Four and a half hours of direct combat from Boston can take you to a small oasis in the middle of the Atlantic, where the Portuguese archipelago is waiting to roll out the green carpet for you.
Located approximately 2,200 miles from Massachusetts, the Azores are a chain of nine volcanic islands that have been blessed with breathtaking scenery, shaped by a pristine landscape of lush vegetation, jagged cliffs giving way to enchanting beaches and natural ocean pools, cascading waterfalls, stunning crater lakes , mineral hot springs and roads lined with colorful hydrangeas.
Such a diverse landscape and mild climate make the autonomous region of the Azores a year-round attraction for nature lovers and adventurers alike.
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Sports and adventure lovers will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of activities on offer, including golf, sailing, surfing, fishing, waterfalls and mountain hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming in the wild with dolphins and whale watching, among many others. .
Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination
It is no coincidence that the Azores have been named Europe’s Leading Adventure Travel Destination for the past two years by the World Travel Awards, known as the “Oscars of Tourism”. In 2022, the Azores were nominated in three different categories: “Best Adventure Travel Destination in Europe”; Europe’s leading island destination; and the European Responsible Tourism Award. The winners will be announced this fall.
Although the archipelago is mostly known as a place of nature and adventure, gastronomy lovers will not be disappointed either, as they will find plenty of succulent dishes prepared from freshly caught fish and seafood, organic meat from cows that feed on the islands. green pastures and many other local ingredients steeped in rich cultural flavor.
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Culture lovers can immerse themselves in history dating back hundreds of years as the archipelago has been a frequent stopover for world explorers, American whalers and Europeans traveling the world.
How to get there
To top it all off, the Azores have been classified as the “safest destination in Europe 2022”, offering visitors the peace of mind and safe distance needed for many outdoor activities in these turbulent times of COVID-19.
Each of the nine islands has its own distinct character and appeal, but San Miguel and Terceira are connected by direct flights from the United States.
Azores Airlines flies direct from Boston to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island all year round and to Lajes on Terceira Island once a week. Azores Airlines (from JFK-NY, on select days) and United (from Newark, NJ) offer summer non-stop flights to Ponta Delgada. During the summer, Azores Airlines also flies from Oakland, California to Terceira Island every two weeks.
San Miguel, Green Island