The Word Is Out on the Azores Islands
You know the phrase “secrets don’t stay hidden forever?” Well, it’s true, especially in the case of the Azores Islands. For years, they’ve been a best-kept secret but not anymore. People are now talking, and believe us, this won’t just be 15 minutes of fame.
Here’s what the world is saying about the Azores Islands, and all the more reasons why you need to go.
It’s the trip your most adventurous friends are taking.
"This Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic has beaches, jungles, and an elusive allure; it's particularly elusive for American travelers, as there is currently only one non-stop flight available from the U.S.: Boston to Ponta Delgada, via Azores Airlines." – Conde Nast Traveler
The islands are unspoiled paradise.
"Picture emerald beaches, dazzling blue lakes, verdant pastures, volcanic caverns, bubbling mud pots, sprawling sunrises and waterfalls cascading deep into ravines (which you can rappel into, by the way). UNESCO designated the Azores a Biosphere Reserve in 2009 for their impeccable preservation. Indeed, the islands make a very good case for heaven on Earth." – Huffington Post
Before hitting 30, make carpe diem your mantra and island hop in the Azores.
"When it comes to island hopping in Europe, countries like Croatia and Greece usually come to mind, but the Azores — nine islands of the autonomous region of Portugal — deserves to be on your radar, too. The island cluster boasts an incredibly diverse and stunning terrain, including mountains, jungles, beaches, hot springs. The best part? It's a lot closer than you think." – Refinery 29
Come to unplug.
"With the islands located at the largest concentration of thermal waters in Europe, The Azores' hot springs boast an untapped potential to drawing US travelers seeking the natural formation in an unencumbered and unpopulated way." – Popsugar
Every island shines, so don’t pick just one.
"Unlike other archipelagos, where the scenery remains consistent across the region, each island in the Azores has a distinct personality. From the lost-in-time village of Corvo (population: 400) to Terceira, whose capital, Angra do Heroismo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s impossible to pick just one island and not feel like you’re missing out." – Travel + Leisure
It’s the perfect place to escape the winter.
"December isn’t chilly here, despite the archipelago’s Atlantic location—the Gulf Stream keeps the year-round temperatures surprisingly balmy, with the mercury rarely dropping below 60 degrees or so. Logistics can be challenging, so book a trip with tour operator Azores Getaways, making sure to incorporate a visit to one of the local, geo-thermally heated hot springs—the new Furnas Boutique Hotel on São Miguel has its own thermal spa." – Conde Nast Traveler