‘Each visit to the islands fills me with the same sense of excitement I experienced on my first trip, and it feels more and more like returning to my second home. My visits usually involve quite a lot of moving around, from island to island in a short space of time – catching up with old friends, visiting new and amazing places to stay, and trying to find new experiences for people who like to travel with us. This year I was joined by my wife Fay and our nine-month-old daughter Hetty, for a more relaxed trip exploring the main island of Sao Miguel.
‘Going on holiday for the first time with a small child can be quite daunting, but having travelled extensively around the Azores I felt the islands would be a good choice for our first family trip abroad. The Azores was the perfect choice for us: relaxed, safe and easy-going. And as many people who travel with Archipelago say, it was one of the best holidays we’ve ever had’.
‘The island of Sao Miguel is the perfect choice for a family adventure. There are direct flights from the UK which take less than four hours, there are plenty of charming family-friendly places to stay and getting around is pretty easy too. Our accommodation for the week was a lovely self-catering farmhouse on the north coast called Casa Lareira, with plenty of space for everyone and a good base to explore from. We visited in July and the weather was amazing, with temperatures in the mid-twenties everyday, and so the swimming pool in the grounds of the house was put to good use!
‘It was amazing to be there with my family – to share many of the experiences I’ve enjoyed over the years and to be their personal tour guide. We did many of the things I usually suggest to people when creating Sao Miguel holidays – enjoying the views of the vast Sete Cidades crater, driving to Furnas Lake to visit the cooking holes, spending the day at Praia de Agua d’Alto beach, whale and dolphin watching (we were treated to a sperm whale breaching; something I’ve never seen before!), and wandering the streets of friendly Ponta Delgada. My father-in-law and I even managed to fit in a round of golf at Batalha and a day out bird watching with our good friend Gerby!
‘Having a car for the week makes perfect sense on Sao Miguel – driving is really easy and it’s impossible to get lost. Around every corner, you’ll stumble across another stunning viewpoint or interesting village where you can stop for a wander. This trip felt much more like a holiday, experiencing things from the ‘other side’ as it were, and Hetty had a great time too. Even though she didn’t have a clue where she was, she still enjoyed our the summer holiday must-dos of swimming and eating ice cream! Who knows, hopefully we’ll have created some happy memories which will be triggered next time she’s on Sao Miguel’.
Azores Choice provided a prompt, helpful service. they found us the perfect accommodation for our needs and provided superb, expert advice on how to spend our week walking on San Miguel. I would certainly use them again.
Joan from Durham
Recommended small travel company!
Great little company with friendly staff. Organisation of flights & accommodation very efficient. When problems arise they are helpful and very reasonable in their efforts to resolve them. We would definitely use them again for a return trip.
Really great! Would use again!
Very efficient, friendly, helpful. Excellent local knowledge. Everything ran very smoothly, from supplying the tickets to airport pick ups and hotel bookings. Lovely accommodation selected. No complaints!
A wonderful break in a beautiful environment!
Everything was excellent. The information and organisation, the hotel and the island itself all exceeded our expectations. Whale watching and other trips out, fantastic. We will book again!
Great honeymoon package and experience!
They provided a great package at a good price. We found them to be helpful and a quality service was provided.
Nicola and Christopher – Winchester
Top notch service. Highly recommended!
Excellent service throughout. Very informative, with lots of literature, maps and the like. Attended their offices in Ponta Delgada – very impressed with Olivia, friendly and helpful. Paul was first class.
Lynne in Welton-by-Lincoln
Great company for first time Azores visit!
Really great company, will be recommending them. We had never visited the Azores before but this company helped us decided which islands to visit.
Brilliant holiday organised by an excellent company!
Friendly, helpful, professional and completely geared to us as individuals.
John and Janice
Very helpful staff, and the trips they organised for us were excellent with knowledgeable guides.
A really wonderful holiday!
We normally travel independently, but I am go glad that we used Archipelago Choice – their insider knowledge was really helpful in making the most of our time.
Valerie – Brighton