Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Azores - The Hawaii of the Atlantic

There are places so beautiful that you want to keep them a secret.
The Azores is such a place. The abundance of natural space, lack of tourists, and temperate climate make it an Eden in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

A great place to start your Azores adventure is on the Island of Sao Miguel. Ponta Delgada, the Capital, is a charming town that is walkable and inviting.

The beautiful tiled streets echo their connection as an autonomous region of Portugal.

A walk along the harbor reminds you that this vibrant city was once a simple fishing village.

Beautiful arches, churches and charming cafes dot the island.

 Hydrangeas and Belladonna bloom everywhere.

Beaches and lakes complete this idyllic paradise.

Geo-thermal hot springs provide not only a therapeutic, relaxing soak but also can cook your dinner!

This traditional Azorean stew cooks underground for six hours. It is delicious.

Speaking of food, there is an abundance of amazing food to be found.

Limpets, a local favorite, grace this pasta dish. I was fortunate enough to run into a local man who was gathering limpets.

Another unique surprise in the Azores is the Gorreana tea plantation. It is the only tea plantation in Europe.

With so many things to do and see, be sure to save yourself the stress of driving steep, narrow roads and hire a tour guide.  Green Visions Tours was amazing.

There are nine volcanic islands in the Azores. Explore and enjoy. But, keep the secret for your closest friends!

Happy traveling.

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