is synonymous with wine as it is responsible for 80% of all the Azores’ wine production and its unique vineyards have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Pico island is also one of the best spots in the world for whale-watching with more than 50 species of dolphins and whales in the waters.

As much of the Azores’ draw is due to the islands’ stunning scenery, the government has adopted a proactive approach to managing tourism. Since 2015, there has been a cap on the number of hotel rooms in the Azores - a quota which has been only half-filled -  to protect the islands from overdevelopment.

How to Get There

By Air

The Azores are just a two-hour flight from Lisbon and four hours from London. This destination is also very accessible from Northern America with flights from New York and Toronto taking 6 hours or less.


Spring / Summer

The best time to visit the Azores is from April to November. In the summer (June - August) the temperature ranges from 15°C - 26°C and rainfall is at its lowest.

Fall / Winter

The Azores have a mild winter with temperatures rarely dropping below 11°C. However, rainfall is at its highest during these months.

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