Family Holiday Overview

The Azores bask in their isolated glory in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This incidence of geography means that these nine volcanic islands are unlike anywhere else on Earth. A landscape of shimmering lakes, rugged craters and towering waterfalls set amidst a blaze of lush green foliage that is energised by rain and sunlight in equal proportions. This is a world of mud pots, fumaroles and hot springs; of lava caves and grottoes; of cobalt blue lakes cocooned by forests of laurel and cedar. This is a real-life Jurassic Park where you could quite easily believe that entire herds of long-necked herbivores live amongst the plump, dappled Azorean cows.

In terms of activities, you can do almost anything in the Azores: hiking, cycling, canyoning, rock climbing, swimming with dolphins, canoeing, whale watching and horse riding. The Islanders are trusting and friendly, giving a sense of 1950s-era innocence long forgotten in modern day lives. There are no mass-tourism hotspots here, just things as they were meant to be – simple, honest and sustainable.

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Interesting Facts

  • The Azores are an archipelago of 9 islands located in the mid-Atlantic. They form part of Macronesia, along with Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.
  • The islands are actually exposed tips of vast submarine mountain ranges.
  • It is widely thought that the name of the islands derives from açor, the Portuguese word for the goshawk.
  • The Azores are host to some of the most unique and fantastic festivals in Europe. They run from Easter to August with the biggest being the São Miguel’s six-day, post-Easter bash in honour of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres.
  • The government is aiming to produce 75% of the islands’ energy from renewable sources by 2019.
  • Today the ‘spotters’ for the whale-watching boats use the same cliffs as those four decades ago used for a more sinister purpose. Thankfully marine mammals are more valuable alive now to the local economy.

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Traveller Reviews

Every detail of the trip was organised and went to plan

Azores - Tweed Family Testimonial

We went to the Azores, not somewhere I had on my bucket list, but I’m so pleased we went. The itinerary provided by Wandering Tribe was great, it gave us something to do every day, and if we hadn’t got it we would not have seen and done so much on this beautiful island. We went kayaking on a lake inside a volcano, whale watching where we saw sperm whales and dolphins and to the eggie Furnas where we saw stews being cooked in pots in the ground by the heat of a volcano. The locals take pride in their island, are very environmentally conscious and keep it very clean.

Every detail of the trip was organised and went to plan, from flights to accommodation to private transfer pickups at 4am, which meant it was stress free. I felt that putting the holiday together was done personally and with care, and any queries I had were dealt with by Sally promptly, you felt that she was doing her best to make sure you had a perfect holiday. So much better than using a big tour operator when you are very much a number and you get what you’re given!

All of the holidays on the Wandering Tribe website look brilliant and we want to do more, so time to get saving.

Tweed Family

An unforgettable family holiday

Azores - James Family Testimonial

Thanks so much to Wandering Tribe for an unforgettable family holiday in a beautiful location which we never would have considered before. We LOVED the Azores! The accommodation was perfect and the children made full use of the play area, football pitch and swimming pool. There was so much to see and do on the island that we could easily have stayed another week. Our highlights were whale watching, the hot springs, experiencing the volcanic landscape and swimming in the sea. My 8-year-old daughter was also thrilled to swim with dolphins. Sally could have not been more helpful from start to finish, putting together a detailed itinerary and recommending places to eat. What made it even better was we knew that everything had been tried and tested by Sally’s family. We cannot wait to return to the Azores and we would love to discover another part of our beautiful planet with Wandering Tribe in the future! Thank you. Five stars from the James family.

James Family

Definitely recommend Wandering Tribe for a family holiday

Azores - Lintott Family Testimonial

We had an amazing family holiday in the Azores earlier this year organised by Sally. She even contacted us during our stay to give us more suggestions when the weather wasn’t playing ball! Definitely recommend Wandering Tribe for a family holiday that feels very personal but without the hassle of trying to sort it and book everything yourself. We’ll be back!

Lintott Family

Lovely dealing with someone who knows and understands the area personally

Azores - Setes Cidades Viewpoint

We have just come back from an excellent holiday in the Azores. Very well organised by Sally at Wandering Tribe. St Miguel is a great island with countless activities to do from walking in rainforests, swimming in thermally heated water, or watching whales. Sally’s advice and itinerary proposals were extremely useful as a framework to work round. The hotels she found us were excellent and all the arrangements flawless. I would highly recommend Wandering tribe. Sally gives a very personal, competitive and professional service, answering all queries and requests quickly, and finding the answers however trivial or obscure. It is lovely dealing with someone who knows and understands the area personally.

Randall Family