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The Azores archipelago is located off the coast of Portugal, of which it is part, in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, just a two-hour flight from Lisbon. The nine islands that make up the Azores are not very popular with mass tourism, perhaps because they offer tourism for the few, made up of multiple paths in the midst of lush vegetation, panoramas to be seen overlooking the cliffs or the volcanic origin of the islands that has made the beaches tinged with many shades of black for the high basalt content, probably resulting unattractive to lovers of sea holidays only. We can call them the Hawaii of Europe. In such a particular context 3 absolutely unique Golf Courses are inserted.
A small, wonderful, lush island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Mild climate all year round, in a few months the insistence of rains could annoy, but for a veteran golfer like you it’s not a problem to enjoy their Top Golf Holiday Hours.
- 1 GENERAL MAP: Golf Courses, Airports, main Tours & Activities places
- 2 GOLF COURSES
- 3 WHEN TO GO TO AZORES
- 4 WHERE TO STAY IN AZORES
- 5 WHAT TO EAT IN AZORES
- 6 YOUR FREE TIME IN AZORES
- 7 HOW TO REACH AZORES
- 8 TRAVEL INSURANCE
- 9 CALL TO ACTION
GENERAL MAP: Golf Courses, Airports, main Tours & Activities places
Consult the general map to plan the organization of your golf experience in VENICE. Inside you will find golf courses, airports and the main places where you can practice Tours & Activities (this Logo that you can see here)in order to have a general vision that allows you to plan first. Remember to integrate with the hotel booking map regarding the choice of the best hotel / villa / apartment. that you can see here
Sao Miguel island
Batalha Golf Course
Furnas Golf Club
How to get to Terceira
The most common way to reach Terceira is by plane. In Terceira there is a small airport located in Lajes, which covers the routes from continental Europe. From Lisbon, with Azores Airlines, it is possible to arrive on the island with a flight of just over 2 hours. The same company then offers flights to move from one island to another.
The alternative to the plane is to reach Terceira by ferry from one of the other islands, with the routes covered by the Atlanticoline company. The port of Terceira is located in Praia da Vitoria, a village located on the east coast of the island.
Some tips on golf courses:
To book the Tee Time, it is best to send an email to the secretary of the Golf Club you have chosen, asking for availability, obviously indicating the day and an indicative time. You can find the e-mail address by opening the Golf Club website from “Open website” and then searching for “contacts” or some Golf Clubs have the form to fill out to get the Tee Time. I think it’s better to send an email to the Secretariat. Opens Google Map at the point of the Golf Club. You can have the necessary information to reach the playing field or to know the distances for example from the Hotel you have chosen for the stay.
WHEN TO GO TO AZORES
The climate of the Azores is very mild: it is oceanic subtropical, cool for many months and pleasantly warm in summer: therefore it is not a tropical paradise. The Azores archipelago, which constitutes an autonomous Portuguese region, is located in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, the influence of the ocean, however, makes the climate even milder than it is in our southern regions, especially in summer, which is cooler in these islands.
In fact, winter temperatures, ranging from 11/12 ° C at night to 15/17 ° C during the day. As the months pass in the Azores, the temperatures vary slowly, so the highs exceed 20 degrees only from June to October. The records of the heat in the Azores are very low: temperatures almost never reach 30 degrees even in summer. On winter nights, on the other hand, temperatures rarely drop below 7/8 degrees.
If it is true that they have a mild climate, and that they have given their name to the famous anticyclone that brings good weather on the Mediterranean, one should not think that the weather is always sunny in the Azores. In fact, in the autumn and winter months the rains are frequent, and in some islands (the north-western ones) also abundant. There is no lack of wind storms in the period November-March.
The abundance of rains makes the landscape green and flowery; the flowers naturally bloom especially in spring and color the landscape, as evidenced by the name of the westernmost island, the very rainy Flores.
The total annual rainfall, which drops below 800 mm on the island of Santa Maria (the most south-eastern island), exceeds 900 mm on the island of São Miguel, while it reaches or exceeds 1,000 mm on the other islands (see Angra do Heroísmo, on the island of Terceira). In the summer months, from June to August, the rains are a bit rarer and less abundant, but there are still 5/7 rainy days per month.
The amount of sunshine in the Azores is not remarkable, especially in the October-April period, when the skies are often cloudy. Here is the average sunshine hours per day in Ponta Delgada.
Some of the islands are crossed in the internal areas by hilly or mountainous reliefs. The highest peak is Monte Pico, on the homonymous island; it is a 2,351 meter high volcano, which is also the highest mountain in Portugal. The slopes of the mountain are often covered by clouds, and are very rainy, while the top in winter and spring can be covered with snow.
For swimming, the ocean in summer is quite cool, but not prohibitive, at least for those who are not chilly: the water temperature is 22 degrees in July, and reaches 23 in August and September.
