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Top Azores Outdoor Activities

Perched in the Atlantic Ocean northwest of Madeira, the nine-island archipelago forming Portugal's Azores is fast gaining popularity as an unspoiled vacation paradise where nature rules. Here are your options for outdoor adventures in the Azores.


Hiking & Canyoning

Hiking trails are plentiful across the volcanic interior of the Azores, from trekking up Mt. Pico for the chance to spot rare Azorean bullfinches to seven-hour hikes past waterfalls and beaches to the fumarole fields (hot springs) at Furnas. Less taxing options include a circular walk around Fogo Lake on São Miguel, with plenty of swimming opportunities for kids. Those interested in canyoning can canyon down waterfalls in Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park (Parque Natural Ribeira dos Caldeirões) and traverse the area's canyons, crater lakes, and lava rock caves.


Deep-Sea Fishing

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the waters around the Azores teem with life. Big-game fishing is big business, with the season running from April until October. During these months, boat tours head off daily into deep waters off São Miguel to chase down yellow-fin tuna, swordfish, and blue marlin; experienced crew members are on hand to encourage and instruct novices on technique.


Dolphin and Whale Spotting

The sheltered waters around the Azores are ideal for sailing tours, including romantic sunset trips along the Ponta Delgada coastline of São Miguel with regular chances to swim with bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins if the weather and sea conditions are right. Eco-friendly whale-watching adventures run year-around, and sightings are virtually guaranteed between July and September. Turtles and flying fish are also often encountered.


Swimming and Snorkeling

Due to their volcanic history, the waters around the Azores are warmed by thermal springs; head to Ponta da Ferraria on São Miguel to swim in water heated to a comforting 82°F (28°C). The cold-water reefs that surround each island abound with fish, coral and color, and São Jorge is one of the best destinations for snorkeling. Expert instructors at the island’s dive center provide safety gear and make several trips out to the reef per day.

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Quad Biking - Sete Cidades from Ponta Delgada (Half Day)4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Quad Biking - Sete Cidades from Ponta Delgada (Half Day)

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On this tour you will be the driver of an ATV and this will probably be the best way to feel the Island. This tour will take you to the highest points of the mountains that surround the Crater of Sete Cidades, by offroads that will provide you incredible views and the perfect mix between nature and adventure.  
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HIKING XL (Full Day Private Tour)Hiking & Camping

HIKING XL (Full Day Private Tour)

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Private tour and the time to end depends on you, no rush at all! This tour is perfect for you that want to feel the nature in one full day! Make two trails in one day! In the easy way! know all the trails in this fantastic island has to offer and discover more trails create by us. Come with us and see beautiful hiking trails in our unique landscapes. Choose the trails that fits best on you. Always surrounded by green, volcanic and ocean scenery with beautiful cliffs. If you want to know more information about this tour, please contact us by email.
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Sport Fishing trip in Terceira

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Sail in the incredible waters near Terceira on this fishing tour. Enjoy the feeling of packing light, as all fishing bait, rods, and fishing equipment is provided. You won’t have to worry about having sailing experience, as your boat comes with experienced crew members, so you can concentrate on the fishing. The boat has toilet facilities, a fridge, and seating areas. If you catch a fish—the crew can recommend restaurants that will cook it for you. 
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Buggy Tour - Sete Cidades | Amazing Off-Road to the Twin LakesNature & Wildlife

Buggy Tour - Sete Cidades | Amazing Off-Road to the Twin Lakes

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Feel the thrill and adrenaline with an off-road driving on São Miguel Island, where natural landscapes and volcanic craters predominate. With us be the driver on the UTV Can-Am and explore the best of Azores though paths that no other companies can reach! We have 4 or 2 seated Buggy where you can enjoy the best ride of your life. A unique tour that you will remember for ever. On the tour to Sete Cidades, be ready for the landscapes of the volcanic crater, its flora and fauna in a totally immersive. Get off the tourist circuit to discover natural jewels, this tour is perfect for an introduction to the Azores that contains a mixture of incredible views, mountains, lagoons and coastal views, while our guide informs you about the local culture and history. Don't worry, our buggies are automatic and easy to handle!
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Canyoning Experience - half dayClimbing

Canyoning Experience - half day

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This is super fun activity in the middle of wild nature of the Azores Islands. Suitable to all ages and people. Come jump, slide, abseil and climb with us the unique waterlines of Nordeste
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West side off-road tourNature & Wildlife

