Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
The wild nature, mild climate and European culture of the Azores Islands are the prefect answer to the winter blues, as SATA Airlines announced new packages. Starting at $999, these packages include round-trip airfare with taxes, hotel stay for six nights (based on double occupancy) and breakfast.
For the first time, SATA offers 29 different hotels on six islands – including the first ever fly and stay package to Graciosa Island. There are six hotels offered on the island of Terceira, two on the island of Faial, one on the island of Santa Maria, two on the island of Pico, and 17 on the island of Sao Miguel.
The Azores are the closest and one of the more affordable destinations in Europe.
All packages depart from Boston’s Logan Airport (SATA offers connections to other cites across the US) and include roundtrip, non-stop air, six nights lodging and daily breakfast. Flights depart and return on Tuesday and Fridays and passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way. Children under six stay free, and pay only a child’s airfare.
Availability depends on your choice of hotel (s), the islands you wish to visit and travel dates. To book a trip, call 800-762-9995 or visit http://www.sata.pt for more details.
Graciosa Resort and Business Hotel- Set magnificently into the lush, green landscape, the Graciosa Resort offers 44 standard rooms, two senior suites, and six unique villas.
Baia da Barca, Pico- With panoramic views of the Atlantic, these apartments are set on a quiet bay with vistas of Ponta de Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain. All apartments have a private entrance, fireplace and minibar.
Furnas Lake Vilas
Set on the shores of Furnas Lake, this modern design, four-star apartment hotel comes with views of lush green fields and mountains.
This green isle was discovered in 1450. Soon after, people began settling there from Portugal and from Flanders. When Flemish settlers came, they added their own style of windmills to the landscape, many of which make up the stunning landscape.
Santa Cruz da Graciosa is the main town, sitting on a small bay with many historic churches that date back to the 16th and 18th centuries. The houses are bright and whitewashed, and the island has several active geysers from its volcanic past.
São Miguel, with its crater lakes, geysers, and seaside villages, is the main island in the Azores and where all flights from Boston land in the fall, winter and spring. With easy access to the airport and major roads, Ponta Delgada is a great location to make day trips from to the rugged coastline. Venture to mountain crater lakes or visit the steaming thermal lakes and tea and pineapple plantations in the interior.
Terceira’s lively and historic main city, Angra do Heroísmo, has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and has ample cultural offerings. The north coast offers black lava cliffs and a wine museum.
Meaning "peak" in Portuguese, the steep volcanic mountain that often rises above the cloud cover characterizes Pico. Visitors can climb to a 7,700-foot summit, the highest point in Portugal, or stay closer to sea level and enjoy Pico’s signature wine known for carrying just a hint of lava.
Two of the other islands offered include Faial, famed for its harbors that are often filled with yachts from around the world, and sunny Santa Maria, known for having some of the best beaches in the Azores.
About the Azores
The Azores are the closest point in Europe to North America. The islands were created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, which have created a stunning and dramatic environment. From the black lava cliffs of the island of Terceira, to mythical Mountain Lake of Fire on São Miguel, the Azores offers an intensely green and sculptured landscape. This ocean-enveloped land enjoys a mild climate year-round between 60°F and 80°F.
The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations recently named the Azores islands as the world’s second most appealing islands destination in its fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey. A panel of 522 experts reviewed conditions on 111 islands and archipelagos. The Azores received the title of “Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so.”
SATA Airlines connects North America with the beautiful islands of the Azores. Year-round flights are available from Boston and Toronto, with connecting service to Lisbon, Porto and Madeira. For information call 800-762-9995 or visit http://www.sata.pt.