‘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’.
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Our island hopping holiday to the Azores was absolutely amazing,
This is a long email, so you might want to go grab yourself a cuppa before you start reading.
We just wanted to send you an email to say thank you so much for everything.
Our island hopping holiday to the Azores was absolutely amazing, it was far beyond our dreams and expectations, and that is certainly because of you and all your plans in putting this together for us. We just loved every second (apart from me and canyoning, we do not get along, but the boys absolutely loved it!) we just can’t believe all the things that we have seen, and done, and learned about! What an incredible place!
We have certainly been bitten by the Azorean bug and we can’t wait to get back there to explore the other islands. They’re very special places, each of them for their own right.
We felt as though we were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived in Sao Miguel, even the weather was kind to us (largely) we seemed to miss the adverse weather, either arriving somewhere that had had storms the day before, or leaving just before they arrived. We did have one morning of heavy rain when we went to the tropical gardens at Furnas, but we did manage to see some of the gardens before we gave up and went back to Caloura, where there was glorious sunshine, so we spent the afternoon at the pool and made the most of the Especial and fresh lemonade from the snack bar.
Every single person that we met, we were struck by how hard they work, and how happy they all are. Many of them never leaving the island they were born on, because, why would they want to?!
We love the Azorean people and their love and pride for their islands. Their sustainable way of living also struck deep with us. It’s the way we try very hard to live ourselves. Dave’s business is retrofit insulation, preparing old housing stock to a better more eco friendly way of conserving energy, so the way they live and respect their land, was of great interest to us.
For us all, Flores is a very special place. We went to the restaurant maresia while we were there and met the owner and his son. Although the restaurant itself is eclectic to say the least, after chatting to Vincent, we understood his dads way of living and the food was outstanding! We can’t wait to visit again.
All of our guides were amazing! Their knowledge and passion is admirable.
We just loved every second and can’t thank you enough for making our trip so smooth and completely stress free.
I will spend today writing reviews online for all the companies and guides that helped us on our trip.
A million thanks to you all Jake.
The Cole family
Personal service and efficient!
You really listened to what type of holiday we wanted and tailored our week accordingly. You understood what we were looking for and were so helpful and knowledgeable. Very personal service and efficient!
Linda from Norfolk
Professional and personal service!
Everything you do, you seem to do it professionally. I know I’m not your only client, but you make me feel like I am.
Bryan from Stoke
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.