Walking Azores

São Jorge – Pico – Faial


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This one week adventure challenges you to discover three of the five islands that make up the central group of the Azores archipelago.

Portugal is viewed as a sustainable tourism destination, and we have Azores much to thanks for.

São Jorge, Faial and Pico are usually referred to as the islands from the triangle, and this triad will definitely take you on an epic and unique adventure that will last for a whole week.

São Jorge, the Dragon Island, offers you crystal clear waterfalls and fajãs, places where time slows down and moves with the rhythm of the sea breezes. The green from the land and the deep blue from the Atlantic ocean will lead you through charming trails and spectacular views.

Did you know you can find the highest mountain peak of Portugal right here in the Azores archipelago?

It is Pico, the mountain that lends its name to the second island you’ll visit. And although the volcano has been asleep for long now, one can still feel the mountain breathing.

Watching the sun rise up on the peak is one of the best experiences you can have, and we will offer you that.  Nothing can beat taking in those first
orange sun rays painting the skies and breaking a brand new day above the ocean. When the weather allows you have a clear view of all five islands.

But of course, you can not leave these magical islands without visiting Faial first, its volcanic crater, Capelinhos, and having a taste of the archipelago’s most famous and infamous Gin.

Faial dock is a colorful and sizzling gathering spot for sailors from around the world.

From here you too will sail the Atlantic in search of dolphins, sea turtles and whales, that gather here, just like you, to seek the tranquility of this
safe haven.

Only Azores can offer you such an experience.

  • Car Rental
  • 7 nights Superior accommodation with breakfast included
  • Personal accident insurance and liability insurance
  • 4 self-guided hiking routes, all info included
  • 1 Guided Hiking , Pico Mountain
  • Boat crossing Islands
  • ‘Portugal Outside’s Travel Itinerary’ developed specifically to enhance your journey with authentic experiences, not only with travel tips and useful information, but also suggested trails, cultural highlights, places to eat, etc
  • ‘Portugal Outside’ Hotline
  • Pick-up and drop-off for one of the days of the program
  • Drop-off at the Airport on the day of departure
  • This schedule may be subject to changes to better suit your expectations. New activities and experiences may be added and you want to stay around for a couple more days just let us know.
  • The routes included in this program are better feasible between March to October
  • Minimum two persons
  • Groups with a Guide minimum 6 persons

Sugested Program

Arrival to São Jorge
Welcome to Azores!
Take this arrival day to relax and take a stroll, just enjoying the island’s hospitality. A few plunges at Poça Simão Dias and a delicious snack of limpets and super spicy regional cheese make a perfect starter for this adventure

Today you’ll put on your hiking gear and follow the trail through crystal clear waters and waterfalls to Fajã
da Caldeira de Santo Cristo and Fajã dos Cubre.
Fajã de Santo Cristo is charming, here the time seems to stop and the humming of the waves comes to you
as if blown through a conch.
At Fajã dos Cubres nature really looks untouched by human hand, and it is a perfect paradise enclosed
between the steep shore and the sea.

Rise and shine for a day of trekking along the shore with a clear view of Pico island, your next destination.
But for now the trails will lead you through the most typical Fajãs of São Jorge Island and to the only coffee
plantation on Portuguese grounds – and, of course, don’t leave without having a sip or two.
Also, don’t forget to pack your swimsuit because you will most likely stroll by perfect spots for a refreshing

The day begins with a sailing trip to Pico Island. Tomorrow you’ll watch the sun rise up on the mountain
top, but today there is a lot to do at ground level. You’ll visit the typical vineyards, which are a World
Heritage Site, and taste the regional wine with a side of tasty goose barnacles. The wine is born from the
rocky soil, where the volcano still sleeps, giving it an exquisite taste.

Before dawn, you’ll start climbing the mountain towards the highest peak of Portugal. On clear nights,
you’ll see the skies bursting with stars and the Milky Way on the horizon. At daybreak, 2351 meters above
the sea level, you will witness the first rays of sunlight coloring the sea and the island. A memorable
experience, and for us, the best spot in the world the watch the sun rising for another day.

Today we say our goodbyes to Pico and set sail to Faial. You’ll meet this small fishing town and try the Gin
at the famous coffeehouse Peter’s. Before today ends, you’ll have the opportunity to go on a boat trip for
some whale (and dolphins) watching, as they ride across the archipelago to colder waters up north.

No visit to Faial would be complete without stopping over at Faial’s volcanic crater. Following the volcanos
trail you’ll visit several volcanic spots including Capelinhos. We highly recommend spending some time on
the interpretation center located on site to learn all about the eruption that occurred in 1957.

This is the last day on the islands. We know for sure that by now you’ll have the Azores islands engraved
deeply in your heart and in your memories for many years to come. If you feel you are not quite ready to
leave the islands yet or you want to know a different region of Portugal, talk to us and we can arrange it for