Azores Portugal

 

There are nine major Azorean islands and an islet cluster, in three main groups. These are Flores and Corvo, to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial in the centre; and São Miguel, Santa Maria, and the Formigas Reef to the east. Sao Miguel is the largest, famous for its crater with two adjoining lakes of sapphire blue and emerald green.

 

Duration & Itinerary

A seven day Azores cruise begins from Horta, when you join the yacht on Sunday night at around 1800. You will be met at the marina by Anna and/or Gareth after which we will take you to your yacht before having a drink and chatting about the week ahead. After a safety brief on Monday morning you will set sail from Horta to your first point of call depending on the route you have chosen. We return to Horta on the following Sunday, aiming to arrive early afternoon.

 

Exclusive Use or Per Cabin

If you would like the luxury of having the yacht to yourselves so you can choose your route and sail as much or as little as you want then an Exclusive charter is the way to go. Zingala sleeps up to six guests in two cabins and the saloon. If your friends or family aren’t into sailing then don’t miss out. Simply book a Cabin for one or two people to share and enjoy the company of your skipper and fellow crew mates on one of our scheduled cruises.

 

Provisioning

The yacht is provisioned to an incredibly high standard meaning that a selection of ingredients for breakfasts, lunches and evening meals taken aboard is provided. A welcome pack of wine and beer is also included. Diesel, marina fees (once away from Horta) and end-of-the-week cleaning are also included. View the type of meals and snacks that we are talking about.

 

Prior Experience

No prior sailing experience or knowledge is required for cruising around the Azores as the journeys are short and coastal.

 

Prices

Prices for the different options for sailing around the Azores may be found on the prices page along with details of what is and isn’t included in our prices.

 

São Miguel island

The main island of the Azores, São Miguel still maintains a unique charm where life is polite and unhurried. It’s a great island for a first visit with easy flight connections, a wealth of things to see and activities to do, and some of the Azores’ most spectacular volcanic scenery. From quiet fishing villages to remote crater lakes to boiling pools, this island has it all.

 

Sao Miguel’s diverse scenery is a pleasant awakening to visitors: it features beautiful lakes, sandy beaches, rolling hills, high mountains, green plains, and blue ocean.

The weather is best between June and October with the hottest months being July, August, and September.

 

 

   

Faial Island

 

 

The ‘Ilha Azul’ (‘Blue island’), as Faial is often called because of its countless hydrangea hedges encountered everywhere on the island, is without doubt one of the most charming islands of the Azores. With a shape that resembles an irregular pentagon

Topographically dominated by the Caldeira, a huge crater with a diameter of about 2 km and a depth of 400 m, featuring gentle slopes intercepted by secondary volcanic formations and the island’s highest peak, reached at Cabeço Gordo, a since 1672 dormant volcano with an altitude of 1,043 m. However, Faial’s biggest attraction is surely its capital, the delightful town of Horta with its famous yacht harbour 

 

Santa Maria island

The most southerly of the nine islands of the Azores – it’s also the sunniest with some of the best beaches in the archipelago, making it a favourite holiday destination for many Azoreans.

Between the beaches, there are some spectacular coves and cliffs – geologically, Santa Maria’s the oldest island with quite a different landscape to the younger, more obviously volcanic islands like Picoor Faial. Inland, the volcanoes that first formed Santa Maria have had time to erode down into pleasent rolling hills, (very reminicent of Cornwall).

Terceira island

Terceira Island (known as “The Lilac Island”) is located approximately 90 miles from Sao Miguel and 66 miles from Faial

The network of streets of a town that is a monument in itself: the colorful “impérios” or chapels that bear witness to the popular devotion of the Holy Spirit; the walls of a castle that was a royal prison; the constant presence of history; the gentle undulations of a green countryside; the white triangle of the typical chimneys; these are all features of the attractive and colorful prism that is Terceira.

 

Corvo island

To the north of Flores, a 60 minute boat trip takes you to the smallest island Corvo.  The picturesque town of Vila Nova with a population of just 400 is a maze of narrow streets, called ‘canadas’, waiting to be explored. Monte Grosso, the highest point on the island, offers an extraordinary view overlooking the steep sided crater that formed the island.

Corvo, which literally translates as the Island of the Crow, is the smallest and the northernmost island of the Azores archipelago. You can walk or take a taxi up to the crater “Caldeirão’ or ‘Great Kettle’. It looks more like an emerald bowl scattered with lava bombs and serves as grazing land for hundreds of cows.