There are many
reasons to visit Azores. The wonderful climate is just one example.
A year round temperature average of 63 degrees means it’s almost
impossible to find an unpleasant day. It also means that there
are so many active Azores recreational opportunities; you may
have trouble fitting them into a short vacation.
The Azores Islands are not
a place to visit and plan on sitting around. Just a few of the
activities which many people enjoy when they visit include walking
tours. Literally dozens of guided and independent tours are published
in various guidebooks about the islands. You can plan on walking
to the top of the highest peak on Pico island or walk through the
vineyards on several of the islands such as Pico where the wine
made in the traditional way has made this island a World Heritage
site named by UNESCO. Tours visit the sites of grumbling volcanoes
and past steaming hot waterfalls. You can walk the perimeter of
the smaller islands if you are really adventurous
If you visit
the Azores in the summer season, you will find over fifty wonderful
diving spots around the islands. You can explore undersea mountains,
trenches and caves. Because of the Gulf Current, the Islands are
ripe with many different species, making the Archipelago one of
the best diving locations in the entire world. If you’d like to
try wreck diving, there are even many of those in the Azorean waters.
people visit Azores for the opportunity to spot some new species
of bird. The islands may have been named for the Goshawk, but this
species of bird doesn’t live in the Azores. There was probably
a mistake made in the species; probably the bird sighted was the
Buteo buteo, the local buzzard. The bird on the Azorean flag doesn’t
look like a goshawk either, but was intended to represent it.
Azorean seas provide the ideal conditions for sailing, surfing,
windsurfing or water skiing. Boat trips, by motor or sail, are
a special attraction. Also for surfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding
you can hire equipment.
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want to visit the islands for the golf. Three fine golf courses
are available on the islands. They are unique enough to be challenging,
and have beautiful views of trees, meadows and the blue waters of
the Azorean Sea. Discount golf packages are available for visitors
and if you play at one of the local clubs, they will make you feel
like a member.
With the emphasis on active
participation in recreation by residents, it’s hardly surprising
that those who visit Azores are encouraged to join in such pursuits
as rock climbing and rappelling, parasailing, whale watching, and
caving. Especially fascinating is the chance to explore lava caves
and tubes through which lava flowed during volcanic eruptions.
both inland and sea fishing is a favorite tourist attraction in
the Azores Islands; numerous charter services run the waters around
and between the islands. Sailing has not yet become widely enough
known to bring in the hordes of sailors. Four prime deep-water
ports with modern marinas and landing facilities make the Azores
an as yet undiscovered yachting dream. On two of the islands horses
are available for horseback riding enjoyment.
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