Top 6 Reasons to Visit the Azores!
The Azores is Europe’s next best destination! Islands full of waterfalls, geothermal hot springs to bathe in, and incredible views are starting to draw tourists and adventurers alike to this archipelago 850 miles off the coast of Portugal. With more flights being added each year to accommodate the tourism boom, these tiny islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will soon be on everyone’s bucket list!
1. The Incredible Scenery
One of the islands that make up the Azores is São Miguel. The biggest island, which is also the location of the Azorean capital of Ponta Delgada, offers the very best this archipelago has to offer!
From the stunning views of Sete Cidades to Terra Nostra (one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe), São Miguel is filled with natural beauty that is sure to sweep you off your feet. The lakes, lagoons, craters and lush greenery give this island that "photo straight from a postcard" feel.
2. Breathtaking Hikes
The Azores abundance of lush forests and hundreds of hiking trails provides nature lovers with great options to explore. From waterfall hikes to awe-inspiring treks to many of the island’s incredible lookout points, there’s an outdoor activity for every fitness level. (Check out this great interactive pdf!)
3. The Hot Springs
After a crazy hike, you can soak your sore feet in one of the Azores famed geothermal baths! These natural hot tubs provide a range of temperatures for your relaxation needs. Places such as Caldeira Velha, Poça da Dona Beija, and Terra Nostra Garden all are home to incredible thermal pools that blend into the jungle-like natural landscape.
4. The People
It would be difficult to find someone who didn't enjoy their visit to the Azores - and that’s largely due to its hospitality! The Azorean culture is one of the most welcoming in the world. Local guides love to take the time to share their history and culture with tourists, and the recent boom in tourists from all around the world proves that.
Unique tours such as those put together by Greenzone Tours provides easy access to the hidden secrets of São Miguel, its beautiful landscapes and its lesser-known history!
5. The Food
Locals have developed a unique style of cuisine for hundreds of years. With traditions lasting generations, good food is easy to come by! Some great examples are Cozido das Furnas - a plethora of local meats and veggies stewed in a pot buried in the geothermal oven of volcanic soil that makes up the island. Delicious seafood dishes such as lapas (limpets) grilled in garlic and butter with a bit of lemon make for a perfect snack while taking in the scenery during lunch. And a personal favorite for dessert: the fresh pineapple! Grown locally, and enjoyed by all! From local farmers markets to incredible local specialties, this archipelago is a gastro-enthusiasts dream!
6. The Activities
Diving, whale watching, paragliding, and canyoning are just a few of the heart-pumping activities you can experience during a once in a lifetime type of trip here. But on the other end of the spectrum, activities such as golf, a visit to the tea plantations (Europe’s only one!), and wine tasting, allow for a refreshing time during your stay as well.
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