Oakland --This summer Azores Airlines is bringing the Bay Area and Portugal closer together. For the summer of 2017, Azores Airlines has flights from Oakland to Terceira in the Azores and Lisbon that will run from June 14 to September 6, 2017, every Wednesday.
The flights serve the local Portuguese community, but it is a great opportunity for people from the Bay Area to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the Azores, Terceira – or to explore Lisbon, one of Europe’s hottest destinations.
Terceira is the culture capital of the Azores and is known for it music, architecture and cuisine, not to mention and the popular bull running “on a rope” (touradas à corda) that happens on the streets and sometimes on the beach. You can go down a lava tube, at Algar do Carvão - into one of the few volcanoes in the world in which visitors can explore a volcanic chimney and secondary magma chambers.
For some local wine go to Biscoitos. This little town is covered with green pastures and small vineyards protected by black basalt walls. The coast is marked by many deep breaches and coves, often creating beautiful natural swimming pools and there are platforms and steps for those who feel tempted to swim in the clear waters. There is also a small wine museum with the “Verdelho” grape history.
There are a wide variety of activities on the island. Surf, body board or windsurf at Praia da Vitória, climb Canoca, Chupa Cabras or Grota do Medo, fish along the coast and taste cheese for free at Queijo Vaquinha.
Azores Airlines, part of the SATA Group, has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 35 years and now is also connecting the Bay Area. For more information about booking flights visit http://www.azoresairlines.pt or call 800-762-9995.