ULTIMATE AZORES PHOTO TOUR
Join us on a 14 Day Ultimate Azores Photo Tour. Discover and photograph the unique landscapes of São Miguel, Terceira, Flores, Faial, Pico and São Jorge Islands.
dates: 15-28 September 2022
Created by local photographer Bruno Azera
Explore the beauty of the Azores and its pristine islands with this one of a kind 14 Day Ultimate Azores Photo Tour. Suitable for all levels of photographic knowledge, my 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”
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, Terceira, Flores, Faial, Pico, and São Jorge Islands. All transportation, local flights, boat ride s between islands, and accommodations are included in the tour cost to make it as easy and stress-free as possible. This allows the 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 guide 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, allowing some flexibility to take advantage of photographic opportunities we encounter along the day.
ULTIMATE AZORES PHOTO TOUR
These photo tours are always for small groups, a maximum of 5 participants, it’s a one-on-one experience.
São Miguel / Terceira / Flores / Faial / Pico / São Jorge
15-28 September 2022
single occupancy in private room
Nature / Landscape
Easy / Moderate
only small hikes are involved
4 / 5 Star Hotels
Beginner / amateur / enthusiast / semi-pro photographers
DAY 1 / SÃO MIGUEL / ARRIVAL
I 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. Transportation is provided to our hotel. You have the morning to relax or explore by yourself the city and I 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.
DAY 2 / SÃO MIGUEL
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.
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 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.
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.
DAY 3 / SÃO MIGUEL
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 in our agenda we head 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 make our way northeast to the beautiful and rugged landscape of Nordeste, exploring amazing places along the way like Ribeira dos Caldeirões.
DAY 4 / TERCEIRA
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.
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.
In the afternoon 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.
For sunset, we finish our day at 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.
DAY 5 / TERCEIRA
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.
Along the way we explore beautiful forest roads and hike through endemic vegetation, some of the best hidden gems are found here, like the Gold Forest.
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.
DAY 6 / FLORES
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 a local restaurant.
DAY 7-8 / FLORES
21/09/2022 – 22/09/2022
The weather in the 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.
DAY 9 / FAIAL – PICO
Welcome to Faial Island, part of the so called “triangle islands”, together with São Jorge and the neighbouring Island of Pico, separated by the Faial Channel, a narrow sea inlet about 8 km wide.
For lunch we visit Peter Café Sport, the emblematic spot in the Azores with more than 100 years of history.
We arrive at Madalena by boat, a 30 minute trip from Horta in Faial.
Pico is home to the highest mountain in Portugal, standing 2351 meters high. Hot and dry climate, together with its stunning mosaic of black stone walls form the Island vineyard culture, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2004. We will explore and photograph this landscape at Criação Velha in the afternoon, and wait for the best light. Depending on the weather, we might have Pico Mountain in the background and the red windmill as our main subject.
DAY 10 / PICO
Our eleventh day starts at Lagoa do Capitão with the mountain in the background. Pico Island is known for its volcanic cones spread out in the landscape. Some even have beautiful colored lagoons inside. A drone is ideal in these situations, achieving perspectives only from high above the ground.
The Laurissilva Forest, a relic of what remains of the vegetation that dates back million years ago, is found in isolated spots in all islands, but one of the most significants evidences of this forest are in central plateau of Pico Island. The intertwined beautiful shape of these trees are an amazing subject to photograph specially with foggy conditions.
Pico has one of the largest visitable lava tubes in the world, Gruta das Torres, which stretches for five kilometres and is embellished by various types of lava stalactites and stalagmites, and ridged walls. This activity is optional, caves are not for everyone, but this is a really amazing place.
In the afternoon we discover the south coastline of the Island and finish for sunset at Lajes do Pico.
DAY 11 / SÃO JORGE
We start our day at Velas, São Jorge Island. After checking in at our hotel we head out for lunch at a local restaurant.
Take some time to rest, we just go out in the afternoon to the south-western coast of the Island. Starting at a really interesting spot in Rosais, with Pico Mountain in the background. We continue to Ferra Afonso viewpoint and Ponta dos Rosais lighthouse. Photographing amazing seascapes and cliffs. This is a perfect spot to fly a drone.
After dinner, we explore the triangle of the Azores at night. Depending on the weather, we can see Pico and Faial lights separated by the Atlantic, an amazing experience.
DAY 12 / SÃO JORGE
Our day begins with a sunrise at Fajã dos Cubres viewpoint. overlooking massive sea-cliffs with heights between 300 and 700 metres and several Fajãs, mostly detritic platforms, as the Fajãs of Cubres and Caldeira de Santo Cristo, together they constitute the only coastal lagoon system in the Azores, a priority and protected habitat.
The next location is the most beautiful natural swimming pools of the archipelago, the Instaspot of Poça Simão Dias at Fajã do Ouvidor. Our morning will be spend exploring and photographing this unique place.
After lunch at a local restaurant our next adventure starts with a 45 minutes hike to “the highlight of the island”: Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo. Considered one of the most beautiful and sought after places for rest and isolation from everyday stress.
Our day ends with a dinner at Velas and a good night rest for another sunrise in the next morning.
DAY 13 / SÃO JORGE
Sunrise at the picturesque town of Urzelina to photograph the red windmills with the Pico mountain in the background.
Heading to Topo, we’ll make a stop at Fajã dos Vimes to visit Café Nunes that serves the famous Café da Fajã dos Vimes, well known for being the only coffee produced in Europe for a long time.
After our lunch in Calheta, the second biggest town in São Jorge, we head to Cascata do Cruzal, photographing amazing sceneries at viewpoints along the way.
Located at the eastern end of São Jorge, Vila do Topo is our next destination. A perfect spot to fly and photograph the coast and the Natural Reserve Islet of Topo. The islet has a flattened surface, it is mainly composed of volcanic tuffs and basalts and is separated from the island due to erosion.
Our last evening in São Jorge ends with a dinner at a local and unique panoramic restaurant that cooks all the meals in wood ovens.
DAY 14 / SÃO MIGUEL / DEPARTURE
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 Hotels and Guesthouses.
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