Get hitched and honeymoon in the Azores

20 Mar 2014

Get hitched and honeymoon in the Azores

Relaxing on the beach sipping cocktails as newlyweds has long been the classic post-wedding getaway. But for the fitness fans, thrill seekers and nature lovers who bonded over their love of the outdoors, an active honeymoon in the Azores might be the idyllic way to begin an adrenaline-filled life together.

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The Azores, Europe’s most westerly islands, is the perfect destination for alternative honeymooners wanting to avoid the stereotypical fly and flop holiday. With SATA International providing direct flights from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, the stunning archipelago, characterised by volcanic landscape and dramatic scenery, is just a short four hour flight away.

Newlyweds are guaranteed to fall even more in love amongst the exquisitely beautiful surroundings, romance and old world charm that is almost impossible to find elsewhere. Touching down in Sao Miguel, couples can begin their honeymoon on the Azores largest island, enjoying a dip in the thermal springs and therapeutic waters of Terra Nostra Park and Ponta da Ferraria, exploring the breath taking crater lakes of Sete Cidades and Vila Franca do Campo Islet and watching the stunning sunrises and sunsets at Ponta da Madrugada and Ponta do Sossego lookout points.

Thanks to SATA International’s inter-island flights, which start from as little as £46 pp one-way, loved ones can hop from island to island exploring every inch of the Azores, discovering the secret boltholes and hidden gems along the way including the great volcanic cave, Furna do Enxofre on the isle of Graciosa. Exploring together, honeymooners can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angra do Herismo on the island of Terceira as well as the largest temple of the archipelago, Sé Catedral, meander through the quaint abandoned villages of Sao Jorge and sip wine in the sun in the vineyards of Pico.

The more active couples, who wish take on the Azorean terrain together, can opt to ride horseback along scenic coastal trails, mountain bike through the forests or canyon down hard rock faces. Alternatively, they can take to the skies and paraglide over land and sea or float up in the air on a romantic hot air balloon ride with panoramic views of the islands below.

For those loved up couples seeking an adrenaline rush to start their marriage, Archipelago Choice (01768 775672,www.azoreschoice.com) offers something a little extra special for honeymooners wanting discover the magical marine life together by swimming with dolphins and whale watching. Newlyweds will stay at the exclusive boutique hotel, Quinta do Mar, located on the south coast of Sao Miguel, just a short stroll from the picturesque port of Caloura, from £1,143 per person on a B&B basis. Price also includes one three-hour whale watching excursion, one three-hour swimming with dolphins trip, airport transfers, six day car hire, direct return flights from London Gatwick with SATA International, including airport taxes.

With three free days available, honeymooners can explore the island at their own pace or alternatively personalise their itineraries with additional activities.

SATA International (0844 482 1678 or www.sata.pt) has weekly direct flights from Gatwick to the Azores from 05 April 2014, with prices starting from £339 pp return (including taxes and charges). SATA International flights will be operating every Saturday until 18 October 2014, with early afternoon departures from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada in Sao Miguel, the largest of the Azorean Islands.

Weekday flights are also available, flying from London Heathrow via Lisbon. SATA International also offers the most comprehensive inter-island connections throughout the Azores archipelago, with prices starting from £46 pp one-way (including taxes and charges) for inter-island flights. A return flight from Ponta Delgada to Terceira starts from £119 pp (including taxes and charges).

For more information or to book, please visit www.sata.pt

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