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Introducing the Azores

Dormant volcanoes, lush vegetation, great hikes, and dramatic views are attracting a fast-growing number of travelers to this archipelago of 9 volcanic islands in the North Atlantic.

Best time to visit
While the Azores can be visited year-round, the climate is best from March to October, with the peak summer months (July and August) attracting the biggest crowds. March to June are best for watching dolphins and whales.  

Things to do
Adventure seekers and families alike visit the Azores for world-class whale watching, hiking, and mountain biking on trails with sweeping views, canoeing in volcanic lakes, and canyoning through beautiful waterfalls. To recharge after these adventures, enjoy food cooked in the ground using the energy of volcanoes, stroll through romantic gardens and enjoy a nice glass of Azorean wine by the ocean. 

How to get to the Azores
With many direct flights from Europe (2 - 5 hour flights depending on where you fly from) and an increasing number of direct flights from the US (only 4 hours from Boston) the Azores are easy to reach.

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The Azores Tours & Itineraries

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Hike around the caldera at Sete Cidades
Map of Azores Adventure: Best of São Miguel - 7 Days
Azores Adventure: Best of São Miguel - 7 Days

São Miguel is the biggest of the nine islands that compose the Azores archipelago, and you'll spend a week getting to know its lakes, towns, and geothermal calderas on this guided tour. From your base in beautiful Ponta Delgada, discover the island's highlights and hidden gems through hiking, cycling, and off-roading expeditions—with plenty of time to relax in natural hot pools and beaches along the way.

Sunset over the coastline of Terceira
Map of Self-Drive Azores Adventure: São Miguel & Terceira - 8 Days
Self-Drive Azores Adventure: São Miguel & Terceira - 8 Days

The volcanic landscape of the Azores archipelago is a nature lover's paradise. Begin on São Miguel, which is a hot spot of geothermal activity. Dip in thermal springs, kayak across a lagoon, and eat stew cooked from the heat of rocks before flying to the smaller but equally lush island of Terceira nearby. Marvel at Terceira's brightly colored buildings, relax on its epic lava formations, and get lost in the fog of its ancient laurel forest.

Sete Cidades in São Miguel Island
Map of Island Hopping in the Azores: São Miguel, Faial, Pico & Terceira - 15 Days
Island Hopping in the Azores: São Miguel, Faial, Pico & Terceira - 15 Days

Explore the volcanic landscapes of the Azores on this 15-day self-driving tour that highlights four of the Portuguese archipelago's islands. Start in São Miguel, where you'll kayak across crater lakes and try stew made with geothermal heat. Then, hop between Faial, Pico, and Terceira to hike dormant volcanoes, explore deep magma chambers, and swim in natural pools made of solidified lava.

Drive at your own pace along the stunning  São Miguel coastline
Map of Natural Wonders of the Azores: São Miguel & Terceira – 7 Days
Natural Wonders of the Azores: São Miguel & Terceira – 7 Days

Discover the stunning beauty of two islands in the Azores during this weeklong tour. First, touch down on the largest island in the archipelago, São Miguel. With a rental car, you'll hike and kayak among shimmering crater lakes, soak in hot springs, and explore the Furnas Valley's geothermal landscapes. Finish on Terceira Island, where you'll stay in the UNESCO-listed city of Angra do Heroísmo, check out colorful temples, and bathe in pristine rock pools.

Immerse yourself in the volcanic landscapes of Pico Island
Map of Azores Two-Island Adventure: São Miguel & Pico - 10 Days
Azores Two-Island Adventure: São Miguel & Pico - 10 Days

Escape to one of Europe's most remote and remarkable corners on this active 10-day tour of the Azores. Start on the Atlantic archipelago's largest island of São Miguel, where you'll discover its dramatic volcanic landscapes with 4WD and hiking tours, then hit the water for whale watching and diving experiences. Get off the beaten path next as you hop over to Pico, exploring this sparsely-populated island with a trek up Portugal's highest peak and a tasting tour of its UNESCO-listed vineyards.

Drive yourself to several stunning hiking trails on São Miguel Island
Map of Best of the Azores & Lisbon – 10 Days
Best of the Azores & Lisbon – 10 Days

This 10-day tour combines cultural activities in Lisbon and gorgeous landscapes in the Azores for a trip of a lifetime. Land on São Miguel Island, where you'll hike to sparkling crater lakes, laze on volcanic beaches, soak in thermal pools, and join a range of diving excursions and whale watching trips. Continue the adventure in Portugal's vibrant capital, Lisbon, to sample food with a local expert, explore hip neighborhoods, and take a day trip through the rural Alentejo region.

Make the Most of Your Time in the Azores

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Viewpoint at Ponta do Sossego, São Miguel Island
How Many Days to Spend in the Azores

Seven or eight days is an ideal amount of time to spend in the Azores. Travelers with only a week to explore the Portuguese archipelago can focus their time on the island of São...

