Activity holidays in the Azores rely on nature. It’s the wild landscapes of this nine-island archipelago that create the opportunities for these adventures – whether that’s the nutrient-rich ocean that’s a playground for whale watching boat trips, the dramatic canyons of Flores, or the flower-strewn hiking trails and vineyards on Pico.
“We have lots of people chatting away with happy faces,” says Paulo Medeiros, reflecting on the reactions of guests on our activity holiday on São Miguel
. “You know that guests are out of their comfort zone and that the feeling of doing these activities in nature brings them happiness. It’s something special.”
Paulo is co-founder and guide at our partner Fun Activities Azores. He meticulously designs trips that support the communities and environment you travel through. Over the last few years, his team have been working with local people to set out a new canyoning and hiking trail on São Miguel, easing the pressure on well-worn routes.
Elsewhere, income from whale watching trips funds long-standing marine conservation programmes, while island hopping voyages take you to islands like Corvo – a little-known bird watching outpost that rarely sees the economic and social benefits of tourism. These activity holidays don’t just offer you exciting things to do – they’re designed and led by people who give you real insight into the Azores.
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