The Azores is an archipelago in the waters of the Atlantic ocean, one and a half thousand kilometers far from mainland Portugal. Carthaginians used to float here, Vikings and Normans visited the archipelago and Columbus listened to the Mass at the local church, going back home from America. The Azores were prized by navigators as a cross-waterway between continents. Nowadays, travelers are attracted by something different, it is a yacht rent on the Azores.
Why do yachtsmen prefer the Azores?
The name of the archipelago comes from the word “azure”. Not only water has a special shade here. Thanks to the blooming hibiscus and hydrangea thickets, the islands look greenish-blue from a distance. There are nine of them.
These are the ones that are usually included to the yacht routes:
- Terceira. Almost the whole territory is a protected zone. The historic center is Angra do Heroismo. Here is the Cathedral of Sé, the medieval castle of San Christovan, several forts and the Franciscan monastery. In addition, it is interesting to visit the Algar do Carvao lava cave with quartz stalactites and an underground lake.
- Pico. Here is an active volcano 2351m high. Relict cedar forest sits side by side with the fields flooded with the black extensive lava. In the town of Madalena, it is worth visiting the church of St. Mary, in Lajes — the monastery of St. Pedro and the whaling museum. The whales have not been exterminated for a long time, but their migration routes lie through the local waters. Therefore, if you are lucky enough, you will observe a whale or a flock of dolphins swims alongside a yacht.
- Faial. There is the blackish volcanic sand on the local beaches and the yachtsmen who come to the place are certainly led to do the grottos and caves of Costa da Fetei.
- Graciosa. In addition to the traditional natural beauty of the Azores there is an interesting residential architecture as the island colonists built miniature snow-white houses of a cubic shape.
Besides hiking and beach rest during the stops over you should go diving because there are fish and shellfish in the Azores waters that you will not find anywhere else.
What do you need to know about yacht charter on the Azores?
There are three international airports in the archipelago — Santa Maria, San Miguel and Terceira. Yachtsmen arrive from March to October. Rental rules are the same as in the rest of Portugal. Most often, skippers choose a cruise between the central islands with short passages or a trip to the western/eastern part of the archipelago with longer passages.
There are few of local yachts, so it is better to book in advance. To do it you need to leave a request for the vessel you like on our website. We offer the best prices for yacht rental, help to plan the route, answer all questions — from documentary support to the choice of local dishes.