The Azores | Discover The Triangle
Discover the "triangle" of the Azores and take this chance to stop in São Miguel as well!
Why we love this deal:
- The Triangle Islands of the Azores are perfect for those looking to explore a beautiful slice of paradise. Offering three distinct islands, Faial, Pico and São Jorge, and the largest of the archipelago, São Miguel Island, it's no wonder why we love this deal.
- Faial is renowned for its stunning volcano views and picturesque marina. It offers fascinating historical sites such as the Fort of Santa Cruz da Horta and Horta's marina with its impressive paintings and movement, while also delving into nature with a visit to the Capelinhos Volcano.
- Pico Island is home to Portugal’s highest mountain peak, making it a popular destination for climbers looking to summit Mt. Pico at an elevation of 7,713 feet above sea level. The island boasts a complex network of vineyards that stretches toward the ocean, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.
- São Jorge stands out from the others in that it's almost completely covered by mountains, dropping steeply down to the ocean. With all sorts of outdoor activities on offer from kayaking to canyoning, visitors are sure to be spoilt for choice when exploring this idyllic terrain. Don't skip the Fajã do Santo Cristo and Fajã dos Cubres!
- Finally, São Miguel Island is known for its hot springs and geysers located in Furnas Valley, the perfect place to relax after a busy day sightseeing.
- Whether you're looking for an exciting adventure or simply wishing to take in some breathtaking scenery then this package has it all - we are sure you will fall in love with the Triangle Islands of the Azores.
- Customizable: Add more nights to your stay, a rental car, or even local excursions!
About the Destination:
Faial Island is the site of the most recent volcanic eruption in the Azores, which took place along the coast of Capelinhos Village in 1957 and left behind one of the most emblematic landscapes in the whole world! Most famous as a port, Faial historically has been (and remains to this day) a popular stopping point for sailors crossing the Atlantic. The island’s main city, Horta, has a modern, cosmopolitan feel, with travelers from all over the globe gathering at the restaurants and bars along the harbor to swap stories and take in stunning views of Pico Island across the bay.
Pico is home to Pico Mountain, Portugal’s highest peak, which measures over 7,000 ft tall! At such a towering height, it will come as no surprise that hiking Pico is one of Europe’s most popular hiking trails. Characterized by black volcanic soil, Pico Island is covered with basalt (lava rock)-lined vineyards that are official UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Locals have been producing wine here since the 15th century, and they even have a museum dedicated to the pastime’s rich history. Pico Island also boasts one of the world’s longest lava tubes, as well as dozens of natural swimming pools and other amazing sights, including Lagoa do Capitão, Lajido da Criação Velha, whaling museums and much more!
São Jorge Island
São Jorge’s scenery is dramatically beautiful, filled with mountains that tumble into deep ravines, as well as rocky cliffs, crater lakes, and unique fajãs (plains formed by lava flow). Favorites of both visitors and locals alike are the Fajã dos Cubres, which is accessible by car, and the Fajã do Santo Cristo, which is only reachable by foot or moto. This Azores Island is a particular favorite among those who love the outdoors and adventure enthusiasts, as you can do everything here, from mountain biking to canyoning, hiking, canoeing and even spelunking. Of course, no visit to São Jorge is complete without a stop at the island’s cheese factory, where they produce the famed Queijo São Jorge, a robust, aged cheese characterized by its spicy, tangy flavor.
São Miguel Island
São Miguel Island, the largest of the Azores archipelago and its economic and administrative center, is a beautiful green jewel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With stunning lush landscapes, exotic plants, dormant volcanoes, hot springs, and surrounded by clean waters, São Miguel is the perfect vacation destination for nature lovers and those looking for an off-the-beaten-path European destination.
Check out our Azores Travel Guide for more information and tips.