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Azores Islands Travel Advice

Carl, a well-established member of this forum, has maintained an extensive pdf guide to the Azores and has shared this free resource with many hundreds of travelers in the Rick Steves Travel Forum over the years.

His 321(!) page guide has naturally grown into quite a job to maintain. We congratulate Carl in taking the leap into publishing his Azores guide as an ebook, allowing him to keep up with maintenance costs and improve quality. Self-publishing a guidebook is more of a labor of love than money-maker... just ask Rick Steves. This, of course, creates a conflict as our Community Guidelines do not allow him to promote his own published work. However, others are allowed to give a recommendation, and that's what this post is here to do. I think he deserves it.

I asked Carl to continue providing a free version in some form. The free 39-page excerpt below will get you started and show what you're getting in the full guide. A full, up-to-date guide typically pays for itself (in time or money) in short order.

  • Get Carl's free guide to the Azores here (39 page excerpt, last updated in 2019)
  • Get Carl's latest guide to the Azores here. (300+ pages)

Let the rest of this thread be a "thank you" to Carl for his assistance, and maybe he'll even answer some questions here. :)

(Fine print: this is NOT to be received as a recommendation by Rick Steves personally or by his company, Rick Steves Europe (RSE), nor has Carl's guide been reviewed or vetted by RSE. This post was not asked for by Carl. Aka, don't ask us to do this for you. :)

Posted by
802 posts

Weirdly coincidental (I've been considering this destination for 2020) and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Posted by
5824 posts

We have been to the Azores twice, while on transatlantic cruises. Loved the beauty and scenic vistas.

The people are very nice as well. We did tours that took us the first time to the north end of the island, then on the second to the middle of the island.

Posted by
3611 posts

Obrigada Webmaster for sharing the information. When we took the RS Heart of Portugal Tour a few years ago a couple of gals from our tour went on to the Azores. They loved the area. Nice way to extend the RS Portugal Tour. Bookmarked!