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Ferries to Azores Islands

The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal, comprising nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic.

They are commonly grouped together into three regions. The eastern group consists of Santa Maria and Sao Miguel, the central group: Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial and the western group: Corvo and Flores.

The islands’ scenery is characterised by sapphire blue lakes, vast fields and charming chapels.

You could spend an afternoon spotting whales, cycling across the dramatic landscape or relaxing in natural hot springs; the Azores have it all.

The largest island, Sao Miguel, offers everything that makes the archipelago so appealing. You can wander through cobbled streets, try some fresh octopus stew at a local restaurant, or simply gaze across the magnificent crater lakes. In the island’s capital, Ponta Delgada, there are a number of attractive old buildings dotted across town, most notably the Machado Natural History Museum.

A great time to visit Ponta Delgada is during the ‘Festival of the Lord Holy Christ of the Miracles’ on the fifth Sunday after Easter. The streets are decorated with flowers whilst a procession carries an image of Christ through the city.

Pico is sparsely populated but ideal for exploring. Be sure to visit ‘Gruta das Torres’, the longest lava tube in Europe. Or you can hike up the 2,351m dormant volcano, Mount Pico.

All nine of the Azores Islands are well connected by ferry. However, the archipelago is sparsely spread across the North Atlantic and so the average journey time between each island varies greatly.

These routes are operated by Atlanticoline, who provides a few sailings every week.

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  • "Good experience"

    The trip itself went relatively well. However, there were some problems with functioning of the website and for a week we could not buy the tickets because the website was not active (in May). I strongly recommend reminding/explaining foreign tourists the car license issues. While buying the ticket online for some reasons there was no option for "car registration/licence no. is unavailable at the moment" or something like this in the beginning of purchasing process. Then it appeared. When we came in a rented car to get the tickets in Madalena, the staff member at the ticket office did not ask us for the car registration number, so we went to the ferry and got to Horta with no car registration number on the tickets but, going back we experienced a big stress, when almost 5 minutes to the departure of the ferry we were told that our tickets are not valid for this car, though we had come without any problems to Horta already. Your staff at the ticket office should be careful. But generally we found this way of moving to Horta and back to Madalena very good.

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  • "Parfait "

    Parfait mais il faisait trop froid dans le salon

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  • "Trip to Santa Maria"

    Fully satisfied.

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  • "Smooth sailing"

    Great way to get from Pico to Faial. Easy and fast, in only 30 minutes you are on the other island! I would definitely recommend it!

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