West side off-road tour

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Gather your family and friends and come explore Terceira Island aboard our UTV! • A UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) allows you to be the driver of your own adventure. We guide, you drive! •  Offers greater comfort and safety than a ATV. • Is equipped with a fully automatic transmission
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Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat TourNature & Wildlife

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Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour

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With sightings possible all year round, the Azores Islands are one of the best places for whale watching in the Atlantic. Set sail around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo on a cruise, accompanied by a marine biologist guide, and look out for sperm and pilot whales, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life.
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Caves Tour (and much more) in Terceira IslandNature & Wildlife

Caves Tour (and much more) in Terceira Island

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Have you ever imagined visiting the earth’s womb? Well, by choosing this tour that is, in fact, what you’ll do, discovering Terceira Island most iconic volcanic cavities. The Azores native vegetation and Terceira Island bulls dotting the surrounding agriculture fields, will do you company while you cross Guilherme Moniz Caldera. But, once this tour is about Caves, we’ll take you to Gruta do Natal (Christmas Cave)*, a lava tube of great geological interest; to Furnas do Enxofre, which are some sulphur caverns, where you can watch the earth breathing, as well as the beautiful natural landscape around it. As the best is always saved to the end, it is time to visit Algar do Carvão Natural Monument, without a doubt, the ex-libris of Terceira Island. We recommend you to bring comfortable clothes and footwear. And of course... your camera. You will capture beautiful memories, for sure. Feel and experience nature in its purest state!
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8-Hour Private Tour in 4x4 Vehicle from Ponta DelgadaFull-day Tours

8-Hour Private Tour in 4x4 Vehicle from Ponta Delgada

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Discover the Azores at your own pace with a private full-day tour. Get picked up at your hotel and set off for a 4x4 adventure that can be customized according to your preferences. Skip the hassle of a rental car and learn about the island’s history from your guide.
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Side by Side - Sete Cidades from Ponta Delgada (Half Day)4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Side by Side - Sete Cidades from Ponta Delgada (Half Day)

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On this tour you will be the driver of an UTV and this will probably be the best way to see and to feel the Island. This tour will take you to the highest points of the mountains that surround the Crater of Sete Cidades, by offroads that will provide you incredible views and the perfect mix between nature and adventure.
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Mistérios Negros Trail: Full Day TourDay Trips

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Mistérios Negros Trail: Full Day Tour

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This Tour combines hiking and sightseing in one day making it a complete adventure! It's also the perfect match to our Terceira Express Tour since it explores the west coast of the island. We first start at the most famous hiking trail in the Island, which goes around one of the most recent eruptions on the island, going amongst a great number of native plants and trees and also amazing Volcanology! After the trail we'll enjoy an amazing lunch with local food followed by some visits of our West coast and the incredible Natal Cave! Lunch Included Natal Cave Included
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Off the Beaten Track Half Day Sete Cidades Jeep Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Off the Beaten Track Half Day Sete Cidades Jeep Tour

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Discover the western portion of Sao Miguel Island on this half-day Jeep tour. Visit the volcanic crater at Sete Cidades and surrounding lakes and and take in the beautiful vista from 650 meters. Then explore the nearby local villages and learn about the Azorean culture form your informative guide before heading back to Ponta Delgada.
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BEST VIEW TOUR (Full Day Private Tour)Day Trips

BEST VIEW TOUR (Full Day Private Tour)

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This is an excellent pick for first-time visitors to Terceira. Get the most out of your time by going on a comprehensive day tour that covers the island’s best views and most spectacular scenery. Avoid the hassle of organizing car rental and enjoy having a driver for the day to take you between dispersed sites.
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Half-Day Lagoa do Fogo Tour 4x4Half-day Tours

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Half-Day Lagoa do Fogo Tour 4x4

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Discover the extraordinary Lagoa do Fogo on this half-day guided 4X4 tour from Ponta Delgada. This tour explores the memorable caldera, Lagoa do Fogo which means Lake of Fire. Along this voyage, you will visit natural hot pools, lush green hillsides and learn about the island’s fascinating geology.
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Full-Day ATV Sete Cidades Tour with lunch from Ponta DelgadaDay Trips

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Full-Day ATV Sete Cidades Tour with lunch from Ponta Delgada

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Explore the natural wonders of the Azores islands on a full-day ATV adventure from Ponta Delgada and venture off-road around the Setes Cidades crater lake. Enjoy stunning views of Empadadas Lakes, Canário Lake, and Silence Bay; take a swim in the Ferraria thermal pool; and tuck into a delicious Azorean lunch.
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Van Tour Ribeira Grande + LagoaDay Trips

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Van Tour Ribeira Grande + Lagoa

