The Spellbinding Islands of Azores

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Azores; Picture courtesy – visitazores.com

Barely 10 years back, even the most experienced travelers, would have failed to point Azores on the map. Over the recent years, the world has waked up to the beauty of these nine islands, touching the Atlantic. Here’s our pick of the 4 best of them in no particular order.

Pico

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Pico; Picture courtesy –blogspot.com

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Vine yards of Caminhos de Santa Luzia; Picture courtesy – parquesnaturais.azores.gov.pt

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Gruta das Torres; Picture courtesy – wikimedia.org

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Gruta das Torres; Picture courtesy – staticflickr.com

The primary thing which you will notice in the island is huge 2351m Montanha do Pico. A virtually symmetrical cone, looming over the Atlantic waters. Its peak is often covered with fogs and the staggering size of the mountain cripples to gobble up the whole island. You can snake through the UNESCO protected vineyards and do spelunking in the Gruta das Torres.

Faial

Town of Faial

Faial town; Picture courtesy – markostavric.com

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Picture courtesy – wikimedia.org

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 Picture courtesy – planetwhale.com

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Picture courtesy – intersailclub.com

Every excursion to Azores is incomplete without a whale watching tour. The semi-solid vessel ricochets over the Atlantic and the wind strikes your salt entrapped hair. The waves push you from side to side and that adds to the enthusiasm of the excursions. Right when the whales approach the surface, a sort of submerged tornado is formed and the surface starts turning. Seeing whale popping out of the waters will surely stagger you.

Flores

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Flores Botanical garden; Picture courtesy – blogspot.com

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Picture courtesy – wikimedia.org

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Picture courtesy – stirfly.com

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Ribeira Grande; Picture courtesy – wordpress.com

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Hiking Corvo; Picture courtesy – summitpost.org

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Picture courtesy – ytimg.com

The Azoreans, who have been bestowed with nature retreats like no other people, get entranced when Flores is said. It’s a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve subsequent to 2009. Without much surprises, this lavish green botanical garden is the wettest place on the island, henceforth a plenty of bays, waterfalls and turquoise lakes. In summers, its surface gets covered up with purplish-blue hydrangeas. The abandoned western Azores alongside Corvo, is a serendipitous outdoor heaven with numerous climbing, and mountain biking options to choose from.

Sao Jorge

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Sao Jorge; Picture courtesy – wikimedia.org

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Picture courtesy – wikimedia.org

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Picture courtesy – staticflickr.com

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Picture courtesy – blogspot.com

This 54km long slender slice of land drifting on the North Atlantic Ocean is obviously the most beautiful island of the Azores. Its towering mountains, profound canyons, bluff bottoms lashed with waters and the fjord taking resembling lakes all make up for a perfect adventure territory. In addition, its gentle atmosphere bolsters banana, guava and coffee estates which are dotted everywhere throughout the island. What’s more, the unpasteurized, smooth dairy animals milk is the most delightful you will ever taste.

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Last edited by Katie Louise on the 05 August 2015

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