The Azores, an archipelago of 9 volcanic islands, is one of Portugal's two autonomous regions (the other being Madeira). They are located in the North Atlantic Ocean, with the main island of São Miguel located at nearly 1400km (870 miles) west from Lisbon on the Portuguese mainland.
I find it hard to put my finger on, but in some ways the scenery of the Azores is truly otherworldly. It is not even the 2,351 m high Mount Pico (the highest mountain in Portugal, on Ilha do Pico) that is the most impressive here, though it it is of course, but rather it is the lush deep green scenery, the absolutely flat coastline with picturesque villages and the suddenly steeply rising tree covered mountains behind them. The hills with well kept meadows and cows grazing on them, interrupted here and there by a crater lake or waterfall and with the Atlantic almost always in view.
Besides admiring the fantastic scenery and generally being active in the form of hiking, biking, swimming or even whale watching, make sure you check out the UNESCO Site of Angra do Heroismo on Terceira (mainly its 400 years old military fortifications) and the lively city of Ponta Delgada. [Review by travelindicator]
- Azores is a region in Portugal. It is situated at an altitude of 72ft and the best airport to fly into is PDL (Nordela (sao Miguel Island), Ponta Delgada)
- The currency used in Portugal is the Euro (EUR)
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More Azores travel resources
I guess Azores.com and Visit Azores are as good a place to continue your reading on the island group as any, though both do have a commercial background. Besides these, hit up Wikitravel, T+L and Lonely Planet. The Independent and BBC have good guides, as does the Boston Globe. Arrival Guides is pretty good as well, we liked their top 10. Finally, we liked this blog post.
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