Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Why We Fell in Love With the Azores and Why You Will Too!

The Azores of Portugal had been on my travel wish list for years. Many people know little about the islands and others have never even heard of these jewels of the Atlantic.  Located off the coast of Portugal this paradise is less than a 5 hour flight from Boston.  My family was born in the Azores. For me, visiting the Azores was a homecoming of sorts. From photos I had seen of the lush landscapes, I knew I would be impressed. Nothing could have prepared me though for seeing these islands in person. See why we fell in love with the Azores and why you will too!

Natural Beauty Beyond Belief

The 9 islands of the Azores are called the Hawaii of the East, a deserving title. These volcanic islands are a gorgeous combination of landscapes that resemble Scotland’s green pastures, and the volcanic coastlines of Hawaii. Add in waterfalls, volcanic lakes and craters and a large dose of cows to begin to visualize these spectacular islands.

Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Outdoor Adventure Activities

For us at RoarLoud, natural areas lead to outdoor adventures. The Azores has more to experience than one can possibly fit into one trip, though we tried! Of course, RoarLoud is all about great hiking, and the Azores have gorgeous hikes for all levels of hiker. During our visit, we hiked the highest mountain in Portugal– Mt. Pico at 7,713 feet (2,351 m). This was a great workout and amazing views from beginning to end. The Azores’ island Faial also has a beautiful day hike, that goes up and over 10 inactive volcanoes! Another popular activity in the Azores is mountain biking. Many of the most beautiful views such as Sete Cidades have trails that can be hiked or biked to get incredible views. São Miguel also hosts a paragliding festival, I’d love to add this to my adventures on our next trip.  Do you prefer being on the water? No problem paddleboard, kayak or canoe on many of the volcanic lakes. Head to the ocean for fishing, kayaking, snorkeling or scuba.

Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Thermal Spa Relaxation

After strenuous outdoor activities, it is time to relax. In Furnas on the island of São Miguel, can visit one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. In this garden paradise, you can enjoy outdoor thermal pools that are heated by volcanoes. While hot tubs are great, it is hard to beat having your water heated by a volcano!

Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Read more about our day at the thermal pools

Beach Bound

Take your pick of volcanic rocky beaches, dark sand or light sand beaches. Each island has numerous beaches to enjoy!

Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Marine Life

While we are talking about Azores beaches, did you know that whale and dolphin sightings are common? The Azores is considered one of the 10 best places in the world to see them. Whales and dolphins frequent the Azores year-round, but the best time for sightings is the summer. During the summer, you can see 6 varieties of dolphin and 14 kinds of whales!

Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Fabulous Flora

Separating the pastures in fields and lining most roads, the Azoreans use hedges of flowering hydrangea. Come summer the islands turn blue with blooming hydrangea, this I must see! Spring offers a variety of azalea blooming as well as purple wisteria and endless plants thriving outdoors in the rich soil. Plants that we can only grow indoors in New England flourish on these islands.

Why We Fell in Love With the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Amazing Architecture

Plan on extra time walking anywhere in the Azores, one can’t help but stop and admire the architecture. From churches adorned with amazing sculpture and intricate details to decorative gates, beauty was everywhere. Plants growing on ceramic roofs and each door a unique personality led to us wandering the streets to see more.

Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Discovering Street Art

Each year in São Miguel, there is a street art festival where world known artists come to share their art with the city. Down alleys we often found street art on the side of buildings, it became a treasure hunt for us.  Walking times were extended for us to enjoy the sidewalks that each had different beautiful designs in the cobblestones.  Beauty and art was everywhere!

Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Why We Fell in Love With the Azores and Why You Will Too!
Even the sidewalks were filled with love!

Check out more street art we found in the Azores

Azorean Culture

Rich in culture and traditions, the Azorean people have a great appreciation for both art and music. We were welcomed by locals whether walking the city streets or touring an island. Kind, generous Azoreans made us feel like we were at home with them. Every person, town and island had a sense of community and pride for their home and country, that is not common these days. Many lead a sustainable lifestyle to some extent, with gardens and livestock in their yard. While it is an old-fashioned lifestyle, it is also what makes the Azores an ecotourism area.

Culinary Delights

Remember all those cows I mentioned, they make some of the best cheeses in the world! Many of our meals were accompanied by 4 or more cheeses. The freshest seafood was prepared exquisitely, full of flavor without being overpowering. Maybe you prefer your meal cooked by a volcano? No problem, head to Furnas. Cozido das Furnas is a delicious meal of mixed root vegetables, sausages, chicken, beef and pork all cooked in a pot underground by the heat of volcanic steam. For those of you with a sweet tooth like me, you will not be disappointed. In addition to Portuguese sweet bread and muffins, there were pastries with every meal!

