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Things to do in Azores (7 day itinerary)


In this article, we are going to plan what to see in the Azores with a 7 day itinerary, impressive views, and photos included.

Comprising nine volcanic islands, the Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, about 1,500 kilometers west of mainland Europe.

I recently explored these spectacular islands and fell in love with their stunning landscapes, with lush vegetation, volcanic craters, dramatic cliffs and picturesque green lakes.

While ideally you’d like to set aside at least 15 days to explore all the highlights, I know most don’t have the luxury of that much time. In this post, we will try to condense the best of the Azores into a one-week itinerary.

Things to Know Before Traveling to the Azores

Before we dive into the detailed itinerary, I’m sharing some tips about these islands that will help you have the time of your life in this Atlantic paradise.

Azores is known for its natural beauty and diverse ecosystems, making it a place for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

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Even if you are traveling on a budget, consider renting a car as it is the most cost-effective way to explore the islands.

This Azores 7-day itinerary includes the highlights of Sao Miguel and Pico, the most touristy islands, with a mix of historical sites and natural gems. There is also an alternative option of spending your entire vacation in Sao Miguel, to avoid connecting flights and multiple reservations.

Remember that all 9 islands are spectacular and worth visiting, but in case of limited time, I have selected the places that I consider the most impressive.

Another point to keep in mind is that the weather in the Azores is very unpredictable, so be prepared to adjust your plans as necessary. Don’t follow everything to the letter just because your plan says so, have the weather app at hand and move accordingly.

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From Europe, there are direct flights from the main European hubs, such as Lisbon, Paris and London. 

There are no ferries from Lisbon to Azores.

How to Move Between Islands in the Azores

Some islands, such as Pico, Sao Jorge and Faial, are interconnected by ferry in summer and winter, while others are only accessible in summer, from June to August, the high season in the Azores.

To get around by plane, Azores Airlines (SATA) is affordable, with flights from €60 per person.

Best Time to Visit Azores

In my opinion, summer is the best time to visit the Azores, with fewer crowds before the summer chaos and warm weather. July and August offer the best weather, but book accommodations and activities in advance due to crowds. I tell you more details in a dedicated article here:

Winter can be rainy and windy, but not as cold as normal European weather. The lowest temperature is in February, around 13ºC/57ºF.

Azores 7 day Itinerary (Sao Miguel)

Let’s see what to see in the Azores during a 7-day stay:

Day 1: Arrival in Sao Miguel

Arrive at Sao Miguel airport, pick up your car and avoid staying in Ponta Delgada. Explore quiet areas such as Mosterios, Ribeira Grande or Sete Cidades.

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Day 2: Grota do Inferno Viewpoint + Seven Cities

Start early with spectacular and unique views at Miraduro Grota do Inferno. Then head to Sete Cidades and explore the region and its lakes, which are not far behind.

Do you know the history of the lakes of Sete Cidades? It is said that the twin lagoons are formed by the tears of two lovers, a man and a princess, separated by the prohibition of their love. As the tears fell, they created two lakes, one blue and one green, symbolizing sadness and hope. Sometimes, when fog envelops the lakes, it is believed that lovers meet, momentarily transforming the waters into a magical embrace.

Day 3: Terra Nostra Park

In the afternoon, return to Terra Nostra Park to explore its lush botanical gardens, perfect for nature lovers. Contemplate the beauty of plant species and relax in an idyllic setting. Admission costs only €8, and it was worth it because it’s amazing!

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This addition to the itinerary gives a more complete experience for those seeking to immerse themselves in the nature of the Azores and enjoy the serenity of a natural environment. There are also guided tours like this one:

I recommend you explore Furnas as well, the region where this park is located, with its geothermal pools, Lake Furnas, Capela Nossa Senhora das Vitórias and the Poça da Dona Beija hot springs.

Day 4: Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada, the charming capital of Sao Miguel in the Azores, captivates visitors with its unique appeal. Its cobblestone streets and historic architecture, such as the Matriz Church and the Convento da Esperança, narrate the city’s rich history. The Ponta Delgada Marina offers a picturesque setting, while the Mercado da Graça delights with local products and crafts.


Additionally, gardens and parks, such as the António Borges Garden, offer tranquil green spaces. Ponta Delgada fuses history, culture and natural beauty, making it an enchanting destination.

Day 5: Tour of the north of the Island

Drive and enjoy viewpoints such as Ilha Sabrina, Termas da Ferraria, natural pools in Mosteiros, Praia de Santa Barbara and Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões.

This day is freer, because it is also important to explore without a fixed direction. There is a lot to see in the Azores, and generally, we miss details that don’t have much posters, but that are worth seeing. These places are in the north and west of Sao Miguel, and you can plan a route to see them all in the same day, stop by car, take photos and contemplate.

Day 6: Hiking to Lagoa do Fogo

If you like hiking, take the route to Lagoa do Fogo. It is one of the most beautiful views and there are several routes you can walk along.

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This paradise corner not only offers impressive scenery, but was also awarded in 2012 as one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal.

The view of the lagoon from the viewpoints along the road is amazing. Lagoa do Fogo is one of the most visited lagoons. It is at the bottom of the crater of an extinct volcano within the Serra de Água de Pau massif.

It is a great environment to discover the endemic vegetation and breathe fresh air in a very natural environment.

You can choose to take the hiking route from Praia to the lagoon, 11 km round trip, or by car from the center of Ponta Delgada, about 20 km away. 

Day 7: Return Home

If there is time, visit Vila Franca and Gruta das Torres before you fly. A perfect end to your stay in the Azores.

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Alternative Itinerary with Pico

If you want to add Pico, fly to Pico on the fifth day. Take a tour of the island or explore by car. Highlights include Sao Roque, Lagoa da Rosada, or the Whale Museum in Lajes.

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You will also love to enjoy the natural pools in Calheta de Nesquim. On the seventh day, fly back.

Final Thoughts on the Azores 7 day Itinerary

I hope this itinerary inspires you to have fun in the Azores (7 day itinerary). Regardless of when you decide to go, check the weather forecast, include rain gear in your suitcase, and a swimsuit to enjoy the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Be prepared for abrupt changes in the weather and don’t let them affect your incredible experience in the amazing Azores islands. Have a good trip!