The Azores is one of the most popular regions in Portugal, and it is divided into three groups; Eastern, Western, and Central.
The islands boast breathtaking landscapes which include the sea on one side, and the volcanic mountains on the other, as a beautiful backdrop. On these nine islands, you will also find a spectacular show of azaleas and hydrangea flowers, which is definitely worth worth-seeing.
Horta is beautiful. The pristine Pria Do Porto Pimm beach and a visit to the Caldeira do Faial – Volcano crater is two things you must do while visiting Horta.
The meaning of: Faial (meaning “beech wood”) was named for the wax myrtle, once abundant, which its discoverers mistook for beech trees.
Also known as Ilha das Flores, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it sits in the Western group of the Azores. The island is known for its abundance of flowers. Like, during the summertime when the island is covered with thousands of Hydrangeas, hence its Portuguese name of Flores.
The perfect place according to experts to grow a vineyard. Here you must go on a wine tasting tour and explore Madalena on foot. The island does not hide the fact that it is a volcanic island as you will see black volcanic rock and sand everywhere. On Pico Island you will also find the highest mountain in Portugal, the Ponta do Pico and it is open for hikers. I would suggest that you book a tour. It is more fun in a group and you will get much more information from a tour guide.
This is the biggest island of the archipelago, and as part of the Eastern group, São Miguel Island is also in my opinion the most famous and the one you definitely have to add to your bucket-list.
The Island has the nickname “Ilha Verde” – ‘Green Island’, because of its lush vegetation. Here you will find huge craters, beautiful lakes and gardens and much more.
In my opinion it would be June to September. The wet season is from October to April.