Why We Fell in Love With the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Why We Fell in Love With the Azores and Why You Will Too!

Tip: Do not go home without at least 2 boxes of Queijadas- amazing egg tarts. This is not something I thought I’d like and I was even more surprised my kids loved them. Next time 4 boxes!

Any of these 10 reasons would have made the Azores wonderful to me. Having all 10 and even more, makes the Azores truly paradise! If you haven’t fallen in love with the Azores yet, wait for the series of blogs coming out all this month showcasing the beauty of these islands and the adventures we had there!

Check out our Instagram for more reasons to fall in love with these amazing islands!

This trip was made possible by Azores Airlines, Bensaude Hotels, and Futurismo Azores Adventures. Thank you all for your sponsorship making this dream trip come true! As always all opinions are honest and our own.

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About Cathy

Cathy (aka “Wildcat”) is not your typical travel/adventurer. Whether it is traveling across the globe or exploring her beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire, this mother of 4’s curious nature has led her to find adventure everywhere she goes. Her blog RoarLoud.net was first started to chronicle the training and journey to the “Rooftop of Africa” – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since that time, RoarLoud.net has expanded to highlight everything connected with the unique and fascinating adventures a Wildcat can find. She shares with her readers tips, advice, and encouragement to find their strength and inner “ROAR”.
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  1. Joe says: Reply

    Some friends of mine are going to the Azores this summer, and now I wish I was able to join them. Some of the scenery looks absolutely breathtaking – Hawaii meets Scotland? Yes please! – and it looks like there’s so much on offer. Thanks for a great post on a wonderful looking holiday destination 🙂

    1. Joe this is just the start to the blogs I will have on the Azores, by the end of the series you will be booking a trip:) I am ready to book another to see the islands we didn’t visit!

  2. Saiful Islam Opu says: Reply

    It’s seeming to me a manic outstanding place! Especially the green natural beauty must fill one’s eyes I guess. Thanks for sharing your authentic experiences with vibrant photos. I may share with you an another green natural beautiful place which is still an undiscovered destination, hope you enjoy it too. Interested reader can also read through http://bit.ly/1NvsbNR

  3. Maria D. says: Reply

    Great article! For package information please call Azores Airlines at 1800 762 9995. Great
    prices including Air, Hotel, Tours, etc. 🙂

    1. Hello Maria, glad you enjoyed the first in the series:) Maria Azores Airlines was great for a quick flight to Sao Miguel from Boston and then the inter island flights! Thank you again for making a dream come true!

  4. I didn’t realize the Azores were less than a 5 hour flight from Boston. Having a meal cooked by a volcano, now that sounds fun. And what gorgeous scenery! Scotland indeed!

    1. Few people know that:) As much as I want the Azores for myself I had to share the beauty!

  5. Marta says: Reply

    I had no idea the Azores were so green! Somehow, I had associated their volcanic nature with a barren landscape – clearly, I got this one totally wrong 🙂

    1. Hi Marta, I love sharing a place that many don’t know about:) The Azores are a great mix of volcanic and lush- paradise!

      1. Like Marta, this is exactly what I thought when I saw your photos! Actually the Azores remind me a bit of New Zealand as well which is very green and volcanic. Beautiful! I’m hoping we’ll be exploring more of Europe later this year.
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        1. I love sharing a place many don’t know about- it was great to make it to this dream destination! I brag about it like it is my home, clearly I fell in love:) New Zealand is high on my list- I never thought of the similarities but the blue lakes, mountains and lush scenery- I see it! I hope you get to make it to the Azores, they are paradise!

  6. marie says: Reply

    This is great – nice to read about somewhere different! I hate to admit it, but I would have trouble pinpointing the position of the Azores .on a map.

    1. Thanks Marie:) I know many people have never heard of this paradise. Part of me didn’t want to share them:)

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  8. Wow! It is beautiful and really is deserving of its Hawaii of the East nickname. I love all the natural features from volcanoes to waterfalls and beaches. I didn’t realize it was that close to Boston flight wise. What a great sort of homecoming for you. It’s not in many people’s radar which makes this even more appealing.
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    1. Thank you Mary! It is great that not many know about it, I’d like to keep it for myself:) In another way I’m proud to share the beauty of a place that feels like home.

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  10. Martin says: Reply

    Cathy, great blog! I always think of the Canary Islands in that part of the world, probably more popular due to the better weather, but you make the Azores sound absolutely wonderful. I’ll certainly will put them on my list.

