Join us on a 10 Day Discover Azores Photo Tour. Discover the beauty and unique landscape of São Miguel, Flores and Terceira Island.

dates: 21 – 30 April 2022

Created by local photographer Bruno Azera and Tim Frates

Explore the beauty of the Azores and its pristine islands with this one of a kind 10 Day Discover Azores Spring Photo Tour. Suitable for all levels of photographic knowledge, our goal is to show you the most photogenic locations in the Azores, away from the tourist crowd while staying in accommodations that provide you with the best experience.

In this crazy current Covid-19 world, it is natural that you might feel frightened of travelling. Here’s why you should consider this Photo Tour in the Azores. It’s considered One of the safest destinations in Europe in 2021 from the European Best Destination Organization.

“In 2021, Azores is one the safest, most surprising, and comfortable destination. In this new reality, the 9 islands of Azores distinguish themselves by the security they offer”

Patchwork of Terceira Island

The Azores are nine beautiful volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean. The archipelago is green, volcanic, and remote. With breathtaking landscapes in its purest state and one of the largest whale sanctuaries, provides exceptional conditions for photography during any time of the year.

We will travel by private shuttle and commercial flights as we explore the different photographic sights of São Miguel, Flores and Terceira Island. All transportation, local flights between islands, and accommodations are included in the tour cost to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.  This allows our participants to concentrate on enjoying and capturing the unbelievable scenery of the islands.

Immerse yourself in the amazing culture, the warm-hearted people, and the photographic gems of the Azores islands. From volcanic villages, hot springs to whale watching, as long as you have a sense of adventure, then this is the perfect travel photography tour for you.

One of the main topics that travellers also talk about when visiting the Azores, is that you don’t waste time driving from one location to another. Every photography spot is close by, in some cases just a 20-minute drive or less. Throughout the tour, your expert photo guides will be on hand, sharing their knowledge with you both in-field and out to ensure that you’ll have a well-rounded learning experience.

Although we have a specific itinerary planned, we also allow some flexibility to take advantage of photographic opportunities we encounter along the day.


These photo tours are always for small groups, a maximum of 5 participants, it’s a one-on-one experience.



São Miguel / Flores / Terceira Island


03-12 March 2022 / 07-16 April 2022

10 Days



single occupancy in private room




Nature / Landscape


Mostly Easy

only small hikes are involved


4 / 5 Star Hotels


Beginner / amateur / enthusiast / semi-pro photographers

  • Visit 3 different Islands
  • Top spots of the Islands
  • Epic views
  • Discover the underground world
  • Photograph inside a volcano
  • Explore a mystical forest
  • Hot springs
  • Hike through endemic vegetation
  • HDR and long exposure techniques
  • Taste unique local cuisine
  • 2 Professional photo guide (fluent in Portuguese and English)
  • Photographic field instructions
  • Tips and tricks along the day
  • Image reviews
  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle
  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • All Breakfasts
  • Park fees
  • Local flight tickets to transfer between islands
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from the airport
  • Post-processing and editing sessions
  • Welcome lunch and farewell dinner
  • Lots of fun
  • Alcoholic beverages and other drinks
  • Snacks, lunch, and dinners not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Flight tickets to Ponta Delgada from the original departure point
  • Visas (if needed)
  • Gratuities for photo guides, local guides and/or drivers
  • Personal Insurance (required) / We recommend IATI or World Nomads
  • Camera (DSLR / Mirrorless)
  • Wide angle lens / midrange zoom / telephoto (optional)
  • Tripod (recommended)
  • Comfortable clothes, waterproof jacket and hiking shoes
  • Extra water and snacks



We welcome you at João Paulo II airport in Ponta Delgada. Upon arrival, due to Covid-19, you go through all the necessary health checks at the airport. We provide the transportation to your hotel. You have the morning to relax or explore by yourself the city and we will pick you up later for a delicious welcome lunch in a local restaurant. This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have and to get to know your fellow travellers a little better.

