Exploring the 9 Islands of the Azores

Exploring the 9 Islands of the Azores

If you’re looking for a travel destination that offers paradise off the beaten track, it’s time you venture to the Azores of Portugal! The Azores is made up of 9 major islands that are spread out along the North Atlantic Ocean, 845 miles west of mainland Portugal and about 1195 miles east of Newfoundland. These islands were formed by volcanic activity dating back millions of years ago. As a result, they offer rare formations of earth that truly display the power of the elements and offer some of the most beautiful sights there is to see, and much more!  Every one of the islands will absolutely stun you with sheer natural beauty. Each island offers unique features, sights and history that will make for distinct and exciting itineraries. Below are the highlights and must-sees of each island to help you choose where to visit first!

1. Graciosa “the white island”

Allow yourself to get enchanted by the beauty of Graciosa island! Although the name of this island directly translates as “graceful”, there are many ways to get into the grit of good times on this island whether it’s by enjoying a delicious meal, diving off rocky peaks or watching an intense bull fight! You can spend your day exploring the unique craters such as the gorgeous crater Caldera, and volcanoes filled with amazing life-forms and contours before visiting one of the health spas equipped with thermal water to soothe aches and pains or just make you feel amazing! There are also many quaint towns to visit where you can enjoy the culture and habits of the locals!

Graciosa Azores

2. Terceira

You don’t have to be in Spain to experience the spectacle of bulls! The island of Terceira is a fantastic place full of distinctive excitement and fun, including semi-annual bull fighting and bull runs. As the second most inhabited island of the Azores there’s a great variety of experiences to be uncovered. If the thrill of dangerous large animals is not your ideal, there’s an impressive array of night life that is always pulsing with youth and passion. You can also enjoy golfing within the beautiful landscapes of the island and take a trip to the largest crater in the archipelago. Among the most spectacular sights of the island is the “Furnas do Enxofire” in its very center, a must see!

Terceira Azores
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