With good flight and ferry connections, São Jorge is one of the most scenically dramatic and friendly islands in the Azores. Its picturesque capital, Velas, is a sleepy harbour town dating from the mid 1400s and has a delightful traditional Azorean bandstand in the main square.
It’s a long narrow island with steep cliffs which make for spectacular walking but just hiring a car and exploring the country lanes stopping at the many viewpoints is a great way to discover São Jorge.
Sit out in the evening with a drink at one of Velas' bars and listen to the unique cries of the Cory Shearwater as they return from their day out fishing. The Topo islet, at the east end of the island, with its nesting and resting areas for many resident migratory birds including the Shearwater, has been classified a Natural Reserve.
One of the most beautiful walks in the Azores heads off from the top of the island down to Fajã do Santo Cristo with its pretty church and lagoon where one of the island’s delicacies, clams, are farmed. These Fajãs are a famous highlight on São Jorge - they are coastal plains which lie at the foot of the steep volcanic cliffs and home to most of the villages on the island.
And while you are there don’t forget to sample the famous São Jorge cheese - a strong cheddar style cheese. There are 10,000 people living on São Jorge but twice as many cows so you'll see milking bales and cheese tasting cooperatives all round the island. Visit the church of Santa Barbara at Manadas, one of the finest examples of religious architecture in the Azores, containing glazed tile work, carved ceilings and rich gilded altars.
Walking, walking and more walking. There are so many trails to choose from on São Jorge and the island is home to some of the best walks in the Azores. When you're not walking, it's easy to drive around not forgetting to stop to gaze over the channel to Mt Pico and enjoy the forest parks. Canyoning here can be challenging but great for the more experienced.
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
Our customers know that Feefo reviews are the real deal. We trust Feefo to independently collect reviews from our customers
Feefo believe that only authentic reviews are worth collecting: genuine feedback that has been matched to a holiday with us
Often referred to as Europe’s best kept secret, this spectacular group of 9 volcanic islands lie 950 miles west of Lisbon. With their mild climate, geothermal pools, crater lakes and lush green scenery the islands are perfect for active holidays for all ages.
Sao Tome and Principe is Africa’s best kept secret, it’s not the easiest place to get to, and it’s also not for everyone. But it’s worth the effort if you’re adventurous and looking for a safe and fairly untouched and undiscovered holiday destination.
Cape Verde is an archipelago of dramatic beauty and cultural vibrancy. With its all-year-round warm climate, a variety of unique islands to explore, and stunning sun-drenched beaches, it’s enjoyed by adventurer-seekers, holiday makers and families alike.