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Make a holiday rental home or self catering villa in Azores, Portugal your home away from home

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.

Things to do in Azores, Portugal

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.

Places to visit on holiday in Azores, Portugal

The nine islands in the Azures Islands are Corvo, Flores, Graciosa, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Terceira, Sao Miguel and Santa Maria.

Weather in the Azores, Portugal

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.

Travel to Azores, Portugal

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.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      It is what is says....'Romantic house with sea views'

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                                                                                                      This is a lovely house, full of character, all rooms are spacious with beautiful high wooden beam vaulted ceilings. Furniture is simple and tasteful, in keeping with the house. Great shower although bathroom could do with a little makeover, the sink was a little awkward to use due to position of taps but not a problem. We ate in 4 of our 7 nights as it was such a lovely environment to savour. The kitchen is very well equipped although no oven. There is a long terrace either side, one for sunsets (although not fully), the other for terrific sunrises. Beautiful flowers in the gardens, the views very relaxing and far better than we expected. Candles and flowers on the kitchen table very much appreciated, plus the information leaflets in one of the lounges....nice touches. Our greeting was very welcoming and we felt instantly at home. The position is very peaceful, in a quiet lane with just 2 houses the other side. It is an easy 15 minute to drive to Ponta Delegada where there are numerous restaurants and about the same to Ribiera Grande. There is a good beach approx 10 mins on the north coast just before Ribiera Grande called Santa Barbara (white sign) which also has a good restaurant with sea views. If you are travelling on the south coast between Lagoa and Vila Franca there is a fabulous fish restaurant overlooking the sea at Ponta da Caloura. Driving was very easy and there is so much to see, all the lakes, forests, coasts, tea plantation, hot springs and the hydrangeas along the roadsides are a wonderful picture. We had a fabulous week, so many astounding views and a peaceful haven to return to each night, very special. Thoroughly recommend. Two regrets......firstly not going on a whaling/dolphin trip and secondly not taking up Marcos kind offer of a tour of the pineapple plantation .....another time.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Amazing and very relaxing retreat

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The house and surrounding property is amazing. We have stayed on the Island before but this property and Emilie's hospitality should not be missed. From the amazing vistas, catered meals, restutants recommendations and ideally situated acess to the island it would be difficult to recommend another property. We did blow a fuse which was addressed in a very timely fashion. We truly felt like we were at our own home....Our family on the island also raved about or accommodations! Obrigado Emilie
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect

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                                                                                                      Antonio is a wonderful host, the suite is superb, and the garden is beautiful. The property is very conveniently situated for easy access to Ponta Delgada and the rest of the island, and Capelas itself has plenty of interest. In short: all round perfection. And just so that everybody knows, we didn't vote to leave Europe.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016