I’ve been part of the Archipelago Choice team for four years now and have enjoyed several visits the Azores and the incredible islands of Sao Tome and Principe. Highlights so far include swimming with dolphins in the Azores, and seeing turtles, diving and kayaking on Sao Tome and Principe.
I’ve always had an interest in wildlife and have a masters in Conservation Biology. After studying, I spent a year volunteering on wildlife research projects in South Africa and saw my first whales (southern right whales) here. I 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 out exploring on my road bike. I love adventure travel and have enjoyed adventures in the Peruvian Amazon, Kurdistan, and South East Asia.
Terceira is Portuguese for ‘third’ – as in ‘the third largest island’ and ‘the third island to be populated’ during the Portuguese Age of Discovery. The island’s home to the Azores’ oldest city: UNESCO protected Angra do Heroismo whose cobbled streets, historic architecture and friendly population help give the city a wonderfully relaxing, quiet charm. If you’re looking for Azorean culture and cuisine but without the hustle and bustle of Sao Miguel, Angra’s the place to stay.
Inland, Terceira’s sparsely populated, rugged interior provides a glimpse of how the Azores looked when the first settlers arrived in 1450. Just over 20% of the island is classified as a protected Natural Park – with the aim of conserving what remains of the Terceira’s Laurisilva and Juniper forests. It’s also a very volcanic landscape, formed by criss-crossing eruptions and lava flows which thankfully now leave us with spectacular cave systems and natural seawater swimming pools to enjoy.
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.
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.
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
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