The volcanic archipelago of the Azores, on the outermost point of Europe, is comprised of nine islands jutting out into the North Atlantic Ocean. Situated some 950 miles off the coast of Portugal, the Azores have an edge-of-the-world feel to them, and are surely one of Europe’s last great island adventures.
The landscape is characterized by volcanic mountain peaks (the most recent and quaint cobblestone villages. Similar to Iceland the sheer vastness of the land here is truly humbling, and perfect for any traveler who enjoys exploring uncharted territory. From the breathtaking volcano that virtually overwhelms Pico to the lush flora of Terceira, its volcanic caverns, canyons, waterfalls and emerald green oceans, the Azores offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Visiting the Azores means reconnecting with nature and as an outdoor enthusiast you’ll be rewarded with incredible opportunities for hiking, canyoning, caving, scuba diving and snorkeling, and whale watching, to mention a few. Don’t forget about the friendly people, wonderful local culture and delightful cuisine.
WHEN TO GO
The Azores enjoys a mild year-round climate, so there really is no “off season”. Summers will be hotter and more humid, while the winters are cooler, but weather can be quite changeable and it’s not uncommon to experience all four season in one day, so always be prepared for anything.
When you visit may depend on what you want to see and do. If you’re interested in whale watching, summer is a good time. Spring offers ideal temperatures and a chance to see thousands of hydrangeas in bloom along the edge of Faial’s mile-wide caldera. Winters are great for visiting the hot geothermal springs in Furnas Valley, which are known for their healing properties.