Discover wild landscapes and rugged coasts teeming with wildlife on an Azores cruise. A remote archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores islands were settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Some believe the Azores to be all that’s left of the fabled Atlantis. Today, they represent a peaceful haven for those wanting to reconnect to nature and enjoy a slower pace.
Embrace your adventurous side on Azores cruises. The diverse topography of these islands creates plenty of outdoorsy opportunities – from whale watching and sailing to mountain-biking and horse-riding. The unspoilt environment is protected by a series of parks, marine reserves and UNESCO biospheres. Visit the island of Graciosa, known as the White Island, to discover the dramatic Caldeira da Graciosa crater.
On a transatlantic cruise, take the pace down a notch in the Azores by strolling through gentle undulating vineyards and atmospheric villages, before marvelling at natural wonders like Mount Pico.
Discover the history of this peaceful archipelago on our Azores cruises by visiting the town of Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira island. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s home to well-preserved 16th century maritime forts from when it was a significant port on transatlantic trade routes. Look out for the ornate Baroque churches and cathedrals, too.
Soak in the Azores’ magnificent landscape at sites like the underwater Capelinhos Volcano. Learn all about the 1957 eruption at the educational centre, which occupies the first floor of a historic lighthouse. Or, you might brave hiking Mount Pico, which is the highest mountain in Portugal at 2,351m.
Pico island has been producing wine since the 15th century. Known as the Criação Velha, this wine-growing area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and uses black volcanic basalt to create plots that expose the vines to the sun and protect them from the wind. Why not sample some wine varieties for yourself?
On one of our Azores cruises, you’ll visit the lively port of Ponta Delgada. This is the archipelago’s historic capital, located on São Miguel island. Enter via the grand, 3-arched gates and look out for the intricate and gothic-style Church of St Sebastian.
Immerse yourself in the culture and landscapes of the Azores with one of our shore excursions. Choose from eco adventures, wine-tasting in the mountains or tucking into local cuisine.
On our Ponta Delgada City Tour, you’ll experience photogenic architecture, immersive military museums and fascinating lava tubes. Take a stroll through the symbolic old gates of the city, which were built in the 18th century. Seek some shade in the ornate Church of São Sebastião, famous for its striking clocktower.
This caldera ranks amongst the Azores’ most breath-taking sights. You can go hiking in the dense, forested cliffs around the Sete Cidades, and admire the two glittering lakes at the centre of the crater. On our shore excursion, you’ll wind down after your walk with a delicious wine-tasting.
On your Azores cruise, we’ll take you deep into the rustic farmland of the Ribeira Grande. Our tour ends at one of the Azores’ most stunning mountain lakes, Fire Lake (also known as Lagoa do Fogo), which was created by a volcanic eruption in 1563.
The Ponta Delgada cruise terminal is just seven minutes’ walk from the centre of town, so you’re all set to start exploring as soon as we dock. The Azores have a subtropical oceanic climate, with warm summers and cool winters. We sail to the Azores between April and October, when the temperatures are the highest. For this reason, it’s a good idea to pack sun cream, a hat and plenty of light, breathable layers on your Mediterranean cruise or Transatlantic cruise. If you’re planning on hiking and getting active, bring some walking boots and waterproofs.
The currency in the Azores is the Euro. Most places will take credit cards and ATMs are widely available, but it’s a good idea to take a little bit of cash with you, in case you feel like eating at a beach-side restaurant or buying a souvenir from a market.