The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Cycling the Azores

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Easy Rider Tours
800-488-8332, 978-463-6955
3 $1,395 tourist hotels

The Route: A hilly, weeklong, 204-mile ride on São Miguel Island along hydrangea-lined roads. The route winds past fishing villages and vineyards and around crater lakes and hot springs.

When to go: July to September

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: The Azores are surprisingly easy to reach; TAP Air Portugal flies nonstop from Boston in four hours for a deeply discounted fare through Easy Rider, and doesn’t charge an excess-baggage fee for your bicycle.

High/low points:

  • After a tough 41-mile day, showering in a thermal waterfall near Ribiera Grande.
  • Hearing your Portuguese guide incessantly sing Queen’s “Bicycle Race.”

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