Never considered holidays to the Azores? Think again. It's a chain of nine Atlantic islands. A volcanic archipelago which intersects Eurasian, North American and African plates. And it's Portuguese, but 1500km from the coast of Portugal . The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Portugal , your essential guide for visiting Portugal .
Looking for natural beauty? The Azores has plenty of that.
These lush islands hide lakes and waterfalls. Expect bubbling hot springs and flowery meadows. Plus Azores weather is warm year round.
The islands' population is around 250k. And an unhurried pace of life makes holidays to the Azores even more appealing.
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Want adventure? You can cycle, canyon or hike inland. Offshore there's whale or dolphin watching. And surfing's easy on Atlantic beaches.
Thinking about holidays to the Azores? Consider staying at Hotel Horta in the historic town of Horta.
Need more convincing? Check out the video below from Portuguese filmmaker, João Monteiro.
In his own words. "We found one of the most beautiful places we've ever been right here, in our own country."
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