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European Safest Destinations 2021

The Azores

In 2021, Azores is one the safest, most surprising, and comfortable destination. In this new reality we’re in these 9 islands distinguish themselves by the security they offer: all visitors are tested before entering (tests can be made in their own country/region), preventing the spread of Coronavirus. In addition, this destination offers the safe distance that visitors need, many outdoor activities that are everything we want after being confined for so long, and the peace we need in such troubled times.

 

Nine different islands, which combine tradition and modernity, very special gastronomy and unique natural scenery that you cannot find anywhere else — at least once in our lives, we have to give ourselves the opportunity to pause real life and be dazzled by the work of Mother Nature, and always being well-received, sustainably, never against nature, always connected with it.

 

The https://www.visitazores.com/en/trip-info site gathers all the information necessary for your trip. For peace of mind, you can also benefit from Covid-19 insurance covering your repatriation, reimbursement of plane tickets, hotels and hospital costs in the event of contagion. 

 

Fancy a stay away from the crowds? Discover Flores. Less than 4,000 inhabitants live on this island of rare beauty made for nature lovers, walks, gastronomy and authenticity. Flights between the different islands are very well organized in the Azores. You can book your flights to Ponta Delgada (the main town on the island of Sao Miguel) and book a domestic flight to Flores at low cost. 

 

Book your flights to Ponta Delgada (the main island of Sao Miguel) as well as your domestic flights to the different islands, your accommodation and your tours and activities in the Azores.

 

Discover 10 reasons to visit The Azores, one of the Safest Destinations in EuropeReconnect with nature and yourself – Discover the Azores.

 


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Cascata da Ribeira do Ferreiro

Flores Island

The island of Flores is the ideal destination for a safe holiday & a digital detox. Fairly easy to access from the main island of Ponta Delgada (1h15 by plane), Flores is with Corvo, the westernmost island of the Azores archipelago.

 

Cascata da Ribeira do Ferreiro (Poço da Alagoinha) is a must-see during your stay in Flores. Meditate with your eyes wide open, watch the different shades of colours, the thousand variations of green, the sunrays or clouds that can change the landscape in the blink of an eye. Garden of Eden? Jurassic Park? don’t think too much about what that might look like or surf the Internet, just go (be sure to wear the right shoes)!  Park your car upstream, walk for a while then sit on a tree trunk or the luscious grass and watch the landscape: you will remain speechless. 

 

Do not miss the delicious jams from the guava tree and the honey which owes its intense taste to the thousands of flowers that grow on the island.

 

Want to live real adventures and connect with nature? Book your stay in the Azores, Europe's safest destination.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada (Island of Sao Miguel) as well as a domestic flight to Flores (1h15 - 90 €). 

 

Where to stay: "Aldeia da Cuada", all units come with a patio with ocean views.  

 


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Whale Watching

Faial Island

Faial and the port of Horta are synonymous with stopovers, discoveries and encounters for the most daring and courageous sailors, those who cross the Atlantic alone or with their family. They will rediscover there, for a few days as a stopover or for a lifetime if they settle there, the joy of a welcoming lush island.

 

Here, nature reigns supreme and is protected by an army of botanists, geologists and experts in flora and fauna. The island of Faial forms a triangle with Sao Jorge and Pico; travel between the 3 islands and discover breath-taking natural landscapes, culinary specialties unique in the world, wines matured at the foot of the volcanoes of Pico, wild flower honey and Azorean cheese.

 

There are 1000 things to do in Faial for nature lovers. Faial is a safe and sustainable tourism destination awarded by the European Commission for its commitment to the protection of nature. It is, therefore, a prime destination for a safe and sustainable tourism vacation to reconnect with yourself, your family and nature.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel Island) as well as a domestic flight to Horta (Faial). There are even direct Lisbon-Horta flights. 

 

Where to stay:  "Quinta das Buganvilias" if you want to enjoy tasty breakfasts with 100% local produce and wake up in a gigantic garden with views of Pico, this is the place for you.

