Sailing area : Azores

The Azores, the Portuguese archipelago

The Azores are a group of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,450 km west of Lisbon. The surface area of the Azores is 2,346 km². The climate is temperate with a wind from the Gulf Stream that moderates the temperatures. It can rain at all times of the year, but tends to be particularly abundant in winter.

The Azores comprise nine islands. Sao Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago, Santa Maria, and five central islands: Faial, Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico, and, to the west Flores and Corvo.

Sailing in the Azores from Ponta Delgada?

Set sail from Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel with your boat rental and make your way to Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and, finally, Faial. In the Azores, the weather changes very quickly and it is not uncommon to see a bright sunny sky be replaced by rain, thus making the conditions very difficult to predict.

Places to visit in the Azores

In Ponta Delgada, you will see animals that you have never seen before. With your boat rental, you will be able to swim with dolphins and admire sperm whales in their natural environment. For walkers, the "king's view" offers a clear view over the Cadeira das Sete Cidades and its natural lakes, especially the "Lagoa das Sete Cidades". In the centre of the island, you will enjoy the relaxing moments offered by the Caldeira Velha, located in Ribeira Grande and the beauty of the waterfall that flows into the Lagoa de Fogo, a lake formed in the centre of a volcano by the rain. It is possible to swim there without any problems: The water is warm and forms a natural swimming pool. On this island, it is also possible to find a superb 12-hectare park with a luxuriant plant life and a pool with water at 38°C. In Lagoa das Furnas, it is possible to enjoy a canoe trip or walk around the shores of the lake. In Miradouro Ponta do Sossego, a magnificent view over the rural landscape awaits you. You will be able to enjoy a picnic there as you admire the view. After that, discover a fantastic landscape with a view over the black cliffs that plunge into the sea at Miraudouro da Pedra dos Estorninhos. Then, head towards Miradouro da Tromba de Elefante and discover the elephant-shaped cliffs there that line the coast.

In Terceira, you will be able to devote yourself to water sports, in particular in the bays of Anga do Heroismo and Praia da Victoria, which offer perfect conditions for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. You will also be able to take advantage of the bathing areas to rest or even swim in the area around Praia da Victoria, Biscoitos or Porto Martins.

Surrounded by a sea with an abundance of fish, the island of Terceira is the ideal spot for fishing, especially the areas around Silveira and Sao Mateus. Sailors will find plenty to amuse themselves in the marinas of Angra do Heroismo and Praia da Vitoria.

For scuba diving enthusiasts, the archaeological park in the bay of Angra do Heroismo is an excellent spot. There, you will find the anchor cemetery and the wreck of the Lidador.

On Terceira island, you will find many caves and caverns to visit that will delight potholing enthusiasts. Then, set out for Caldeira Guilherme Moniz: The largest crater in the archipelago with a perimeter of 15 km! A major geological attraction not to be missed at any cost.

In Sao Jorge, enjoy the dizzying view from the cliffs that plunge into the sea. A breathtaking view can be enjoyed: A sculpted natural landscape, with cliffs and fajas all around and a clear view over Pico island.

The latter is also called the "Mountain island". It is the island with the highest mountains in Portugal and a multitude of varied landscapes: From lava fields to the typical wine making landscapes of Pico island not to mention the many lakes such as Lagoas do Capitao, Lagoa do Caiado, or Lagoa do Paul. For geology enthusiasts, a visit to the Fumaroles will surprise you with its steam rising from the earth at the foot of the volcano.

Faial is an island with sheer landscapes and a beautiful basalt relief that sculpt the landscape and contrast with the blue of the sea. From the coast of the island, you will definitely have the chance to watch whales and dolphins swimming in the ocean. You will also be able to set out on a walk in the forest and discover the lush natural environment and reach the top of the island where you will be able to admire the huge craters. Above all, Faial is the perfect destination for scuba diving, game fishing, sailing, surfing or magnificent boat trips.

Coolsailing offers you the chance to enjoy a cruise in the Azores in a boat rental. You will be able to choose from among the several ranges of boats. We hire all sorts of boats from catamarans to luxury yachts. Why wait? It will be our pleasure to help you to book.

The ports in this sailing area

Angra do Heriosmo, Faial, HORTA, Ponta Delgada, Vila Franca Do Campo, Vilamoura ...