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Marvel at Pico Island's natural beauty, including the summit of Piquinho
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5 Days in the Azores - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With five days, you can visit 1-2 Azorean islands or include a stop in Lisbon. Culinary travelers will enjoy wine tasting on Pico Island and a geothermal cooking class on São Miguel. Outdoor enthusiasts can kayak the Sete Cidades lagoons, soak in hot springs, and hike through one of Europe's last subtropical rainforests. Travelers keen on history and culture can visit Lisbon's historical sites, experience soulful fado music, and join a walking tour of Ponta Delgada's ornate churches and Micaelense architecture.

Savor fresh shellfish, local wines, and artisan cheeses on this food-focused tour of the Azores
Map of Cuisine & Culture in the Azores - 5 Days
Cuisine & Culture in the Azores - 5 Days

Explore the Azorean island of São Miguel through your taste buds on this five-day culinary adventure. Visit one of Europe's only tea plantations, get hands-on as you learn to whip up local dishes cooked with volcanic heat, and try the archipelago's tastiest offerings—from local wines to artisan cheeses and fresh seafood. In between memorable meals, hike along the rim of a crater, swim in hot springs by night, and witness smoking fumaroles and calderas in the geothermal Furnas Valley.

Split your time between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira
Map of Best of the Azores: São Miguel & Terceira - 5 Days
Best of the Azores: São Miguel & Terceira - 5 Days

This five-day itinerary combines two Azorean islands for a quick taste of the archipelago's landscapes and culture. Start on São Miguel with a tour of its natural highlights and a kayaking adventure on its famous lagoons. After exploring the hot springs and mud pits of the Furnas Valley, hop over to Terceira, a peaceful island known for its lush climate and sustainable agriculture. Here, you'll visit a working farm, try your hand at milking a cow, and sample local dishes and wines on a gastronomic tour.

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Marina Courtaut

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From a very young age, I have grown up in an international environment since my parents moved to Spain from Poland. This meant that every year we traveled across Europe to visit our family and...

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Trip Reviews for the Azores

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Raquel was amazing, helpful planned a wonderf...
the Azores | Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2024

Chris
Chris R.
Ilion, NY | Reviewed on Apr 07, 2024
Raquel was amazing, helpful planned a wonderful vacation for my children. She made sure everything was very well planned out and completely taken care of for them. Read more

Raquel was amazing, helpful planned a wonderful vacation for my children. She made sure everything was very well planned out and completely taken care of for them.

Hotel Review
Vila Nova Hotel
Ponta Delgada

The breakfast is really really good! The rooms were a little stuffy at night, but other than that it was a good stay!

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Activity Reviews
Hiking Experience in Lagoa do Fogo
Hiking Experience in Lagoa do Fogo
São Miguel Island

This was a lot of fun, we loved the different places we got to see and our guide Natasha was wonderful, she was very charming and knowledgeable. 10/10!!!

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Volcanic Experience: Furnas Lake Full Day Adventure
Volcanic Experience: Furnas Lake Full Day Adventure
São Miguel Island

Natasha, our guide, was great! We loved the different actives and the hike was gorgeous!

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Azorean Culinary & Wine Experience & Get to Know Ponta Delgada with a Local
Azorean Culinary & Wine Experience & Get to Know Ponta Delgada with a Local
São Miguel Island

It was cool to see the different restaurants and learn about the wines and cheese.

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Epic Canyoning Adventure
Epic Canyoning Adventure
São Miguel Island

Super fun! The guides were awesome and fun to chat with. The waterfalls and rivers were a lot of fun to canyon in.

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Sete Ciudades Jeep & Hike Adventure Full Day
Sete Ciudades Jeep & Hike Adventure Full Day
São Miguel Island

The view were amazing! And our tour guide, Natasha was the best!

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Local specialist: Raquel Aceituno
Raquel
Raquel Aceituno
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Apr 08, 2024

Hi Chris! Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share the highlights of your kid´s trip to the Azores. I'm so pleased that they had a wonderful trip (even if the weather was not the best )! I will pass your words on to Natacha, who will love to hear that she has contributed to a memorable trip. I wish you and your family all the best and hopefully, we can plan another adventure together in the future 😉x Raquel

Fantastic experience traveling with Kim Kim
the Azores | Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2023

Rafael
Rafael M.
Japan | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2024
Just finished a trip to Terceira and Sāo Miguel, organized by Tiago from Kim Kim and I highly recommend it to anybody interested in doing a self-guided experience. Tiago's expertise was critical to help us make the best of our trip. he was patient, knowledgeable and very accommodating to our group's needs (which were a lot since we had 5 people). He even created a WhatsApp group so we could stay connected and checked up on us often to make sure that we provided all the information we... Read more

Just finished a trip to Terceira and Sāo Miguel, organized by Tiago from Kim Kim and I highly recommend it to anybody interested in doing a self-guided experience.

