Throughout the year it is possible to spot cetaceans in the Azores, especially the species residing in the archipelago: sperm whales, bottled dolphins, common dolphins and risso dolphins.
We say that they are resident species because in fact they are the species of cetaceans that we find throughout the year, off the islands of the Azores.
It is certain that there is still no clear evidence that these four species live permanently in the archipelago, but we know that we always find common dolphins, bottled dolphins and sperm whales.
And we are sure that some of the individuals of these species are seen relatively frequently in the archipelago, that is, they are seen on repeated occasions.
We have this knowledge thanks to the data that our biologists collect during all trips at sea. Animals are recorded, GPS coordinates are recorded to know exactly their location and our team on board also takes photographs of the animals so that marine biologists can make photo identification.
That is, make the comparison between different photographs to see if they are already known individuals or if they are new animals.
To see some of the biggest whales in the world, the best time is during spring. The months of April and May are usually the best to see common whales, blue whales and sardine whales.
Gather the best you can do on the island of São Miguel by combining a sea adventure and one more land adventure. You can join a whale and dolphin watching experience with a visit to the islet of Vila Franca do Campo, or go to Sete Cidades or Lagoa do Fogo.
Once the route is chosen, take a deep breath before starting the gear. Fill your lungs well with the clean air of Azorean nature. Then open your eyes well to contemplate all the diversity of fauna and flora you will encounter. Walk, therefore, without haste.
Green, water and traditional white and black cows will surely be a constant in their line of sight along the walk.
On all islands there are properly homolgados trails, with extensions and difficulties for all levels of practitioners. One of the most charismatic and sought after throughout the year is the Pico mountain, the highest point in Portugal.
In total are 2,351 meters high. Arriving at the summit, quietly enjoy the panoramic view over the islands of Pico, Faial, S. Jorge and Graciosa. Climbing this mythical mountain is a challenging but amazing experience. It’s really worth the effort.
There are walks in rural or coastal areas, which pass through lagoons, streams, hot springs, fammolas, mountains, forests, volcanic craters and old dirt roads.