This video is a quick summary of the various islands we visited on the Azores over 3 weeks in 2015. Each one had its own character and we had a hard time determining our favorite.
Our first stop was Flores, the western-most island and about 120 nm away from our next stop. While Flores is relatively small and provides only basic facilities, it has a lot to offer and we highly recommend a stop-over.
Faial was our next stop and with Horta clearly the center for ocean going vessels. Just across the straight was Pico, offering great vistas from Portugal’s highest mountain.
While our stay in Sao Jorge was brief, we enjoyed the quaint village and interesting public pool.
Our final stop, Terceira, had a lot to offer with UNESCO world heritage site, Angra do Heroismo, and lots more. It is also one of the few islands with a direct connection to Boston.
Distance traveled: just over 200nm
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We went to Velhas on Sao Jorge as it allowed us to see yet another island on our way to Terceira and because we were told that there was good internet speed.
As always, our first contact was with the harbor master, Jose. Jose is extremely friendly and helpful. He checked us in without any complications and shared a lot of local knowledge. Unfortunately, the internet speed in his marina was not what we expected. Jose had a solution for that as well, Restaurant Acor, a Brazilian bar/restaurant had very good speed and life was good again.
Velhas is a quaint little town that is worth a visit. A nice little square, some bars, restaurants, a church, passenger zone and a supermarket – all surrounded by steep cliffs and a good view of Pico across the canal make it an attractive stop over.
The marina was well protected, had extremely clean, new and free showers, washing machines and dryers. The supermarket was less than a 10min walk and provided all we needed. Another highlight was the large natural pool with lots of fish and a very steep drop off into the abyss. No jelly-fish and 5 min walk made this an attractive destination.