School trips to the Azores offer the opportunity to explore some incredible geography, thanks to its volcanic nature!

Our school travel experts will work closely with you to ensure that your itinerary brings your curriculum to life and meets your specific learning objectives.

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Why visit the Azores?

Explore the spectacular Azores

The volcanic archipelago of the Azores is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal. Most of our groups base themselves in Ponta Delgada, the archipelago’s main city on the island of São Miguel. The largest and most populous of the nine volcanic islands of the Azores, this is the perfect destination for a geography school trip.

The city is a fantastic base from which to explore the island – great transport links mean you can reach all your visits and activities easily, while being able to take advantage of all the city’s amenities in the evenings.

Visits within easy reach of Ponta Delgada include Sete Cidades, the spectacular volcanic area, Caldeira Velha, a waterfall of warm, ionised water, and the Furnas Valley, which is the centre of the island’s unique geothermal activity.

Experience incredible geology

The Azores is the perfect destination for a geography school trip focusing on volcanoes and geology.

The Azores sit on top of the meeting point of three of the world’s major tectonic plates – the Eurasian Plate, the African Plate and the North American Plate. This meeting point is known as the Azores Triple Junction and the faults and fractures in this area mean that the islands experience much volcanic and seismic activity.

Your geography students will love the opportunity to explore the volcanic landscapes of São Miguel. And one experience not to be missed is the opportunity to try the typical Azorean dish known as cozido. This is a stew cooked slowly cooked in fumaroles and is a great way of demonstrating to students the geothermal activity happening right under their feet!

A fantastic alternative to Iceland

The Azores are becoming increasingly popular among our geography school groups because they offer similar experiences to Iceland, with much milder weather, thanks to the passing Gulf Stream.

Your students will still be able to explore a volcanic landscape and develop their understanding of plate tectonics, without having to carry several layers of clothing with them to cater for the constantly changing weather, which is something that has to be considered when visiting Iceland.

And while Iceland does offer plenty of American-style food to keep your students going, the traditional cuisine is something of an acquired taste. The Azores, on the other hand, is known for its incredible produce and its delicious traditional cuisine. In fact, one of the highlights of your trip will be tasting the cozido cooked in fumaroles!

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Activities for The Azores

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The walking trail of Salto do Cabrito is a small circular route beginning/ending in the area of Caldeiras of Ribeira… Read More

Furnas and Lagoa do Fogo

Furnas and Lagoa do Fogo

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Caldeira Velha

This waterfall of warm, ionised water is on the northern slope of the Fogo Volcano. There is also an environmental… Read More

Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre

Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre

The Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre offers a wonderful insight into the lagoon ecosystem and its native flora and fauna.… Read More

Terra Nostra Park

Terra Nostra Park

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Gorreana Tea Factory

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Gruta do Carvão

Gruta do Carvão

The Gruta do Carvão is the largest volcanic cave on the island of São Miguel. Here you'll see lava stalactites… Read More

Sete Cidades

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