After lunch we head to Salto do Cabrito waterfall. A place where you can explore it’s environment and play with long exposure photography.

For sunset we visit one of my favorite locations of São Miguel, Lagoa do Fogo volcanic lake, and one of the highest points of the island. It usually tends to be cloudy or foggy during the day and ultimately ruin any potential view to be had.

Lagoa do Fogo



Our second day starts at Lagoa do Fogo. Yes, we’ll visit this amazing place for a second time. Sunrise here is different from yesterday’s spot, and if you have a drone take full advantage of it. You can create really unique perspectives up here.

After lunch we travel west and explore the volcanic crater of Sete Cidades, two multi-colored lakes of Lagoa Verde and Azul. It’s an incredible sight and the best way to have a sense of the surrounding area. If you have a drone, Lagoa do Canario by air reveals a really interesting shape.

Further along the dirt road, we arrive at one of the highlights of the Azores, Boca do Inferno viewpoint. The crater lakes of Sete Cidades can be viewed from several different viewpoints, but it’s hard to beat this spot.

For sunset, we drive through Sete Cidades down to Mosteiros beach to capture the last light of the day in a beautiful seascape photography location.

Boca do Inferno
Mosteiros beach



The morning starts at Vila Franca Islet. You really need a drone for this location, one of the most beautiful and unique places in the Azores. Next, we explore the beaches and seascapes of the south of São Miguel and finishing at Caloura for lunch.

After lunch, we head out for a hike at Lagoa do Congro, a hidden jewel amidst the lush green vegetation.

Next, the oldest and currently the only tea plantation in Europe, Gorreana Tea factory. Get to know the factory and explore its surroundings. The landscape here is unique, the shape and texture of the green tea leaf’s creates endless photography possibilities. 

We make our way northeast to the beautiful and rugged landscape of Nordeste, exploring amazing places along the way like Ribeira dos Caldeirões and Poço Azul.

Vila Franca Islet
Gorreana tea plantation
Ribeira dos Caldeirões



We start our morning at Santa Iria viewpoint for sunrise. The location of our hotel is perfect for photographers. Being so close to these sunrises locations, we head back for breakfast before heading out to Lagoa das Furnas, a spectacular crater lake where you will have the chance do photograph mud pools and other steaming geothermal features.

We will try the famous local dish known as Cozido at Vale das Furnas restaurant, which is unique to this town and is cooked by volcanic steam, as well as the sweet muffins called bolo lêvedo.

Terra Nostra Park is our next spot and considered one of the most beautiful gardens, with the added bonus of having thermal pools. Be sure to bring your swimwear, with temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius, provides a sensation of rest and relaxation for the rest of the day.

In the afternoon we head back to the north coast of the island to photograph the coastline for sunset.

Lagoa das Furnas
Terra Nostra Park
Lagoa das Furnas Garden



We arrive at the best-kept secret of Europe, the wild and beautiful Island of Flores. After checking in at our accommodations and a quick lunch, we focus on the western part of the Island, beginning at the impressive basalt columns of Rocha dos Bordões.

From there, we’ll make a short hike to the beautiful waterfalls of Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro. At the base of the waterfalls is an astonishing lagoon that makes for a variety of exciting compositions.

Late in the afternoon, we’ll head to the Fajã Grande environmental protection area for a sunset session at the Poço do Bacalhau waterfall. It’s a great place to practice aerial photography so if you have a drone, then be sure to bring it along.

Our first day finishes with a portuguese style dinner at local restaurant.

Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro


26/04/2022 – 27/04/2022

The weather in Azores is very unpredictable, specially in Flores, things change fast, we might have to visit the same place twice.

Our day starts with sunrise at the seascape of Baía da Alagoa, a rocky bay overlooking a group of rugged basalt sea stacks as our main subject and Corvo Island in the background or a panoramic view of Lagoa Negra and Comprida.

