Islands of the Azores & Cities of Portugal
A volcanic wonderland of bubbling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and sub-tropical forests; the remote Azores beg for exploration. You’ll experience the natural beauty and remarkable diversity of this breathtaking region as Black Watch guides you on an incredible Azorean adventure, before heading to two charming cities on the Portuguese mainland.
Every moment you spend in the Azores will be one to remember; visits to three enchanting islands on consecutive days pack in plenty of highlights. On Terceira Island, Praia da Vitoria is perfectly placed for tours to Angra do Herosimo. The UNESCO-listed jewel in Terceira’s crown, this historic city boasts interesting museums and impressive architecture such as the 16th century Sé Cathedral. The 205 metre-high Monte Brasil volcano, which overlooks Angra do Herosimo, offers wonderful sea views from its peak. Hard-to-reach Faial Island follows. Faial is a paradise of volcanic craters, tranquil lakes and emerald green valleys; Horta is your starting point for taking it all in. The Capelinhos Volcano is this verdant island’s most famous landmark and on highly recommended scenic island drive and 4x4 adventure tours you can see this magnificent wonder in all its dramatic glory. [ReadMore]
There’s the volcanic treasures of São Miguel Island to uncover too. Ponta Delgada is your gateway to the extinct Sete Cidades Volcano – one of the seven wonders of Portugal – where a 13-kilometre-wide crater and colourful lakes create the Azores’ most astonishing scene. Elsewhere, Terra Nosta Park – a haven of gorgeous gardens, geo-thermal pools and dense woodlands that are home to stunning endemic flora – is within reach, as are the hot springs of Furnas Valley. From São Miguel Black Watch will then head for mainland Portugal, where two cultural, attraction-packed cities await. In Lisbon, take the day to explore on foot, via the tram or even by tuk-tuk and you won’t be disappointed by the sights you discover. Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery in particular are among many highlights that are well worth a visit. Finally, before returning to Liverpool, you’ll stop-off in Leixões for tours to Oporto. Portugal's second city is a delight to explore too, with its UNESCO-listed historic centre, fine architecture and world-famous port wine cellars.