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Discussion: Azores

in: barb; barb > 2016-01-30

Jan 30, 2016 6:48 PM # 
I got some maps of Terceira from Tiago Lopes (tiagolourencolopes at gmail) several years ago, he said he also had maps from Sao Miguel.

The Azores are really neat, enjoy!
Jan 31, 2016 4:29 PM # 
Thanks, Cristina. You have so much good info.
Jan 31, 2016 7:56 PM # 
I was there with my wife maybe 15 years ago and we did a few spectacular hikes - I´ll see if I can remember enough to point you to them. I´ll be back...
Jan 31, 2016 9:10 PM # 
Thanks! We'll only be on Sao Miguel. I have 2.5 days available for hiking.
Jan 31, 2016 11:12 PM # 
Unfortunately I couldn´t find the guide books we used for our excursions. We were there in 2004 so things may have changed a bit...

Our memories aren´t very detailed (and we disagree on a few points) but some of the hikes we remember include jogging on the northern edge of Lagoa Azul - one of the twin lakes on the western part of the Island - with nice views down into the old volcano crater.
We were also hiking around Lagoa das Furnas (apparently temporarily closed) and visiting the hot springs in Furnas, some with water to swim in - if you can stand the smell - and also bubbling sulphur springs in the vicinity.

We had a rental car and thus no problems getting around. The local buses seem to be less reliable and not very frequent (compared to Madeira where the buses were a great way to get around).

I´m sure you can find the same information on your own, but this website is what I found trying to refresh my memory.
Jan 31, 2016 11:34 PM # 
Thanks! That's a good website and it's nice that it tells you which trails are open.

I also got the suggestion to rent a car, so that's what we'll do.

I found a nice place to stay where the proprietors are rumored make delicious food, so the idea is to hike all day and deserve the dinner.
Feb 1, 2016 10:28 AM # 
One hike we looked at but didn´t have time to do was starting at Lagoa do Fogo in one of the higher areas of the island. In general most of the landscape on Sao Miguel is open rolling hills or mountainsides and very little forest. The forested parts we encountered were fairly thick with vegetation/underbrush - and steep.

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