Continuing our journey, we head out to discover the seascapes of the Island, a perfect opportunity to put into practice some of the tips and tricks that you’ve learned during the tour. We also visit Lagoa Rasa and Lagoa Funda, a really interesting landscape due to the difference in altitude between the two lagoons, Caldeira do Mosteiro and the viewpoints of Craveiro Lopes and Portal.

Also on our list, is the impressive landscape of the northwest end of Flores Island for sunset, with Albarnaz lighthouse looking strong on top of the cliffs.

A hike is needed to get to our next spot, but it’s totally worth it! Your are on top of the world overlooking the massive waterfall of Ribeira Grande.

We have one more activity left, we try our luck with astrophotography at Rocha dos Frades. Despite the Azores being known for its impressive weather, if the conditions are right, Flores Island is an ideal spot for this type of photography.

Lagoa Negra and Comprida
Ribeira Grande waterfall



Morning flight to Terceira Island. Home of the Unesco world heritage site of Angra do Heroísmo. After setting in at our accommodation, we have some free time to enjoy the city, before heading out and discovering the Island. The viewpoint of Monte Brasil is the perfect spot to start.

After lunch we go straight to one of the highlights of the Island, Algar do Carvão. The only volcano in the world that you can walk inside it. Unfortunately, tripods are not allowed, so bring the fastest and widest lens you have.

Five minutes up the road we stop at the Black Forest. A unique location due to its dense vegetation, light has a really hard time penetrating these trees. Depending on the weather, photographing here is never the same.

Along the way we explore beautiful forest roads, some of the best hidden gems are found here. Depending on the weather, we head up for sunset at Serra de Santa Bárbara, the highest point of the Island and a really awesome spot to finish our day.

Black Forest



Big views and seascapes, that’s our plan for the day. We start early with a drive to Serra da Ribeirinha. On top of the southern rim of a volcano, we have a panoramic view of the coast. With Serra do Morião and Serra Santa Bárbara on the right side, overlooking Monte Brasil and two more Islands in the background, São Jorge and Pico.

Next, we head to one of our favorite locations of the Azores, Pico Dona Joana. The volcano cones with Ilhéu das Cabras in the background is one of the most unique perspectives you will see in the Azores.

At noon, we arrive at Praia da Vitória to have lunch and enjoy the view of the beach. Terceira Island is known to have the best food of the Azores, so we have to make the best out of it.

We head out to the north part of the Island, to Ponta do Mistério. One of the Islands most attractive coastal areas. A mysterious green-glazed lunar landscape, with the blue Atlantic ocean in the background, creates an amazing sight.

For sunset, we visit the popular summer spot of Biscoitos. A picturesque town, known for its wine growing region and even more for its beautiful natural pools. The rugged black colored lava fields sculpted by waves makes for really interesting landscapes.

Considered the most beautiful viewpoint in Portugal, we reserved the best for last. The unique view to the interior of the island, known as the “patchwork”, consisting of walls of volcanic stones dividing the farmer fields into square-shaped figures, makes Serra do Cume the epic spot to photograph the last light of the day.

Foggy sunset of Pico Dona Joana with Ilhéu das Cabras in the background, Terceira Island, Azores
Pico Dona Joana
Serra do Cume



Unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye and fly home. Transfers to the airport are arranged based on the hour of your flight with no additional costs.

We hope you cherish all of these amazing memories and fantastic photographs from the Azores.



During our visit to the Azores we will be staying in Hotel Verde Mar & Spa, Aldeia da Cuada and Hotel Azoris Angra Garden.


Bruno Ázera is a nature and landscape photographer from Terceira Island with years of experience in the field. Being a local, he leads photo tours and adventures in Azores.


Tim Frates is an American photographer, specialised in fine art and high-end prints. He captures his vision in Fujifilm Medium Format cameras for ultimate imagine quality.


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