Azores/7 update information

24/07/2019 16:58

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

Chapter 2: Practical Information 
Chapter 5: Terceira 

Chapter 2: Practical Information 

Getting there and away 

Purchasers of Edition 7 of our guide to The Azores should be aware that Ryanair’s weekly flight from Manchester to Ponta Delgada now happens on a Friday, rather than a Thursday as stated in the book. (These flights end for the season in October, and no plans have yet been announced for next year’s schedule.)

Airline schedules are always changing, so we would advise that readers always check airline schedules first, before making any accommodation or ongoing inter-island transport  arrangements.

Chapter 5: Terceira

Getting there and away 

[Updated 2/1/20] p. 144: Access to the beautiful Azorean archipelago is about to become easier, with new direct flights from London Stansted to Terceira, the third largest of the Azores nine islands. Ryanair will begin flying weekly from April 2020, covering the period from Spring to Autumn. 

So, what does Terceira have to offer? The avid researcher can certainly circumnavigate this rugged volcanic island by bus, but really a car is best for a week’s stay. The landscape is a true highlight, with geothermal activity, much greenery and underground caves to explore.

The town of Praia da Vitoria is close to the airport and has the island’s best beach, but most visitors will base themselves in Angra do Heroismo. This pretty town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a coupled of good museums, and old town tour, pretty gardens and the biggest concentration of quality restaurants and accommodation options. After exploring Angra, you can tour the island in a day or two, but do take time to pull on your boots and take advantage of the superb hiking for which the Azores are justifiably renowned.

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