8 days, 2 islands. Adventure holidays
at the westernmost point of Europe!
11 days, 2 islands. Adventure holiday at the westernmost point of Europe, basalt canyons in green landscape, waterfall abseiling in the atlantic ocean and whale whatching. Our azores travel offers a variety of activities in one of the most impressive scenery in Europe. Our adventure begins with the arrival in the capital Ponta Delgada on São Miguel. From here we travel in the morning to the colourful flower island Flores together. From day two to seven, five canyoning tours await us in an incredibly beautiful landscape. Due to many hiking trails and gorges Flores has a variety of canyons from enjoyable, easily accessible beginners canyons to canyons for advanced learners with high abseil points and jumps, everything what the heart desires.
On this day, all participants can arrive until 10 pm on the main island Sāo Miguel of the archipelago of the Azores. The targeted airport is called Ponta Delgada (PDL). From there you can take a transfer to our accommodation in the coastal town of Ponta Delgada. Together we all stay in the same accommodation. The next day we all travel together to Flores.
In the morning we travel to the westernmost island Flores of the archipelago of the Azores by propeller plane. The first drive takes us from Santa Cruz to the western part of the island. We move into our accommodation in a small fishing village and have lunch.
In the afternoon we will visit a canyon to get acquainted with the specific rock and the special features of the canyoning island of Flores. A short car transfer and we climb into the clear, but by the vegetation dark colored water. The locals also say tea ;-). Jumps, slides and abseils lead us to the end of the canyon in a small reservoir, which we swim through with great views. The rest of the day we enjoy according to the wishes of the group.
An exciting ride takes us over the mountains of the island to the north side. There we turn off into the jungle of the island. Old roads lead us to the canyon in the middle of bright forests. The Canyon Ilheus intermedio + inferior cuts deeper and deeper into the basalt of the island. We rappel in a natural amphitheater of basalt columns, pass an old watermill and at the end we hear the sound of the sea … another corner and you can see it: the Atlantic ocean with its clear water. In the distance we see the ancient, formerly used for whaling village Ponta Delgada (Flores). Today we do not jump into the sea. The way back leads us through the wonderful fauna and flora back to the vehicle. On the way back we enjoy local delicacies and look at the peculiarities of the landscape.
We enjoy the evening in Fajā Grande at the restaurant or at the sunset bar at the natural harbor.
Day four, like the other days, starts with a shared breakfast at the property or traditionally with a Portuguese milk coffee and toast in the bar next door.
Strengthened we make our way to the next canyon of the island. Like a green tunnel, this gorge leads us through basalt and tuff rocks directly to the cliffs of the ocean. Once there we climb over an old fishing path back to the car.
Now we have two options, either we relax and experience the island or we open up. On a second canyoning tour (additional canyoning tour).
Under the motto “Steep is C …” We can still experience a unique canyon behind our accommodation. The canyon faces west and we rappel over beautiful, tall waterfalls and green cascades into the approaching sunset at the westernmost point of the EU. The successful evening is rounded off with a dinner in the local fish restaurant and a regional gin tonic.
Day five is at leisure, here you can take a day off, go snorkeling, explore the island or do an additional canyoning tour.
Today is the day! We booked our boat transfer, Carlos, the skipper, knows the time when he should pick us up. We go on a canyoning tour to the sea. We walk through wet meadows downhill to the start of the tour. Small waterfalls lead us closer to the coast, suddenly the jungle rises above us and we look out of the canyon to the west. A gigantic view over the final waterfalls lets us linger and enjoy before we rappel the last high cascades. Our path leads us over several abseil points to the last waterfall, which ends directly in the ocean. We prepare, wait for our boat … there it is. We can start and abseil into the waves. Carlos our highly experienced skipper and also Canyonist grins and catches everybody up into the boat. Everybody is in the boat, now comes his part. He shows us another impressive surf cave, before we take the boat trip to the port to Ponta Delgada. We help him to load the boat, wash our stuff and report us about the unique experiences.
Tonight we will visit an excellent restaurant in an originally deserted coastal village and we end the evening with local dishes. Tomorrow we go back to the sea.
After packing, we leave the small island Flores by plane in the direction of Ponta Delgada and travel back to the main island of Sao Miguel, where we dive into the city life, relax, go to the beach or visit hot springs of the volcanic island. Completely according to our desire and mood.
Day ten is again for leisure time. Here we can organize a visit to a hot spring, a city tour or island tour to end the camp properly.
On day eleven, our last day, the travel back home. – Wonderful, exciting days are behind us!
We are looking forward to another adventure with you!
You will find further information in our travel brochure “Evergreen azores”. We are happy to advise you by phone.
At a glance
Requirements for the participation at the azores adventure:
- A good health condition. Health impairments are taken into account during tour planning. Restrictions on vertigo and swimming skills also.
- Minimum age: approx. 16 years
Arrival/Departure: on your own, you can find flights to the azores under TAP Portugal
Basecamp: rural holiday cottage (Flores), Urban Lodge (São Miguel) , oder similar
Board: on your own or within the group
Provided services and price
azores adventure € 2199,- per Person
Included in Price:
- Organisation and planning of the azores adventure
- certified canyoning guides according to our safety standards
- Necessary special equipment for the tour incl. helmet, harness and wetsuit
- 5 canyoning tours
- Domestic flight Ponta Delgada – Flores – Ponta Delgada
- Transfer to the canyons
- Whale Watching
- 8 nights
- evtl. boat trips, after the canyoning tour which are ending in the ocean, to get us back (ca. 22,- € till 30,- € per person and transfer)
- additional canyoningtour (100,- € per person)
- Access to Hot Spring, city tour and island tour
- 26.05. – 05.06.2019
- 22.09. – 02.10.2019
- 22.05. – 01.06.2020
- 27.09. – 07.10.2020
Meeting point and start of the programm (Continuation to Flores) on day 1 at 09:00 o’clock at the airport Ponta Delgada
Groups: Dates on request