Azores has gained cult status among intrepid travelers over the last decade. The world has woke up to the allure of these nine volcanic islands. Watching the sun crawling up to the sky, meandering around the pit lake on a mountain bicycle or missing your heartbeats seeing the whales coming up to the water, everything about these islands is enticing. With their unmatched magnificence and peacefulness, these islands are topping the rundowns of thrill seekers throughout the world.
Montaha do Pico is an enormous coned volcanic mountain, which soars 2350m high above the sea level. You can see it from anyplace in the Azores. Its crest is mostly covered by mist. You will long for climbing this pleasant mountain. Other major fascinations include the volcanic vine yards of Caminhos de Santa Luzia and the Gruta das Torres magma tubes.
As you hop out from the Terceira's inner avenues, you will see the Atlantic reaching out to the horizon and colossal pastures abandoning to seasoned laurel forests and the debilitating volcanic mountains of Serra de Santa Barbara. Start your excursion from the Angra Do Heroismo, the most established city of Azores which has a grandeur sixteenth century palace and an unruffled Renaissance period town.
To cherish the ecstasies of Azores, glide over the wild Atlantic in a semi-solid watercraft, where your hairs get entangled by salt and the untamed waves push you from side to side. You will be stunned to see the whirls appearing at the surface of the waters as whales advance to the top. It is likely the best island on the planet for a whale-watching voyage; the best of them are carried out between April to October.
Flores has an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This lavishly green nursery of an island receives the most rainfall; subsequently there is a profusion of lagoons, waterfalls and extravagant blue pit lakes. In summer its fields turn into an aromatic mass of pinkish-blue hydrangeas. Out on its remote zones in the western Azores together with Corvo, is an impeccable escapist paradise, with rich choices of beachfront treks, canyoning, mountain biking and diving. In Fajazinha, 20 waterfalls crawl down from cliff faces in feathery strings, the most dumbfounding of which is 300m-high Ribeira Grande.
If you have just enough time to visit only one island, go for the best. Sao Miguel packs the best bits of the Azores into one explosive pack. The southern capital Ponta Delgada is a wonderful spot, with mosaic cobbled boulevards twisting down to a marina lined with sea food eateries. Base yourself here and day-trek to island hotspots like Furnas, where a serene crater lake stands out from hot springs and furmaroles, you can skim in warm waters at the adjacent eighteenth century Terra Nostra, now a natural haven of ferny woods and nurseries nurturing azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, ginger lilies and cycads. Plan to visit Gorreana , which is the Europe's one and only tea manor.
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