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Fly with SATA International to the Azores for a green getaway

Eco-travellers with a penchant for outdoor adventure and remote escapes need look no further than the Azores this spring. Named the number one Global Sustainable Destination in 2014, the Azorean archipelago has been celebrated as the world’s top destination for sustainable tourism. 

With SATA International resuming direct flights from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel on the 4th April 2015, there is an abundance of adventures just a short four hour flight away. Whether you’re travelling light or packing for a jam-packed trip, SATA International offers a complimentary 8kg hand luggage and 20kg checked baggage allowance service, as well as free baggage allowance for golf and diving equipment up to 15kg. During the flight, passengers will also enjoy a complimentary selection of delicious meals and refreshments.

The Azores, Europe’s most westerly islands, is internationally recognised for its commitment to sustainable development and eco-friendly tourism policies. Famed for its diverse wildlife and lush unspoilt landscape, the stunning archipelago is the perfect destination for the ultimate green getaway.

For eco-travellers seeking a memorable adventure this spring, SATA International has teamed up with Archipelago Choice to offer an all-encompassing green adventure for visitors wanting to discover the mesmerising wildlife both offshore and onshore. Spend seven nights at the exclusive boutique hotel, Hotel do Colegio, located in the historic centre of Ponta Delgada, just a short stroll from the picturesque port of Portas do Mar, from £798 per person on a B&B basis. Price includes a full day birdwatching tour including lunch, two half day whale watching trips, pre-departure information booklet, airport transfers and direct return flights from London Gatwick with SATA International, including airport taxes.  

Characterised by volcanic landscape, green valleys and black sand beaches, the Azorean islands lend themselves to a vast array of outdoor activities. Eco-adventurers can take on the terrain of the Azores with mountain biking. Take off-roading to the extreme and tackle the readily available steep inclines with breath-taking panoramic views over the islands. For those looking for a gentler journey, opt for a walking tour through the valleys and explore the crater lakes of Sete Cidades and Vila Franca do Campo Islet. Or for an entirely liberating experience, ride horseback along the scenic coastal trails of Sao Miguel. 

A haven for nature lovers, the Azores plays host to some of Europe’s most spectacular wildlife. Each year, the archipelago draws bird-watchers who hope to catch site of endemic species and rare seabirds. For those in search of a more dramatic encounter with nature, whale watching is the perfect option. Visitors can jet out into the Atlantic Ocean by boat and marvel at the world’s most fascinating creatures. Sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins and the largest of them all, the blue whale, can all be spotted during this magical experience.

Visitors to the Azores have long been seduced by the island’s old world charm and traditional cuisine. Renowned for using locally sourced produce and fresh organic ingredients, the islands’ charming eateries offer a myriad of choice for eco-conscious foodies. For a truly authentic dining experience, visitors can sample Cozido; a smoking hot’ dish that is slow-cooked in the ground near the famous caldeiras of Furnas. Using the heat produced from the volcanic activity below, this age old tradition is unique to Sao Miguel and a cookery show not to be missed.

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