The major attraction in the Azores Islands is its volcanic landscape which offers outstanding trekking, walking and fantastic scenery. Some islands are infertile but others offer fertile plains and lush green mountains.These islands also boast of numerous quality resorts and beaches and its quaint villages and towns are also charming.The islands are part of Portugal and very popular with tourists who like to stay in holiday rentals. There is a great selection of holiday villas and apartments that can be rented as holiday homes in the Azores.The Azores Islands have become a very popular destination among the active tourist because of the range of activities that can be enjoyed here. The first popular activity in the Azores Islands is fishing.The water that surrounds the Azores has many sharks and fish. Many people come here on a fishing holiday and stay in self catering holiday homes. The main fish that can be found here are Blue Marlin, Yellowfin, White Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo.
Shark fishing is a major tourist attraction and you may be lucky enough to catch gill, mako and hammerheads. The largest blue marlin caught here weighed 1189 pounds and the white marlin, weigh around 65 pounds on an average. Saltwater fly fishing is also gaining popularity because of the mellow weather conditions during summers and the abundance of white marlin.The second activity that is worth enjoying in Azores Islands is hiking up, under, through and around the volcanoes. On the Faial island, there is a nature park which features a wonderful hiking trail to a dormant volcano’s rim. The Pico Island is 7700 feet which is the highest in Portugal. The climb takes around three hours and the views from there are well worth all the hard effort.Hikers will be able to see the flower covered slopes and craters along the trek and the best part is that it is not a very difficult climb. The Povocao to Nordeste is an eleven mile hike in Sao Miguel Island. It passes through small villages and forests, offering stunning views of the flower covered hills.The West Coast Walk is a 10 miles coastline hike in Flores Island offering steep descents and ascents. It takes the traveler from grass to cobbled paths and dirt pathways which cover the rolling Flores coastline. A boulder hopping and river crossing make this hiking a real adventure.The third activity to be enjoyed in Azores Islands is biking. Travelers have the option to choose from back country roads, sea side routes or mountain paths or even a combination of all three. The mountain bikers can try a dirt road to visit the hidden valleys, tiny towns and garden landscapes. The fourth activity to do while here staying in a holiday home is that of whale watching.The Azores has been named as one of the top ten whale watching sites of the world. You will be able to hop aboard a semi-inflatable small motor boat and go searching for a whale. The sightings are usually guaranteed and may include species such as sperm whales, finned, northern bottlenose, pilot, humpback, orcas and beaked whales.
The fifth activity popular in Azores Islands is bull fighting which is dramatic as well as elegant. The best part is that the bulls are not killed like elsewhere but a bullfighter targets it with a safe dart and places it into the back muscle of the bull. While these bullfights may take place in a ring during the equestrian festivals, they can also be seen on streets at times.There is so much to do in the Azores on holiday and many families now come here and stay in self catering holiday homes. These holiday villas and self catering holiday apartments act as a great base to explore these beautiful islands. A combination of good food, ideal climate and friendly locals makes the Azores such a popular holiday home rental destination.
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