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The Atlantic’s hidden island destination, the Azores

The Azores are a stunning group of nine islands. Each with its own identity, beauty and charm, these jewels in the middle of the Atlantic are a must-visit destination. Boasting lush landscapes that surround dormant volcanoes, exotic flora and beautiful crater lakes, and surrounded by clean waters, São Miguel is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for an off-the beaten path European destination.

Boca de Inferno Viewpoint

São Miguel is a great year-round destination but when summertime comes, the island gets even more exciting and beautiful. With its temperate maritime climate, the temperature in the summer rounds the 79 degrees making it a pleasant summer destination. Soak up the sun at the many black sandy beaches around the island and take a dip in the temperate clean waters of the Azores. Experience relaxing in natural lava swimming pools, literally swim in a hot spring in the ocean and take a refreshing dip in one of the islands’ many waterfalls. Solo or in family, you will be surprised by what the island has to offer.

Vila Franca do Campo is a $5, 5-minute ferry ride from the main island

Fans of adventure sports will also whale-watching and swimming with dolphins off the coast of the island, kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding in the beautiful lakes, surfing or canyoning down the gorgeous waterfalls around the island. Take a short boat-ride to Ilhéu de Vila Franca, a truly idyllic natural reserve, and go snorkelling in its crystal clear waters.

Pico, a volcano and the highest mountain in Portugal.

Marvel at the island’s volcanic activity, visit its beautiful lakes and quaint villages, and enjoy the many spectacular panoramic views of the island. Indulge in a delicious meal at at a seaside restaurant, taste the local seafood with a glass of local wine. If this isn’t tantalizing enough, think about seeing Earth breathing through fumaroles and mudpots and then enjoying a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring gazing at the stars. At night, enjoy the nightlife of Ponta Delgada with its lively outdoor bars and cafes.

Me many years back standing above one of the many concrete ocean pools the locals maintain, in Caloura.
There are many hot springs to relax in – several that I visited were completely empty.

Trevor Carson

Trevor is an adventurer, husband, father, writer, and musician that loves to find travel tricks and jet around the globe.

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