Welcome to the Azores
The Azores are often described as "Europe meets Hawaii" with a mix of Iceland's striking volcanic landscapes, but those who visit these islands will quickly realize that they are truly unique beyond comparison.
The Azores are the World’s First Leading Sustainable Tourism DestinationSustainability and preservation have always been a priority here in the Azores, but as of Dec. 2019, the Azores has been officially recognized as the world's first certified archipelago to be certified under the EarthCheck Sustainable Destination program making it one of the most sustainable tourism destinations in the world.
Azores Youth Hostels
The Azores Youth Hostels are the perfect starting point for an epic Azores adventure.
Santa Maria Island Santa Maria attracts divers from all over the world due to its temperate climate, crystal clear waters, high visibility and its strategic location at the doorstep of the natural reserve of Formigas and Dollabarat bank, a rock formation northeast of the island that is considered by many as the best diving location in Europe. Santa Maria is a small island, but it’s packed with many unique sights that are well worth a visit, such as the Barreiro da Faneca - the Red Desert of the Azores, São Lourenço Bay, Praia Formosa, Cascata do Aveiro and the iconic Gonçalo Velho lighthouse.
São Miguel Island São Miguel Island is the geothermal spot of the Atlantic, meaning you can find warm water to swim in year-round in one of the natural spas and hot springs inland or tucked along the rocky coast. Get lost discovering the unique beauty of Sete Cidades, Lagoa do Fogo, Furnas and a ton of hidden gems, as you venture through roads filled with hydrangeas and discover a little piece of paradise in every corner.
São Jorge Island São Jorge may be small, but its scenery is dramatic, shouldered with mountains that tumble into deep ravines, rocky cliffs, crater lakes and characteristic fajãs (plains formed by lava flow). Don’t skip the Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo, the Fajã dos Cubres and Poça Simão Dias in Fajã do Ouvidor for one of the best natural pools in the Azores. Of course, no visit to São Jorge is complete without a stop at the island’s cheese factory where they produce the famed Queijo São Jorge, a robust, aged cheese characterized by its spicy, tangy flavor.
Pico Island Welcome to the Azores wine country! Characterized by black volcanic soil, Pico Island is covered with basalt (lava rock) lined vineyards that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Full of Instagram-worthy spots and plenty of wineries to visit, a guided tour of the vineyards and a drink at one of Portugal’s most famous wine bars - Cella Bar, are mandatory! For trekking enthusiasts, a lifetime adventure climbing the country’s highest mountain standing tall at 2,351m (7,713ft) awaits you.
Terceira Island With patchwork fields crisscrossing the emerald landscape and a cow population that’s almost double the amount of people, Terceira’s gorgeous scenery is reminiscent of the Irish countryside. Don’t skip a visit to the Algar do Carvão - an ancient volcanic cave that you can walk inside and home to some of the largest stalactites in the world; the Serra do Cume viewpoint; the natural swimming pools of Biscoitos and, amongst other beautiful sites, the cute little impérios of Praia da Vitória.
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