Velas ferries connect Sao Jorge with Pico, Terceira, Sao Miguel, Graciosa & Faial with crossings available to Sao Roque & Madalena (in Pico), Praia da Vitoria (in Terceira), Ponta Delgada (in Sao Miguel), Vila da Praia (in Graciosa) & Horta (in Faial). Velas Ferry crossings are operated by Atlanticoline and depending on time of year you’ll find a choice of up to 45 ferry crossings weekly.
There are up to 45 ferry crossings weekly from Velas with sailing durations starting from 30 minutes. Our Velas ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
Velas is a municipality in the island of Sao Jorge, one of the islands forming the archipelago of the Azores. The ferry routes departing the port are to neighbouring islands in the Azores, crossing to Sao Roque, Ponta Delgada and Horta amongst other ports.
There are around 10,000 people living on the island of Sao Jorge, with many of them resting in the cosy capital of Velas. The quaint town adheres to visitors hoping to bask in the stunning surroundings whilst enjoying a drink at one of the bars, as well as the more adventurous types longing to explore the undulating terrain. The striking landscape is what draws so many to the island; verdant hills afford incredible panoramic vistas of the encompassing water and the quaint boats residing by the harbour.
The 10,000 permanent residents of Sao Jorge are a relatively large number for a fairly small island, though there are nearly twice as many cows living amongst the locals. Unsurprisingly, there is a strong cheese industry in Velas – visit one of the cheese-tasting facilities to enjoy the local produce. After sampling a few tasty cheeses, bask in some mesmerising architecture showcased by the Church of Santa Barbara which displays remarkable structures and designs.
The town is very small so it can be covered entirely by foot.