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Beginning of the tour, with a visit to the Lagoa city and stop at ceramic factory Vieira, only in the Azores with pottery and manufacture of traditional pottery. Then, we continue towards Pico da Barrosa, from where you can contemplate the Lagoa do Fogo. The tour continues with a descent to the North Coast and stop at the Regional Natural Monument of Caldeira Velha, where you can enjoy the lush greenery and enjoy a thermal bath. Lunch will be served at local restaurant and traditional of Ribeira Grande. After lunch, we will take a walk where we can visit the main points of interest of the northern city and admire the fine examples of local architecture, very present in this place. The tour continues with a visit to one of the almost obligatory passage points, the liquour factory of Eduardo Ferreira, with taste of the regional liquors there produced. Return to Ponta Delgada is made by the North coast of the island.
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Private tour - Terceira islandDay Trips

Private tour - Terceira island

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Spend the day exploring Terceira Island, part of the spectacular Azores archipelago, on a stress-free day trip from Angra do Heroismo. Alongside a guide, you’ll tick off top Terceira Island attractions such as Monte Brasil, Serra do Cume, and the Biscoitos, swimming pools formed by the cooled volcanic magma. For added convenience, lunch and hotel pickup are included.
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Furnas Day Trip Including Terra Nostra Park Thermal BathNature & Wildlife

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Furnas Day Trip Including Terra Nostra Park Thermal Bath

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Explore the rich Furnas Valley on this full-day tour from Ponta Delgada. This portion of Sao Miguel Island was created by the Furnas Volcano and is abundant in lush greenery and relaxing natural hot springs. Enjoy an authentic Portuguese lunch, cozido das Furnas, cooked underground from the heat of the Earth and even visit Europe’s last remaining tea plantation.
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Whale Watching in the Azores, Terceira Island | OceanEmotionNature & Wildlife

Whale Watching in the Azores, Terceira Island | OceanEmotion

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It’s possible to spot whales and dolphins around the Azores Islands all year round and a marine biologist guide will ensure you maximize your chances. Set sail on a 3-hour cruise from Angra do Heroísmo, enjoy spectacular views of the islands’ beaches and bays.
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Private Tour Sete CidadesHalf-day Tours

Private Tour Sete Cidades

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Enjoy the pleasure of being close to nature in an all-terrain vehicle, comfortably, traveling on dirt roads and less used roads breaking through agricultural paths and areas of the Laurissilva forest, bogs, cryptomeria forests, pastures and hedges of hydrangeas, providing a different look of the main places of tourist interest. There will be numerous scenarios that invite you to take a break to enjoy the view and take pictures. You can choose half-day or full-day tours to participate in this unique experience.
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Hiking Baias de Agualva - Terceira islandNature & Wildlife

Hiking Baias de Agualva - Terceira island

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The Azores Island offers ample opportunities for hiking and this half-day guided hike explores one of Terceira Island’s most popular trails. Set out on a leisurely 2.5-hour hike around the Bays of Agualva, following a scenic coastal route and enjoying magnificent views over the island’s beaches, bays, and volcanic landscapes.
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São Miguel, Azores - Furnas volcano and hot springs half dayEco Tours

São Miguel, Azores - Furnas volcano and hot springs half day

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Visit some of Sao Miguel’s most beautiful sites on this action-packed half-day tour. Save time organizing your own transport by having hotel pickup and drop-off included. You’ll travel with a guide along the coast, stopping off at interesting sites en route, such as Santa Iris viewpoint, a tea factory, Pico do Ferro viewpoint, and Furnas Volcano and Hot Springs. You’ll also get to see a natural kitchen where volcano heat is used to cook food.
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Half-Day Hike: Ribeira Funda Watermills & WaterfallsHiking & Camping

Half-Day Hike: Ribeira Funda Watermills & Waterfalls

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The main points of interest on this trail are the remains of a group of watermills, various waterfalls at the end of Ribeira Funda stream, and sweeping views of the east and west coasts of the island of São Miguel. • Enjoy a hike and get dramatic views of the east and west coasts • Snap some photos of cascading waterfalls, lush scenery, and beautiful landscapes • Stroll through this trail and check out beautiful local plant varieties • Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of real nature
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ATV Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV Tour

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It can be tiring if you try to walk around Terceira Island. Rest your feet, and take an ATV tour starting in Angra do Heroísmo instead. Zoom around the island with a guide who knows the best ways to go to see the sights, and stop at a local cheese factory for a snack. This ATV tour includes round-trip transport from your hotel.
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