Emma Ryan

I’ve been part of the Archipelago Choice team for three years now and have enjoyed several visits the Azores (visiting all the islands except Corvo) and spent three weeks exploring the incredible islands of Sao Tome and Principe.  Highlights so far include joining our Azores Lesser Visited Islands Guided Walking holiday, and seeing turtles, snorkelling and kayaking on Sao Tome and Principe.

I’ve always had an interest in wildlife and after studying for my Masters in Conservation Biology, I spent a year volunteering on wildlife research projects in South Africa.  I saw my first whales (southern right whales) here and will never forget how exciting and awe-inspiring those moments were.

When I’m not working you’ll find me swimming in a lake, running in the fells or on my road bike, training for a local triathlon.  I love adventure travel and have recently returned from trips to Kurdistan and Nepal.  Next time I visit the Azores I would love to swim with dolphins and I’m really hoping to dive in Sao Tome and Principe on the next visit.


Emma Ryan
Island specialist
01768 721040

My favourite part of the Azores

Terceira, known as The Lilac Isle, so called because of its captivating pastel sunsets, is a vibrant place of people, culture and colour.

Home to the UNESCO world heritage town, Angra do Heroismo, with its cobbled streets and quiet charm, Terceira’s rugged interior contains spectacular cave systems and pristine areas of Azorean flora . While its coast boasts vineyards, natural swimming pools and smooth roads ideal for cycling.

My favourite activity in the Azores

Walking is one of the best ways to get to know the Azores, and our self-guided walking holidays cover the most stunning parts of the islands. We provide the route notes and walk maps and the rest is up to you.

São Miguel is a great introduction to walking in the Azores and there are some wonderful crater lake and coastal walks.

The other islands also offer a great variety including an ascent of the highest mountain in Portugal (Mt Pico 2351m), a walk along the west coast of Flores and its curtain of spectacular waterfalls, a trail across land that spewed out of the Atlantic just 60 years ago and the famous 3 Fajã walk on São Jorge where you’ll witness secluded lagoons as you stroll between coastal plains.

My favourite accommodation in the Azores

Azor Hotel is a luxurious addition to the Ponta Delgada hotels.

This stunning modern hotel opened in May 2016 and is located in Portas do Mar – the seafront area by the marina – just 15 minutes walk to the very centre of Ponta Delgada on São Miguel.

It has 123 sea view rooms comprising 117 standard rooms (30-37m square) and 6 suites (74/92m square) with free high speed internet access, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar, ipod dock, bathrobe, TV and balcony with sea view.

The Azor Hotel also has a spectacular rooftop outdoor pool and bar, spa, gym, excellent restaurant and a wine and cheese shop.

Parking is available on site (pre booking necessary) at a cost of around €15 per day.

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