The Azores Islands are a group of nine magical islands in the Atlantic. Holidays in the Azores, Portugal are unlike any other, and the landscapes and wildlife in the Azores is particularly spectacular. The bright green of the land and the gleaming white of the little self catering Azores cottages contrast spectacularly with the rich blues and bright cold of the many little lagoons and bays that form the coastline of the nine islands, attracting artists and nature lovers from every corner of the globe.
The pace of life you will experience on your holidays to the Azores, Portugal is magnificent. It is just a shame that one day your holidays in the Azores Islands will come to an end! Immersing yourself in the unique culture of the Azores, Portugal is a joy, and there are a great deal of festivals, fairs and events throughout the local calendar to get involved with, where traditional music, food and dance still take main stage.
The beaches of the Azores Islands are a mixed bag, but each remains almost impossibly picturesque, with steep cliffs that plunge into the deep blue waters of the Atlantic. Water sports absolutely thrive in the islands, especially sailing, windsurfing and surfing, and there are little ports on almost every island.
Whale watching in the Azores, Portugal, is particularly popular, and trips whale watching in the Azores can be taken from any one of five separate islands. The wildlife of the Azores is incredible, both on land and in the sea. Swimming with dolphins and deep sea fishing trips are particularly special from self catering Azores holiday rentals, as you really get a sense of being far from land, in a world where these magnificent creatures are truly at home. On land, there are infinite Azores walks to enjoy, often taking you through the natural, unspoilt habitats of Azores wildlife, especially some of the 227 bird species that call the Azores home. There are many guided Azores walks to join should you like to benefit from the huge experience of the Azores tourist guides and nature wardens. Pico Island is especially good for Azores walks, with great trails of varying difficultly all around the island.
There are even two golf courses to play on holiday in the Azores, Portugal. Both the courses, Azalea and Cadars, are located on Sao Miguel, offering testing golf, stunning views and plenty of luxurious self catering Azores accommodation nearby.
The nine islands in the Azures Islands are Corvo, Flores, Graciosa, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Terceira, Sao Miguel and Santa Maria.
Despite their vulnerable position of the Azores, Portugal, unprotected out in the middle of the Atlantic, the climate remains a temperate maritime climate. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream keep the Azores Islands warmer than you might imagine, with average monthly temperatures reaching over 20°C from June until the end of September, and winter averages remaining above 15°C, which is amazingly warm. Rain and storms are not uncommon though, and can strike at any time.
There are small airports on each of the islands, but in order to start a self catering holiday in the Azores, Portugal, you must fly to Ponta Delgada (PDL), the only airport receiving direct flights to the Azores from the UK. The Ponta Delgada, or Joao Paulo II Airport, is located on Sao Miguel Island, and receives direct flights to the Azores from London and Manchester (MAN) with SATA International Airlines.