Ever heard of The Azores? Christopher Columbus visited this hidden gem in the Atlantic. If you’re looking for a unique island destination, find out more about The Azores….where they are, what to do, how to get there below.
Where are The Azores? Situated in the middle of the Atlantic lies an archipelago of nine spectacular islands. Separated by a thousand miles of ocean from the western coast of Europe, the Azores Islands offer a truly unique and unforgettable destination for any type of traveler.
Even though the islands have a strong European influence (the Azores are part of Portugal), you’ll feel thousands of miles away from the hustle and bustle of continental Europe.
What to Do in The Azores? The unique landscape of the Azores features majestic beaches (many with Hawaii-like black volcanic sand), beautiful hills and mountains, lush greenery and breathtaking ocean views, all surrounded by brilliant blue waters of the Atlantic. Popular activities for visitors include whale watching and dipping in the islands’ many natural hot springs.
Ponta Delgada – the largest city in the Azores – is a lovely and quaint destination located on Sao Miguel Island. The local architecture is charming with many buildings featuring the islands’ signature black volcanic rock in the exterior design. In addition to the islands’ natural beauty, there are cultural sites to visit, such as historic churches and museums. The Azores’ history goes back many hundreds of years, including a visit from Christopher Columbus during his voyage to the Americas.
How to Get There? Travel to the Azores is easy. SATA Airlines (the airline of the Azores) offers travelers a high quality product with good service to North America and Europe from the Azores. SATA operates nonstop flights to Ponta Delgada from Boston as well as service to the Azores from major European cities. SATA also offers inter-island flights within the Azores, making trips between different islands very convenient.
These beautiful islands are certainly a must-see for any traveler wishing to check out one of Europe’s most unique island gems.
By: Global Adventuress Team