We ended up in the Azores by accident, a SATA strike turned into a three day layover on these beautiful islands I’ve wanted to visit since the day I saw a good friend’s pictures of her travels on Facebook. The islands are two thirds of the way towards Europe in the Atlantic Ocean and despite us not getting to fully experience of their beauty, were an incredible experience.
We stayed in Ponta Delgada, the administrative capital of the Azores, located on the beautiful island of Sao Miguel. Ponta Delgada is a cute little town with charming architecture, beautiful narrow streets and locals going about their day. I almost forgot we were on an island in the middle of the ocean until I saw the big cruise ship in the port and the many tourists swarming the streets.
The island is relatively small and it’s easy to get to different attractions fast via public transit, taxis or car rental. My understanding is that given it’s location the weather can be quite unpredictable and the webcams located all over the islands can be really handy in helping plan your day. The tourist office in Ponta Delgada is a great stop if you need to help deciding where to go, what to see and how to get there.
We got a lot of rain during our stay and we couldn’t go see Lagoa do Fogo , Caldeira des Sete Cidades or Furnas so we settled on heading over to Ponta da Ferraria, a thermal spa and a unique spot where a thermal spring meets the ocean creating a sort of a pool in which you can swim if the weather allows. We couldn’t go for a swim in the ocean but we got to experience some pretty incredible waves, the contrast of the white seafoam against the deep, black volcanic rocks was beautiful. The hike there was just as beautiful, we got to walk through the charming village of Ginetes and we were in awe at the views. See for yourself below.