If you’re thinking of spending your family holiday in the Azores this summer, it’s really easy to split your stay between two of our favourite islands: Sao Miguel and Faial.

Week one.

Sao Miguel’s an exciting, bustling place to be in the summertime; great if you like exploring new places and we can give you plenty of ways to exhaust the kids. Faial’s a very different island – it’s peaceful, relaxing; there’s a much slower pace of life on Faial, making it the ideal place to wind-down and enjoy spending time together. What’s common to both islands is that you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

We can include a whale and dolphin watching trip during your stay on Sao Miguel – canyoning’s also an exhilarating, fun-packed family day out, and a visit to Sao Miguel wouldn’t be complete without a day exploring the great crater at Sete Cidades. The guide prices we’ve popped in below include four activities, so we can help you to pick & mix the ones that most appeal to you.

Week two.

You’ll inevitably spend time in Faial’s capital Horta – home to some marvellous early 19th Century architecture. You’ll also explore Faial’s the ever-verdurous Caldeira do Cabeço Gordo and the beautifully-barren landscapes of the Vulcão dos Capelinhos peninsula. You’ll head to sea for a swim with wild dolphins – a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For this Family Holiday, we have a hand-picked selection of amazing properties for you to choose from – some modern, some traditional depending on your preference. We always advise booking early.

Quinta Altamira  – two bedroom cottage

Casa Lareira –   – three bedroom house

Casa das Pedras  – three bedroom house

Marina Mar  – three bedroom apartment

Quinta de Santana  – two bedroom apartment


You'll begin by flying from the UK to Sao Miguel. Our driver will collect you from your flight for the fifteen-minute drive to your accommodation.
We’ll arrange for your hire car will be delivered at 10:00 to allow you to begin exploring the wider island.

In the afternoon, you’ll head to the marina in the nearby town of Vila Franca, for a whale and dolphin watching trip from the local marina.
You might like to spend today exploring Ponta Delgada; capital of the Azores and the main town on the island.
You might like to head west today, to spend the day exploring the great crater at Sete Cidades.
Heading east, you could spend today swimming in the geothermal pools and hot springs in Furnas.
If you’d like a more energetic day, you might like to include a guided canyoning trip.
For your final full day on Sao Miguel, you might like to walk the Lagoa do Fogo trail - the island’s most popular Levada trail.
You'll return your hire car to the airport, before flying to the island of Faial. You'll collect a new hire car on arrival at Faial airport before driving to your new accommodation.
You’ll head into Horta today – the main harbour town on the island. You’ll head to sea from the marina in the afternoon, for a swimming with dolphins trip.
You'll spend today with our resident guide on a guided jeep tour of Faial.
You might like to drive down to Varadouro for a swim in the natural rock pools. Rather than packing a picnic lunch, we often prefer to pack BBQ supplies: there are lots of purpose built public BBQ areas dotted around the island - you just need to bring your charcoal, utensils and food.
You might like to catch the morning ferry to the neighbouring island of Pico for a guided tour. Pico’s just a short, thirty-minute ferry ride across the channel from Horta and our resident guide offers a number of different tours.
Another of our favourite swimming spot is the bay at Porto Pim - spend the morning at Praia Porto Pim beach, with an afternoon stroll up the nearby extinct volcano Monta da Guia.
Time for a last relaxing day on Faial, with a bit of packing before tomorrow flight home.
You'll return your hire car to the airport before flying home.

From £1957 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

What's included ? Self-catering accommodation on each island, airport transfers, a hire car on both islands, a whale watching trip and a swimming with dolphins trip, and a full day jeep tour of Faial. With regards to the price, there are a few different ways of travelling to the islands and tyhe cost does depend on which property you choose - we try to include a realistic guide price and once we've had a chat regarding your holiday, we'll send you a detailed itinerary which includes an exact price.


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