Sitting 850 miles off of the mainland of Portugal, the Archipelago of the Azores is an autonomous region in the mid-Atlantic. In total, there are 9 breathtaking islands, all known for dramatic landscapes, bright green pastures, brilliant fields of blue hydrangeas and authentic fishing villages.
The 9 islands, which were largely formed by volcanic activity, span 327 miles in the middle of the ocean. All of the islands are popular tourist destinations, thanks to the islands' breathtaking and unspoiled nature. There’s no shortage of things to do with bustling cities, massive mountains, sandy beaches, golf courses, forests and lakes, plus so much more.
The smaller towns provide a more tranquil and quiet experience, while staying in one of the larger cities grants you nature galore, as well as a fun nightlife scene worth checking out.
If you’re a foodie, the natural homegrown local cuisine is out of this world. The islands produce their own vegetables, seafood and dairy products.
The weather is warmest from June to November, but tends to be mild all year round.