Occasionally the Azores islands can be hit by hurricanes, the tropical cyclones of the Atlantic, even if they generally arrive weakened because they have to move in a not very warm sea. Typically hurricanes move north-east after hitting the Caribbean, but sometimes they can come directly from the south, from the Cape Verde area. The Azores are almost always reached in September or October.
The best time to visit the Azores is the summer, especially in July and August, which are the hottest and sunniest months; having an oceanic climate, the Azores are affected by the delay with which the sea warms, so September is slightly warmer than June, and from the point of view of temperatures it is still a summer month, although during the month the rains become a little more frequent. In July and August temperatures are pleasant, moderate sunshine, the rains are not very frequent, while June is a little cooler and cloudy.
WHERE TO STAY IN AZORES
Azors Islands offers a wide choice of hotels. Of all categories, villas, apartments and more. Below you can find what you need as always with the utmost freedom to choose based on your needs.
Hotels & Apartments
Villas & Apartments
WHAT TO EAT IN AZORES
The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is not only a discovery from a naturalistic point of view, but it can also be a pleasant food and wine surprise if during the trip you indulge in a full immersion in the cuisine, flavors and smells of these places.
The most common and oldest dish are the soups (“Caldo de peixe”, the classic fish soup, the “hot green”, cabbage and potato soup and the “sopa do Spirito Santo”, a stew of meat and vegetables) , as well as codfish present in over 300 recipes. Being from the islands, fish is certainly the master, also because the prices of the dishes are truly accessible to everyone: mainly fried or grilled, you will find all the main Atlantic species such as grouper, tuna, swordfish, barracuda and octopus (very tasty the one served at the Rosa restaurant in Santa Cruz on the island of Flores).
Lapas are very common among molluscs and are torn directly from the rocks and then fried or eaten raw. You can find them on the menus of almost all the places on the various islands or served at the numerous local festivals that usually take place between July and August.
Thanks to the numerous cattle farms, meat is certainly not lacking. Excellent on the grill accompanied by sauces often a little spicy and rich in garlic (generally called guisado), you can taste it without being disappointed by Marcelino’s, a steak house with a well-kept atmosphere in the center of Hangra, Terceira. Do not miss the dried sausage, the linguica, which is always found combined with various types of potatoes.
In Horta, on the island of Faial, the main restaurants are located along the harbor. I recommend booking a table in time at the Genuino Restaurant: the owner was a Portuguese sailor who traveled alone for a long time with his sailboat, consequently the whole place, which is set up with souvenirs and travel memories, speaks of him and his exploits and the dishes you can taste are excellent. If you don’t find a free table, the O Arvore restaurant can be a valid alternative.
Also in Horta resides the Café Peter, a real institution of the place. The restaurant, which has always been owned by a single family, has been a meeting place for ship’s captains since the early twentieth century when they landed in Faial. Here the crews were sure they could count on the owner Henrique for any need and in return they donated flags, photos, dedications and thanks that hung on the walls of the room. The family has always kept these relics, setting up a small museum inside the room. Today entering the bar one feels overwhelmed by all these memories. It is really worth visiting it while enjoying one of its famous gin and tonic in the meantime.
If we move to Sao Miguel, the largest island of the archipelago, we cannot miss the appointment with the tasting of the “cozido das furnas” served by Tony’s in Furnas. It is a dish consisting of various types of meat (chicken, beef, pork and lamb accompanied by various vegetables) cooked in large pots inserted in holes covered with earth. The fumaroles that rise from the ground cook the ingredients in a natural way for 5 hours so that at noon you can taste what is considered the typical dish par excellence. The only negative note is the slight sulfur aftertaste that inevitably accompanies the dish.
Thanks to its climate, Sao Miguel is also famous for the cultivation of pineapples that are really exquisite as tropical ones and for the tea plantations (Gorreana), the only ones in Europe.
The island of Pico is instead famous for its wine, produced with effort and obstinacy by the local wine growers on the slopes of the Pico volcano, a land that is difficult and inhospitable at first glance. The results of these efforts are Verdelho, Terras de lava and Currao Atlantis all excellent white wines, while Basalt is one of the most appreciated reds.
YOUR FREE TIME IN AZORES
Some tips on how to spend your extra-golf time. Click on activity, enter the date you have decided and search among the countless fantastic opportunities
Tours & Activities, Food & Wine, Cooking class
HOW TO REACH AZORES
By clicking on the airport symbol, you access various info such as GPS, address, website
Airports & Golf Courses Map
Plan your flight
Search and book your best flight
Relax at the airport waiting for your flight
Search and book your best private flight
Claim compensation for your flight delay or cancellation
Plan your transfers
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CALL TO ACTION
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