A decade ago, even the most intrepid travelers would have found pointing Azores on the map, a herculean task. But recently the world has waked up to the charm of these nine islands, dotting the Atlantic. Here’s our pick of the 4 best of them in no particular order.
The first thing which you will see at the island is monstrous 2351m Montanha do Pico. An almost perfect symmetrical cone overlooking the navy blue waters of the Atlantic. Its peak is often covered with clouds and the daunting size of the mountain threatens to gulp up the whole island. You can meander through the UNESCO protected vineyards and explore the caves of Gruta das Torres.
Every trip to Azores is incomplete without a whale watching excursions. The semi-solid boat bounces across the Atlantic and the wind strikes your salt entangled hair. The waves push you from side to side and that adds to the overall excitement of the excursions. When the whales approach the surface, a sort of submerged tornado is formed and the surface starts whirling. The sight of whale popping out of the waters will definitely make you skip a beat. Choices of whale watching tours proliferate and the best time to take them is from April to October.
The Azoreans, who are spoilt for choices of nature retreats at every corner, get mesmerized when Flores is mentioned. It’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2009. Without much surprise, this opulent green botanical garden is the wettest place on the island, hence a plethora of inlets, waterfalls and turquoise crater lakes. In summers its plateaus get shrouded up with purplish-blue hydrangeas. The condemned western Azores along with Corvo, is an amazing outdoor’s paradise with many hiking, canyoning and mountain biking options to choose from.
This 54km long slice of land floating on the North Atlantic Ocean is undeniably the most picturesque island of the Azores. Its towering mountains, deep gorges, cliff bottoms lashed with waters and the fjord resembling lakes all make up for an ideal adventure sports territory. Moreover its mild climate supports banana, guava and coffee plantations which are speckled all over the island. And the unpasteurized, creamy cow milk is the most delicious you will ever taste.
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