 


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Stand-up paddle

Sao Miguel Island

There is no more gentle, eco-friendly, and healthy way to discover one of the beauties and riches of the Azores, its magnificent coasts.

 

Live the experience of a calm sport, suitable for all, and which will reconnect you with nature, calm and silence. Stand up paddle has virtues close to meditation. You are calm, focused on your body, on your balance and on the outside world.

 

You can rent stand up paddle in most of the islands of the Azores or be accompanied by a guide by booking your activities in the Azores at the best price.

 

Goodbye city trip and hello nature traveller. Treat yourself to memories of a lifetime by discovering one of the safest destinations in Europe, the Azores. 

 

How to get there:  Book your flights to Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel).

 

Where to stay: "Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort" located on the North coast of the Island of Sao Miguel.  

 


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Sete Cidades

Sao Miguel Island

These are the kind of landscapes that you see on screen savers: pure nature, breath-taking panoramas, wild flowers and protected biodiversity. Here, the air is pure, the limpid water of the lakes is turquoise and the flora and fauna are lush.

 

Leave your pc and disconnect from this stressful life to reconnect with nature. This landscape is very real and awaits you on the island of Sao Miguel, the largest island in the Azores, one of the safest destinations in Europe (Covid-19).

 

Sete Cidades is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal. You can discover the Green and Blue lakes, some of the most beautiful sustainable landscapes in Europe. Legend has it that a shepherd and a Princess fell madly in love, but the King forbade them to meet again.  They were so inconsolable that their tears formed two beautiful lakes, one green, for the Princess's eyes were green, and the other blue, for the shepherd's eyes were blue.

 

Emblematic place of the Azores, Sete Cidades has also been elected as one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada as well as your activities and tours in The Azores such as a Sete Cidades tour. 

 

Where to stay:  "Casas do Monte" offers accommodation with Atlantic Ocean views.

 


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Corvo Crater

Corvo Island

If you want to experience ecotourism adventures and immersive cultural discoveries, the island of Corvo is for you.

 

The name of this island is a promise in itself. Corvo means Crow but its full name was "Corvo Marinho" which means cormorant. This small island of landscapes of rare beauty is a paradise for travellers in search of authenticity and who wish to get away from crowded places: Corvo Island is populated by only ... 430 inhabitants.

 

Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this green & safe paradise is quite easy to access because it is well connected to the island of Flores (40 min by ferry), itself well connected to the other islands of the Azores (regular departure from Ponta Delgada / Sao Miguel Island, 1h30 by plane).

 

You will adore Corvo if you are an off-the-beaten-track traveller and nature lover. Do not miss the crater: 300m deep and 2.3km in diametre; it is said that once inside you can see the other 8 islands of the Azores archipelago.

 

Corvo is a destination of choice for recharging your batteries in the middle of nature, far from the crowds, for bird watching and soaking up a culture unique in the world, that of a community of inhabitants who live permanently connected with nature.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada where you will stay for a few days (the island is beautiful). You will then take a flight to Flores and a ferry ticket to Corvo (40 min by boat). 

 

Where to stay:  “Casa Via D'Agua” (Flores Island) featuring a restaurant, barbecue facilities and a terrace.

 


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Pico Mountain Trail

Pico Island

Imagine an island named after Pico, a volcano as beautiful as it is bewitching. On this piece of land which appeared several centuries ago under the impulse of nature in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, men have achieved great things.

 

Respecting the land, nature and working with what they had on hand, they built volcanic stone walls to protect the plantations from the salty wind and imported earth to plant vines. They now have been producing their unique wine for generations of courageous and daring women and men.

 

 

You won't see another landscape like this in Europe so don't hesitate a second and plan your safe and sustainable tourism vacation in one of the safest destinations in Europe (Covid-19)

 

Do you need another reason to discover Pico? You will find incredible underground caves formed by the lava flows at the origin of this magnificent volcano. 

 

How to get there: The island of Pico can be reached by air and by sea. There are direct connections with Lisbon operated by Azores Airlines. SATA Air Açores also connects Pico with Ponta Delgada and Terceira. 