    PS: Love the hammock, thank you Roar Loud!

    1. I have heard the Canary Islands are warmer and more popular for beach vacations. I’d love to visit them too but the Azores definitely stole my heart. The pastries alone were enough to win me over:) Glad you like the hammock, send a photo if you can and we will put it on the Facebook page! Have a great weekend!

    2. Rob says: Reply

      I too always thought of the Canary Islands as the go to spot. I am loving the Azores though and wouldn’t mind doing a side by side comparison trip…
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      1. I’ve heard great things about the Canary Islands- I know they are warmer than the Azores. That would be a great trip to compare them:)

  11. Jordan says: Reply

    I’ve alwaysalwaysalways wanted to go to the Azores and now I want to go even more! Thanks for giving me a great outline of what I can look forward to!

    1. Thanks Jordan- it is a wonderful place. I can’t wait to go back- there are 9 islands and I saw only 3. More blogs will be coming of adventures we had on the islands, things to see and recommended hotels.

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  13. Wow! I had heard of the Azores, but I had no idea there was so much there. I didn’t realize there were hiking and dolphins and amazing architecture. I will be in Portugal for a week this summer and I will definitely eat one of those egg tarts.
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    1. Thanks for your comment:) I look forward to hearing about Portugal- I haven’t been there yet. Do enjoy an egg tart or two for me:)

  14. Brooke says: Reply

    I have been so fascinated with the idea of visiting the Azores-and now I’m even more determined! great photos! A place that recently stole my heart, was Croatia. And Brittany-Normandy!

    1. Brooke few people have been and many don’t even know about the Azores. I haven’t been to either Croatia or Normandy- so many beautiful places in this world! Thank you for sharing your latest loves!

  15. Oh, I adore the mineral baths and beaches! Water paradise!!! I love that it looks so secluded and peaceful.

    1. It is a natural wonderland:) Thanks for commenting!

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  17. […] Note:  In April of 2016 we visited the Azores of Portugal and took the above photo!  Read about how we fell in love with the Azores islands! […]

  18. Hey
    Great job and great pictures. Keep it in this way

    1. Thanks:) We had so many beautiful places to pick from in the Azores!

  19. Ruth says: Reply

    I almost booked a trip to the Azores last Black Friday. I should have done it since I know the islands are true paradise. I do not think there in another place on Earth like this.

    1. I had the Azores on my list for a while, now I’m addicted! I can’t wait to go back to see the other islands. If you see a deal again- I highly recommend visiting!

  20. Samiya says: Reply

    Azores looks amazing! Wish I had known more about this stunning destination when we lives in Europe…have to put it on the list for when we return 🙂

    1. Many people haven’t heard much about the Azores, it is tempting to keep it a secret:)

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  22. Hi Cathy, I’m also a mother of four – although they are already “old” between 23 and 29. A friend of ours just decided to live on the Azores. I think we’ve to visit her! #OurWorldTuesday

    1. Yes you should! I am seriously considering that it will be where we retire to! Cheers to us moms of 4- Happy Mother’s Day!

  23. Anda says: Reply

    The Azores looks really beautiful, a true paradise! Your post gave me yet another idea for traveling (like I didn’t have enough!). I think it’s one of the places less visited, isn’t it? I haven’t read too many posts about it.
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    1. Thank you Anda! Yes, many haven’t even heard of the Azores. I had it on my list as my grandparents were born there. I was happy it was lesser known and I could share the beauty- though I was tempted to keep the islands to myself:)

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  25. Morgan says: Reply

    Wow! It seems like you guys had a magical vacation! This place looks absolutely incredible. It has such a wide variety of nature scenes to enjoy, and your pictures capture all of them so beautifully! This all looks awesome! Great post! Thank you so much for sharing!

  26. I have yet to visit Azores, and after seeing numerous travel deals I’m disappointed I missed out! After reading your post about the street art, beautiful scenery and outdoor activities, I’ve got it on my radar for future sales. Thanks for your inspiring post!
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    1. There have been many deals to the Azores lately- keep your eye out and enjoy! Such great islands that you can’t help but fall in love with. I have seen a few deals through Azores Airlines btw:)

      1. Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll be sure to look up Azores Airlines.
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  27. Natasha says: Reply

    Anyone considering the Azores- just do it! My husband and I found the Azores Islands on Groupon, and have been back several times since. We were married there last year, and are planning to move there within the next couple of years. It is a truly wonderful and magical place. It is not for the resort-style traveler, however. You have to be willing to explore and enjoy discovering the local culture to truly appreciate this place.
    Great post! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you, I agree completely! Funny you say you plan to move there- I hope to retire there!:) I felt so at home there, Azoreans seem to really appreciate nature which I love. The incredible food hooked me too.

