Hiking in the Azores

Adventures in a Breathtaking Archipelago

Trip Level

This trip is Level 3. On most days, we have hikes of 3 to 7 miles (3-5 hours). There is one optional strenuous hike, the 8-9 hour climb of Pico Mountain on Day 5.  Lightweight walking boots are acceptable, but please note that many of the trails are on rocky, uneven ground, so it is important that your footwear is comfortable, with a good hiking sole. Occasionally there are steeper paths and steps on the coastal walks, and if there has been rain, there may be muddy patches. Hiking poles will be beneficial on some days. On non-hiking days, we’ll still be on foot as we explore the towns or sites. For maximum enjoyment, you must be in fit shape and ready to walk.

Although hotel rooms in Europe are not always of uniform or international size, our Trip Leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.


The Azores have a subtropical maritime climate and mild temperatures throughout the year. In summer, temperatures average 65°F to 80°F, but it can be humid. Clouds and rain are a possibility any time of the year, although the summer months are the sunniest.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


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