FLIGHTS TO THE AZORES
Lagoa das Sete Cidades on São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.
Delta Destination: Welcome to the Azores, an Unspoiled European Paradise
Soar to one of the most remote and breathtaking places on Earth with the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service to the Azores. An unspoiled paradise, this Portuguese archipelago is the perfect destination for both the adventurous and more relaxed traveler. And in under six hours, Delta can get its customers quickly and conveniently to one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
The Complete Escape
From hot springs and jungles to beaches and mountains, the diverse terrain of the Azores makes it the perfect destination for any type of traveler. Made up of nine islands spanning 400 miles, each island has something special to offer its visitors.
São Miguel, home to more than half of the Azorean population, is the largest of the islands that make up the archipelago. Here you can explore the capital of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, where European charm meets the island lifestyle. Visit Lagoa do Fogo or “Lake of Fire,” a beautiful caldera lake set high on a mountain in the center of an extinct volcano. It’s an unforgettable view out across the blue water-filled crater surrounded by lush green vegetation. For hikers, take a trip to Rocha da Relva, a remote trail with cliff side paths and breathtaking vistas overlooking the ocean, and end the day winetasting at one of the vineyards along the way. For those in need of some relaxation, spend a day in Furnas, a village famous for the Terra Nostra garden and its many hot springs, then treat your taste buds at one of the many tea plantations. For nature lovers, São Miguel is internationally renowned for its bird and whale watching. While you are here, don’t miss the picturesque Lagoa das Sete Cidades, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. And when it is time to eat after a hard day’s hiking or cycling, food options are tempting. From fresh fish to the famous Furnas stew, restaurants line the mosaic-cobbled streets of Ponta Delgada.
If you are craving culture, take a trip to Terceira Island and visit Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This charming, historic city is full of local shops, cafes and bars. Its colorful facades, unique architecture, and rich culture make this a city you would not want to miss. And if you are looking to explore, visit Algar do Carvão and walk inside an ancient lava tube or simply enjoy a day of hiking, taking in some of the most scenic landscapes in the islands.
On Faial Island, you can find one of the liveliest harbors in the Azores, Horta Harbor. A primary stop for yachts and sailboats crossing the Atlantic, Horta Harbor boasts one of the largest open-air exhibitions of paintings in the world. Left behind by sailors stopping in Horta, legend has it that those who paint a mural on the walls or walkways of the harbor are granted good will and safety on the remainder of their journey. Faial also maintains a strong link to the seas: diving, fishing, spearfishing, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, sailing, and other ocean activities are part of the island’s culture.
For avid hikers, Pico Mountain—the tallest mountain in Portugal—is something that cannot be missed. Located on Pico Island, it is best to hike up the mountain in the afternoon just in time to see the sun set. For sunrise views, summit Pico Pequenino (Little Pico) where at the top you can see breathtaking views of Faial and São Jorge. Pico also offers some of the best whale watching in the islands, as well as stunning vineyards.
If you are looking for a bit history, visit the island of Santa Maria. A famous stop on Christopher Columbus’ return voyage from the Americas, the island was the first to be inhabited in the archipelago. While here, take a trip to Baía dos Anjos, the chapel where Columbus attended mass during his stay. The closest island to São Miguel, here you can also find spectacular coves and some of the best white sand beaches in the Azores.
Flight / Service Details
Delta operates five times weekly and is the only scheduled service between New York (JFK) and the Azores’ largest city, Ponta Delgada. The new route will provide a convenient link for U.S. visitors to the islands.