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  29. Wow amazing images thanks for the post!

    1. You are very welcome, I am absolutely in love with the Azores as you can see:) Thank you for sharing the post on Twitter!

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  31. As an Azorean, I can say this is pretty much spot-on! Glad you enjoy my home islands, there’s just so much to see and do, right? 🙂
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    1. The Azores stole my heart! I can not wait to go back again and again! Can’t wait to read your article on where to eat in Sao Miguel!

  32. Those photos are stunning! I have some friends who went to the Azores and they had a great time. Your photos are now convincing me to put it on my bucket list 🙂
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    1. Thank you, it had been on my list for a while. We can’t wait to go back all ready!

  33. I’m convinced! These pictures are breathtaking and the food looks and sounds so delicious! I’ve been to the Canary Islands which are not too far away. I’ll definitely add this destination to my list!

    1. Yes, the Azores will not disappoint! I’d love to go to the Canary Islands too- I’ll have to check your page for info on them!

  34. We fell in love with the Azores as well! It was one of the first places we brought our eldest when he was only four months old!

    1. The Azores is paradise, I can’t wait to go back!

  35. Rob says: Reply

    You’ve absolutely sold me on the Azores! They remind me of Ireland… but warmer. So beautiful and with so much that we’d love to see. And we’d love to relax too.
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    1. I know you would love the natural beauty of the islands and the great people! Those egg tarts are incredible, I’m craving one now!

  36. Ami says: Reply

    You had me sold with the first two reasons itself. Outdoor fun and nature! Yes, it is a place that you can fall in love with.
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    1. The Azores really has it all and then some:)

  37. You don’t have to sell me on the Azores. I’m watching it and getting ready. Thinking about doing a Trans-Atlantic cruise and a few of them stop there. I absolutely loved the places in Portugal I have been to. 😉

    1. Have some egg tarts for me when you go!

  38. I love the idea of eating food cooked in a volcano. It’s not so common 😀
    The landscapes make me think of Scotland, especially The Highlands. Very wild and green, with beautiful cliffs.

    1. It is a great idea and so delicious! So many incredible experiences to have in the Azores!

  39. Spectacular natural beauty, marine life, beaches, luxuriant spas and culture, all these make for a heady cocktail and no wonder you fell in love. I don’t thin anyone would have the option of not falling in love with this beautiful place. I have fallen in love head over heels!
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    1. You are absolutely right! Clearly I had no choice but to fall in love with the Azores!

  40. Seems to be wonderful place. would wish to go there once 🙂

    1. I hope you can, it is incredible!

  41. It’s really gorgeous. Love that crater lake and could not say no to a soak in those geothermal spa’s.
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    1. Everywhere we went amazed us and made us fall in love more:)

  42. Wow,as a matter of fact Azores are so diverse! I’d love to see spa and coast, nature and marine life. But also the village areas look so interesting. Do you know the Queijadas recipe?

    1. Yes, the Azores has it all! I do not have the recipe, I’ve seen a few online but I doubt I’d ever be able to match it.

  43. I always wanted to visit Flora, after reading your post I am going to plan for it. by the way, the thermal spa is appealing.

    1. I’m sure you will love it. The thermal pools were incredible, I’d love to go back!

  44. I haven’t been to the Azores – it does look stunning and I love the hospitality of the Portuguese, so I can imagine it is pretty wonderful

    1. Yes, the Portuguese are great people- Azoreans were incredible for our whole trip!

  45. I’m well and truly convinced that the Azores should be next on my list! We’re very big into the outdoors, and love spending time in nature, so it sounds like the perfect place for adventure to me!

    1. I’m sure you would love it! The islands of the Azores are a paradise for nature lovers. Each of the 9 islands offers unique experiences and so much beauty. Be sure to have an egg tart or two for me!

  46. I will definitely need to add the Azores to my list. Did you find that the street art was mostly tasteful, or was it more a graffiti style? The images you posted were beautiful.

    1. We didn’t see much more street art than what was posted. I found 98% of it very tasteful, the most risque was the guy’s rear end I posted. There were a few pieces of sculpture and park benches that we heard of but missed getting photos of. The street art festival attracts some of the best artists in the world so I think that brings the level of the art up a notch:) I hope you make it to the Azores, it is truly a paradise.

