Flores Island self drive holiday, the Azores

Price
£1795including UK flights
Duration
12 Days
Countries
Azores, Portugal
Type
Tailor made
More info
Return UK flights and two domestic flights in economy class, 8 day car hire, airport transfers on Sao Miguel, one excursion as stated - boat trip to Corvo Island - and 11 nights accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis.
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Description of Flores Island self drive holiday, the Azores

Price information

£1795including UK flights
Return UK flights and two domestic flights in economy class, 8 day car hire, airport transfers on Sao Miguel, one excursion as stated - boat trip to Corvo Island - and 11 nights accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Azores
If you think of an ocean as a desert, then a cluster of islands is an oasis. By catching the rain, they allow plant life to thrive. They also create e...
Portugal
Portugal once ruled a global empire but today quietly tends its own patch. Those looking in discern immense coastline, glorious little-explored interi...

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

The Azores, as a destination, boasts a wide diversity of opportunities for environmentally friendly leisure and recreation and received the highest sustainability score on the Global Sustainable Tourism Review conducted by Green Destinations, an international sustainability support system used to measure, monitor and improve the sustainability profile of destinations and regions. It recently implemented an innovative governance system of Protected Areas aiming to improve the management of nature and conservation and ensures the ecological structure and connectivity of the archipelago. The archipelago enjoys sustainable practices ranging from a rich and protected marine life, protected nature areas with well regulated hiking trails to an “eco-school” and the renewable energy use on the island. Water management has been improved by the Regional Plan for Water (PRAA), which aims to encourage a rational use of water.

Aware of the geo-tourism potential of the archipelago and aiming to conserve the Azorean volcanic landscapes, the regional and local authorities adopted a geo-tourism strategy which included the creation and implementation of a Geopark. With 121 geosites spread over the nine islands and surrounding seafloor, the Azores Geopark has recently been included in the European Geopark Network (EGN), achieving international recognition. The development of geotourism in the Azores has contributed to sustainable tourism, promoting the local economy and minimizing the sociocultural and environmental impacts of tourism.

Our local agents encourage those that work with them and their visitors to embrace responsible tourism in the Azores, making environmentally friendly, sustainable, ethical, and respectful choices while travelling.
They are committed to preserving the regions unique environment and a portion of their profits goes towards various conservation projects in Sao Miguel such as Life Priolo. The Priolo (or Azores Bullfinch) is a bird species endemic to Sao Miguel island, specifically to the mountain area of Serra da Tronqueira in the east of the island. Numbers are estimated to be in the region of 775 birds and it is the most threatened passerine bird in Europe and listed as critically endangered.

Our local agents utilise all the available recycling options in their Ponta Delgada office, including paper, cardboard, printer toner cartridges and excess holiday brochures. Both hotels featured on this tour subscribe to the international standard to request that all guests re-use towels and bedding, turn off lights and air-conditioning units while out of the room and avoid littering in their local environment. In addition to this, the restaurant at Aldeia da Cuada uses 100% local products for the delicious meals they create.

People

We select suppliers whose businesses are owned and managed by local ecologists, biologists and marine biologists who strive to educate visitors and protect the natural landscape of these beautiful islands. Only local guides who are aware of local customs and cultures are employed which not only keeps the funds paid to staff within the local community but also helps avoid any potential cultural clashes between visitors and locals.

Our local agents are also committed to helping the local community. Rabo de Peixe is a small village situated on the north coast of the island of São Miguel in the Azores. It is known as the poorest village in Portugal due to its high birth rate and problems relating to alcoholism, school absenteeism and general lack of special teaching classes and, in some cases, domestic abuse. The Project “Rabo de Peixe Sabe Sonhar” (Rabo de Peixe dream maker) was created in 2004 by Jesuit priests in collaboration with a group of young university students. Their objective was to provide holidays for the underprivileged children of Rabo de Peixe. Our local agents are supporting the work of this worthy cause.

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