Book cheap car hire in the Azores to explore nine fabulous islands, each one more spectacular than the last.
The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal. Located in the Atlantic Ocean this beautiful group of islands are the most western territory in Europe and perhaps the most beautiful destination in the entire continent. With its array of breath-taking multi-coloured lakes, and miles upon miles of picturesque forests, you could soon forget that you are still holidaying in Europe.
Here at Economy Car Hire, we strive to make it as easy as possible for you to explore everything the Azores have to offer. That is why prices always include unlimited mileage and breakdown assistance. Our head office is open 6 days a week to offer help and support. If you require assistance out of hours, we operate a 24/7 emergency service too. You really will get the best value car hire with us!
No matter which side of the Azores you start your holiday at, rest assured that Economy Car Hire will be close by to give you the keys to your brilliant set of wheels.
Land at Ponta Delgada Airport on São Miguel and you’re just a short drive from the national park of Caldeira Velha. Here you’ll find a warm waterfall fed by hot springs rich in minerals. Take a swim in the hot pools or stroll through the lush forest filled with flora and fauna. Then there is Ponta Delgada’s harbour, where the 16th century fortress Forte de Sao Bras fought off pirate attacks many centuries ago. Alternatively, head to the huge Lagoa das Sete Cidades (Lagoon of the Seven Cities). This twin-lake is situated in the crater of a dormant volcano and is surrounded by the huge cliffs of the crater’s edge.
Travel to Lagoa and you’ll find yourself close to the wonderful Furnas Valley. Located in the crater of an active volcano. As such, hot thermal springs and soothing mud pools can be found here. For something a little different, visit one of the Azores’ pineapple plantations – you can even sample freshly made pineapple liqueur.
The most recent part of the Azores to see any volcanic activity, Faial is home to a population of around 15,000 and known as the Blue Island. Its quiet, sheltered beaches are perfect for families and vising yachts. If you’re a bit of a horticulturist, Faial boasts magnificent hydrangeas and you should certainly head to Caldeira or the Botanic Gardens. Alternatively, naturalists can make the most of numerous whale and dolphin tours and should seek out the Fábrica da Baleia de Porto Pim.
One of the most beautiful islands in the archipelago, Pico’s landscape is dominate by its mountain that towers to 2,351m and is popular with hikers. If you’re looking for swimming holes, the best can be found at Santo Antonio and Madalena. Madalena is also the place to go if you want to try some of the local wines from the surrounding areas of Lajido and Cabrito.
The second most inhabited island in the Azores, Terceira is home to wonderful Baroque architecture, the striking Castelinho, and the extinct Monte Brasil volcano. The Praia da Vitória is perhaps the most popular beach on the island and well worth a visit before making a trip to the excellent wine museum. Alternatively, head to the western side of Terceira to explore its majestic cliffs and headlands formed from ancient lava flows. The Ponta do Raminho or the Ponta do Queimado arte perhaps the two best examples and provide a great opportunity for stunning photos.
Our easy-to-read Azores travel guide has everything you need to know about these nine amazing islands, while our guide to driving in the Azores will help you avoid any problems while behind the wheel. Alternatively, check out our rough guide to the Azores or simply read all of our travel articles about the Azores.