Nothing can prepare your eyes for the lush green lands they will feast on in the Azores. Every island has a miradouro (viewpoint) that competes with the other for full on, unabashed wild and wonderful, nature in all its glory. Basically, it borders on the obscene. How on earth can a place can look so beautiful? The answer lies in the volcanoes. On the oldest islands, the fertile soils have carpeted jagged mountain tops with greenery and centuries of flora and funghi have taken over. It’s a big deal and your holiday to the Azores will be all the richer for it. Away from the craters? Well it’s hard to ever be away from the power of the magma chambers under the islands. The heat warms the sea in places to perfect temperatures, creates a wild spa or provides a toasty spot to cook a stew in the ground.
Sure, there are some historic buildings, centuries old churches and a few marinas to potter around in. But you’ll likely find yourself called back to the wild. Every. single. time. Blue whales spend spring here. And why wouldn’t they? American migrating birds stop in on the islands for a rest. We’d suggest you do the same. Just do anything BUT rest. There’s too much you’d miss out on.