Tiago's expertise was critical to help us make the best of our trip. he was patient, knowledgeable and very accommodating to our group's needs (which were a lot since we had 5 people). He even created a WhatsApp group so we could stay connected and checked up on us often to make sure that we provided all the information we needed and that everything was going well during our trip.

Both islands were amazing and the hikes suggested by Tiago were unbelievable. We were lucky in that the weather cooperated a lot and we were able to do almost everything int he agenda that Tiago prepared. Some of the places we went to (like the volcanic rock pools in Terceira) we wouldn't have known about if it wasn't for Tiago's recommendations.

Our group traveled to the Azores in December (low season), which was great weather wise (not too cold), but I definitely want to go back in May (high season) to fully appreciate the beauty of the natural flowers that were not in bloom during our trip.

Hotel Review
Senhora da Rosa Tradition & Nature Hotel
Ponta Delgada

Great experience staying at Senhora da Rosa Tradition & Nature Hotel. The building is beautiful and the rooms were gorgeous. Everything was very unique and it felt very special. We ate at both restaurants within the hotel on different days and the food was fantastic. They also have a bar which made great cocktails. We all wanted to try some of the amazing treatments offered at their SPA, but because it was low season (we were there during Christmas) there wasn't a lot of availability when we arrived. Also, we had a pretty tight schedule so our options were limited.

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Location
The hotel is not located in the center of town, so a car is definitely needed, but it was less than a 10 minute drive to get to any place within the town of Ponta Delgada. I also liked that it was sort of removed from the main streets, which made the hotel and the vibe very peaceful.
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Activity Review
Canyoning in the Azores
Canyoning in the Azores
the Azores

I loved this canyoning experience at Azores. Because of the time of the year when went, they only had the short time options, but I definitely would have done the longer one if it was offered. Our guides, Pauhlo and Carolina were amazing. They were very patient with the group and made sure that everybody felt safe and comfortable. The location was incredible, with amazing vegetation. m.

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Local specialist: Tiago Filipe
Tiago
Tiago Filipe
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Jan 04, 2024
Dear Rafael, Thank you so much for your feedback! It was a pleasure having you although we didn't get to meet face to face, and I must say I'm very sorry for that because I immediately realized that you were a great team!! I was actually in the Azores a few days after your departure for the New Year's! I truly love that place and although I've been there many times I just don't seem to get enough of it!! I thought about sending you a picture just like the one you sent me the 5 of you in... Read more

Dear Rafael,

Thank you so much for your feedback! It was a pleasure having you although we didn't get to meet face to face, and I must say I'm very sorry for that because I immediately realized that you were a great team!!

I was actually in the Azores a few days after your departure for the New Year's! I truly love that place and although I've been there many times I just don't seem to get enough of it!!

I thought about sending you a picture just like the one you sent me the 5 of you in the pool at the Terra Nostra central pool, but unfortunately it was drizzling a bit so I couldn't take pictures! But I really thought about it!!

I wish you a great 2024 and please extend these greetings to the rest of the group!

Best,

Tiago

Unforgettable trip tailor-made by an attentive and knowledgeable local specialist
the Azores | Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2023

Isabela
Isabela V.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023
We couldn’t be more pleased with our trip to the Azores, we had never been and had little knowledge of the islands so we were very grateful to have a local assist us in the planning. Tiago was attentive and scheduled the trip according to our wants and wishes, he provided an itinerary and also suggested other things we could do if we had extra time or were interested. During our time in the Azores he circled back and checked in to see if everything was going well and if we needed anything... Read more

We couldn’t be more pleased with our trip to the Azores, we had never been and had little knowledge of the islands so we were very grateful to have a local assist us in the planning. Tiago was attentive and scheduled the trip according to our wants and wishes, he provided an itinerary and also suggested other things we could do if we had extra time or were interested. During our time in the Azores he circled back and checked in to see if everything was going well and if we needed anything else. Would absolutely recommend to anyone, because I do believe that working with a local provided us with a better insight of the place and we were given name of restaurants and/ or trails and sights worth visiting.

Activity Review
Canyoning in the Azores
Canyoning in the Azores
the Azores

Absolutelly recommend the canyoning activity with Active Blueberry! We had 2 instructors with us, they were sure everyone was safe and felt secure to make the jumps, they accommodated to people who didn’t want to jump or were a little hesitant. Furthermore they were knowledgeable and very professional and we were very pleased and would do this activity again because of the lush and beautiful scenery.

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Local specialist: Tiago Filipe
Tiago
Tiago Filipe
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Dec 30, 2023

Dear Isabela and family!

You're just too sweet. I do believe that I worked to meet your expectations, but the fact that you're so nice and easy going people made everything much simpler!!

Thank you for being kind, interested and for your constant feedback!!

I only wish we had spent some time together in the Azores!!

Please send my regards to Paulina, Cristina, Rafael and Eugenia. You are a great family!!

A happy 2024 to you all!

Best,

Tiago