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ANyone been to the Azores? Worth it? See Whales?

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1. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

What accomadation do you recommend? Thanks

2. Posted by therook (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

I went to the azores (Pico and Faial) two years ago. Life there is very different from mainland Portugal; it is much slower. I did enjoy my time there (I spent 5 days) although getting around without renting a car can be difficult on the smaller islands. On Pico there are two busses that run, one on the north part of the island and one on the south. They run twice a day (morning and evening). Faial has a beautiful caldera you can hike around, but you do need a car to get there. I could not find any accomodation on Faial that fit my budget... I slept in my rental car in a park. On Pico I found a nice places to stay in Lajes do Pico, Sao Roque, and Madalena. All were reasonable. I can look up the information if you are interested?

Overall, I went because my family is from the Azores, but I am glad I went, it was very relaxing and I spent some time painting and taking pictures. The beaches are volcanic rock, but there is a very nice imported sand beach on Pico and places to explore very close to Horta. Horta is also a very famous port, and has murals painted all over it from the people that have sailed through there. I believe only TAP airline flies to the Azores. I did not see any whales but I don't think it was the right time of the year!

Any questions feel free to ask.

3. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

Thankyou the rook :)

Can you camp easily enough? Plenty of opened for food? Eating the freshly caughtfish?!

I would be interested in the accomadation options.

What about car rental prices then, and their fuel prices!

4. Posted by Vilszike (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

We've been there 2 years ago. We've stayed in Ponta delgada. It's a beautiful place, beautiful island. And yes, we've seen whales and swam with dolpihns too!!! It was the best experience in my life you should try it!!!!

5. Posted by therook (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

There were camping grounds yes, but they weren't open when I was there. They might be open depending on the seasons? Accomodation on Pico I found to be cheaper, from 20 to 40 dollars, but on Faial I couldn't find anything cheaper than $60. There was also an ample amount of stores, including a large supermarket. I didn't fish, but you might be able to =)

I think I spent $60 for a car rental for one day (24 hours). Fuel was more expensive than the US, but I did not use a lot of gas considering the island's size. I also found that hitching was acceptable there, and apparently quite a few people do it, but I would ask the locals of where you are staying. I'm a woman and I was traveling alone.

You can also take farries inbetween the islands if you need a change of scenery!


6. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Wow yes sounds cool!!!!!

Cheers :)