  47. I could spend hours in that Thermal Spa, hot tubs could never come close! I haven’t properly explored Portugal, but when I do Azores is going to be high up my list 🙂

    1. I’m definitely spoiled by thermal spas now! I hope you make it to the Azores, it is a hidden treasure.

  48. Drew says: Reply

    I’ve wanted to visit the Azores for years. Love the rough, rocky coast, its relative isolation and its unique culture. The meal cooked by volcanic steam looks super fun and truly special. It is not often your meal is cooked in a dirt pile by a volcano!

    1. The Azores has so many unique wonderful experiences to offer! I could go back 20 times and not see it all I’m sure. I hope you get to visit one day, you will fall in love too!

  49. Açores is one of those places I want to go since the beginning of my travels. It’s funny how everyone tells me how beautiful these Portuguese islands are, and… I haven’t been there. I totally loved the way you guys explain and write about your trip of such an amazing destination. Thanks
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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the article:) The islands are incredible, I think of them every day still. The people are incredibly kind and hard working, the variety of natural beauty is amazing and the food… simply the best! I do hope you get a chance to visit- you won’t want to leave!

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  51. The Azores have been on my list for some time. It looks wonderful. I know I’ll love it.

    1. I know you will too:) I need to plan my trip back, so much more to explore!

  52. I am booking to the Azores as soon as I can get some time. It’s all about time, isn’t it?!
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    1. I look forward to hearing about your trip when you go! Yes, time and money- I never have enough of either. If I did I’d be traveling around the world right now:)

  53. The pictures alone are enough to make anyone fall in love with the Azores. 😉
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    1. Thank you Melody, it is easy when the views are so incredible:)

  54. Shobha says: Reply

    I didn’t realise there were 9 islands in the Azores. I always thought of it like an exotic outpost of Portugal and the photos seem to prove that right!
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    1. It is relatively unknown, part of me wants to keep it that way for my future visits!:)

  55. Such a gorgeous blend of spectacular scenery and rich history/culture to be discovered in the Azores. Kudos to you for taking such amazing pictures, this really does inspire us to hopefully visit in the near future. I am a HUGE fan of architecture so really appreciated your image and information on what we can expect to see in the Azores.
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    1. The Azores do have it all! I’m sure you would really appreciate the Portuguese architecture. Make sure you have some egg tarts when you go:)

  56. I like geography and know where the Azores are but I did not know it was only a 5 hour flight. Super duper. I gotta go!
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    1. We are lucky on the east coast:) I’m sure you would love it!

  57. Sold!!!! If not for the whale watching I need to go just so that I can say that I have sat in a thermal pool heated by a volcano. This looks like an amazing place and whilst I have heard of the Azores Islands, like you have mentioned, I know very little about them – however, they have now been added to the list!!

    1. I’m sure you will love it too. I can’t wait to go back!

  58. Justine says: Reply

    Wow! I never realised how much there was to do in the Azores! It’s now on the travel list 🙂

    1. Many people don’t know much about the Azores, it is a hidden gem! I hope you get to make it, I’m in love with the islands.

  59. The Azores have been on my list for some time now, and your post just makes it that much more obvious that I really need to get there. And yes, I do want my meal cooked on a volcano, thank you.

    1. I’m sure you would love it there. I can’t wait to go back:)

  60. Vyjay says: Reply

    Azores has such a varied package of attractions on offer. I am sure it would be a great experience and one cannot help but fall in love with the place.
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    1. I agree, the Azores has so much to offer. I can’t wait to go back!

  61. Shobha says: Reply

    I don’t know much about the Azores but it does look beautiful. You had me at the custard tarts. It seems to be a holdover from when the Portuguese were seafarers with an extended empire. I’d love to visit!
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    1. I hope you get to go, I’d go back in a heart beat!

  62. Those lush mountains and craters are amazing! I’m hoping to visit there next season when they offer Trans-Atlantic cruises. It is a stop sometimes. I’ve been to Portugal and loved everything about it. Such an under appreciated country.
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    1. Melody I’m sure you will love it! I need to make it to Portugal now that I’ve been to the Azores- on my list!

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  64. Alyson says: Reply

    It’s on my bucket list, but have never been. I actually never thought it had as much to offer – looks unbelievable! I’d love to find a cruise to go there. Beautiful!

    1. Many have never even heard of the Azores so you are a step ahead:)

  65. sher says: Reply

    oh wow the Azores looks stunning! Each photo looks different from the last as well – such variety!

    Sher
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    1. Even on the same island there is so much diversity. Then add in all the other islands for even more!

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