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Popping up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal, the vivid greens of the Azores are hard to miss against the bruised blues of the ocean. Despite being volcanic in origin, the Azores islands are famous for landscapes that are lush, vibrant and varied, thanks in part to rain-filled winters. The cities too are brilliant in colour; local life whirls around food, family, celebrations, religion and a rich cultural heritage.
The nine islands of the Azores are, from west to east: Flores, Corvo, Graciosa, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico, Faial, Sao Miguel, and Santa Maria. Most tourists land on Sao Miguel at Ponta Delgada-Joao Paulo II Airport (PDL). Sao Miguel is the main holiday island and car rental in Azores is most popular from here. On the island of Terceira, passengers are welcomed at Lajes Field Airport (TER), while Santa Maria Airport (SMA) on the island of Santa Maria is another entry point to the islands. If you plan to rent a car, Azores airports such as these are ideal pick-up locations. Simply fly in, collect your luggage and your car and then hit the road. There are also a number of convenient downtown locations across the Azores from which you can collect a pre-booked car.
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With a rented car, you can explore the holiday island of your choice in the Azores at leisure. So what is there to see and do?
The great outdoors is where it’s really at in the Azores. The islands are magnets for those who like to work up a bit of a sweat, as well as lounge in the sunshine. Hikers, mountain bikers and fans of deep-sea fishing, for example, are all in their element in the Azores. With a rental car, you can easily access trails that meander through the island’s verdant terrains or reach a port for a fun-filled day at sea. Families will also appreciate the opportunity to drive to port towns and catch one of the many whale and dolphin watching trips that depart regularly all year round.
In Sao Miguel, the biggest of the islands, hot thermal springs are also likely to have you hopping in your car to spend a day enjoying the soothing heat of spa destinations such as Termas da Ferraria. Other attractions worth seeing in Sao Miguel include Terra Nostra Park (home to the pools of Furnas), Sete Cidades Lake and Caldeira Velha – all of which are most easily accessed with a hire car.
Across all of the islands are gorgeous lookout points, interesting museums, magnificent churches and cathedrals and historic sites. Many are remote, as are some of the best beaches in the Azores. So renting a car really makes sense when you book your holiday here.