 

Where to stay:  “Baco's Resort” offers views of the volcano.

 


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Parque Terra Nostra

Furnas - Sao Miguel Island

Bathing in the thermal waters of "Parque Terra Nostra", one of the emblematic places of the Azores is a unique experience.

 

This park, built in 1780, is famous for the thermal waters of its beautiful and gigantic swimming pool, unchanged since 1935. You will not only bathe in waters rich in minerals but also in the Azores ‘past and in one of the most emblematic sustainable tourism destinations in Europe.

 

Reconnect with nature and recharge your batteries with the minerals of its exceptional thermal waters. The magnificent gardens are there to contribute to your well-being and relaxation.

 

Staying at the iconic hotel located in this park has to be a great experience; but you can also come for a walk or a tasty meal at the restaurant.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel Island). Furnas is only a 40-minute drive away. 

 

Where to stay: "Terra Nostra Garden Hotel" nestled in one of the world's best "green retreats", this art deco hotel is perfect for a relaxing and well-being stay in the Azores.

 


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Mosteiros Beach

Sao Miguel Island

Come surf all year round in one of the safest and best sustainable destinations for outdoor sports. Although this surf spot is famous, it is never overcrowded as there are many spots like this one in the Azores. This beautiful black sand beach is also a perfect place for a relaxing day by the ocean. The black basalt rocks in the ocean make this place uniquely captivating.

 

While children, friends or parents are surfing, you can enjoy lunch in one of the two snack bars (toilets are also available) or simply lie down on the beach and rest.

 

Pack your suitcase for the Azores now, bring your eco-friendly sunscreen and dive into the blue waters of one of the safestbest sustainable destinations for outdoor sports in Europe.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada Airport (Sao Miguel Island), your activities and tours in the Azores. 

 

Where to stay: "Mosteiros Place" for its breathtaking views over its gardens and the ocean.   

 


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Maia Natural Pool

Santa Maria Island

The Maia bathing site is one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools. Bathe in a 100% eco-friendly swimming pool with water constantly renewed by the ocean’s waves. The Azores are truly Europe's best destination for safe and sustainable tourism experiences and wilderness adventures.

 

From your natural swimming pool, you can admire the Maia Lighthouse, one of the iconic places of the Azores, one of the most beautiful landscapes of this archipelago of 9 islands of rare beauty.

 

Treat yourself to a pure moment of detox and reconnection with nature for an eco-responsible  holiday in one of the safest destinations in Europe (Covid-19).

 

Be sure to visit Praia Formosa, one of the few white sand beaches in the Azores. During your stay on the island of Santa Maria, also set off to discover "Baia de Sao Lourenço" one of the most beautiful bays in the world, overlooked by a vineyard from which comes a wine to be enjoyed with a great meal in the evening. 

 

How to get there: Azores Airlines operates flights to and from Lisbon and SATA Air Açores connects Santa Maria to Ponta Delgada and the rest of the Azores.

 

Where to stay: "Casa dos Tomarinhos". Couples particularly like the location.

 


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Tea Factories

Sao Miguel Island

You love to start the day with a cup of tea and end it with an infusion? Save space in your suitcases and visit "Cha Gorreana" or  Fábrica do Porto Formoso, the only 2 tea producers in Europe. Lightly perfumed, with a subtle taste, the Azorean green tea is famous for its virtues.

 

Founded almost 150 years ago, the Gorreana Tea factory located in the middle of tea plantations on the heights of Sao Miguel, allows visits to the delight of tea lovers.

This is not a museum, but a real manufacturing site where you can see tea leaves drying, then sorted, bagged and ready to sell. 

 

Admission is free and it's even possible to taste (for free) green or black tea at the end of your visit. Feel free to take the tour on your own. Come and experience a pure moment of detox by reconnecting with yourself and nature in a safe and sustainable destination.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel Island) as well as your tours and activities in the Azores. Cha Gorreana is located 30 minutes by car from Ponta Delgada. 

 

Where to stay:  "Pedras do Mar Resort & Spa" featuring ocean views. 

 


 

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