Island hopping

by wendy Bedrosian
(Boston, MA)


My husband and I are contemplating a trip (sans kids) to the Azores. Of course, we'd like to see several of the islands, but we don't want to pack up every day and move. Is it possible to see several islands without moving to a new hotel or spending a small fortune. How is ferry or air service between islands? Can you just go to another island to spend the day and then get back to your home base?

Thanks--Wendy Bedrosian

Island Hopping in the Azores

Hi Wendy,

Great question! If you go in the summer it is more feasible to island hop than in the winter. If you go to the central group of islands (Faial, Pico, Graciosa, Sao Jorge) there are frequent ferry rides in the summer.

Flying to an island and back in the same day is possible many days. The problem is that it is not cheap to do so.

I recommend only trying for 2-3 islands in any given trip. There is lots to see on most of the islands and it should take at least a few days to explore each one.

Let me know if you have more questions!

Rob Belchior

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May 22, 2012
So much to do on Sao Miguel
by: Lyn

We just returned from one week on San Miguel. We walked around the green lake(Sete Cidades), hiked around Pinhal do Paz National Park, visited the geysers in Furnas and Fire Lake, travelled to Nordeste and the Casa do Trabalhador, visited the Ceramica Vieira in Lagos, walked every inch of Mosteiros, the little village where we rented a house---and we still did not see every thing we wanted to see. Is there a reason you want to pack and re-pack to go to different islands?

From Rob
Hi Lyn, thanks for sharing that. I think people feel they will miss something by not packing in several islands. What you and I know is that by rushing from island to island, you miss the real Azores experience. Thanks for your comment!

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