Simply put, the Azores islands are unlike any other place in the world. They're an ideal vacation destination for those seeking to escape the winter, or to forget about the workaday blues in a hurry. Here are some of the best tours and attractions that these islands have to offer.
According to legend, this was once the site of seven towns, all of which sank beneath the water. The Caldiera is home to twin lakes, one a brilliant green, and the other a sparkling blue. Jeep tours take guests to the Calediera in style, giving them the chance to concentrate on the scenery while relaxing. It is truly awe-inspiring.
On the island of Sao Miguel is a little town called Furnas. This romantic getaway is full of hot springs, and locals use the heat of the ground to slow-cook meals. To get a taste of the local custom, visitors are welcome to use the ground ovens as well. Pack your swimwear and spend some time in the warm pool at Terra Nostra, where you'll be surrounded by verdant gardens.
This graceful peninsula on the island of Faial was formed not so long ago by a volcanic eruption. Visitors here get a glimpse into how the islands themselves were formed, and how they must have looked until the local flora and fauna populated them. It is truly a sight to see.
This small island is full of caverns to be explored, reefs to dive, and landscapes to marvel at. Active vacationers enjoy hiking to Timao summit, and students of history marvel at the collection contained in the Graciosa Museum, a former warehouse now dedicated to showcasing the relics of the island's whaling and winemaking trades.
This is the only place in the world where you can actually step inside a volcano. Don't worry; this one's not active. At the bottom of the cave, you'll find a lake formed over eons by the water trickling down through the earth. Despite its awesome beauty, this place is rarely crowded, so it?s the perfect spot for some quiet contemplation.
This marine reserve is one of the most popular SCUBA diving sites in the Azores, and it's easy to see why. Divers here encounter Devil Rays, schools of Bluefish, and even Yellowmouth Barracudas. Novice explorers may prefer to snorkel near the surface, but more advanced dives are definitely a possibility.
Many golf enthusiasts say the course at Pestana Gramacho Resort is one of the most beautiful courses in the Azores. This secluded course is challenging yet accessible, and friendly, knowledgeable help always staffs the clubhouse.
If you're eager to explore the crystal blue waters of the Azores, but nervous about taking your maiden voyage, then Octopus Diving Center of Terceira is a wonderful place to start. The patient and good-natured diving instructors will make sure you're ready, before taking you on your first spectacular dive.
Known as one of the premiere whale watching excursion companies in the Azores, HortaCetaceos receives rave reviews from lovers of marine life. The guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and guests always come away from the experience with pictures to show, and stories to tell.