The Azores are one of Portugal’s autonomous zones and best kept secrets that rival the Galapagos in beauty and diversity. In recent years they have become more convenient to visit with the addition of direct flights from the continental United States and Lisbon, but the region still seems to be a bit of hidden gem for travel buffs that enjoy a dynamic and multifaceted ecosystem with plenty to explore.
Looking for the perfect island to castaway on? here’s a few reasons you should be considering The Azores:
- Many believe that islands are only as good as their beaches, and while we think there is a bit more to it than that, The Azores do have some of the most picturesque and pristine beaches in the world, so there’s no complaints in that department. São Miguel’s Ribeira Quente with it’s spectacularly painted cliffs and powdery sand certainly makes a compelling case for lounging around on the beach and soaking up some sun and there are plenty more where that came from.
- The islands offer a variety of panoramic landscapes to traverse. Hiking the Sete Cidades crater is a must and will have you passing through a fabulous network of tropical topography featuring hot springs, stunning cliffs, and breathtaking waterfalls. Climbing the rocky Pico Mountain offers a respectable challenge plus a good change of scenery and will grant you a bird’s eye view of the paradise that is The Azores. Everywhere you go on the lush green islands will have you craving more and grinning at the overwhelming beauty of nature.
- Marine Life
- The Azores are the perfect place to relax on a beach or cliff and watch for whales. The world’s largest mammals are quite impressive, but for those brave enough to venture into the water, you’ll likely find everything from dolphins to sea turtles and sharks. Kayaking, paddle-boarding, and snorkeling may lead to some close encounters that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
- Passing through the populated regions of the islands and eating or drinking with the locals inspires a kind of relaxation and carefree wonder that you can only truly know in the slow-paced and reclusive environment of a remote island. Dining on fresh seafood and joining in the local festivities is a great way to meet the warm and friendly locals that are some of the most welcoming we’ve had the pleasure to cross paths with. The Azores truly feel like a world of their own.