Shhhh...don't tell anybody. We've discovered a hidden and rarely visited archipelago, one that most people overlook in their search for a refreshing and sensational outdoor adventure. It's the Azores, nine islands about 800 miles off the coast of Portugal, and we think this autonomous region of Portugal may just be the best-kept secret in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
Only a four-hour flight from the east coast of the United States, the Azores islands are bathed in warm and species-rich waters that are influenced by the Gulf Stream. The diverse region is an important point of passage and home to many cetaceans, turtles, fish and birds. Due to its geographical location and remoteness, the Azores islands have preserved their nature and pureness for many centuries.
The volcanic origins of the islands have created mountains, valleys and volcanic rock formations that are covered in lush vegetation comprising many endemic plant species and bright flowers of all colours imaginable. These picturesque landscapes are further refined by captivating waterfalls, lakes inside ancient craters and thermal springs.
Due to its well-preserved and diverse natural beauty, the Azores archipelago has become a renowned destination for whale and dolphin watching, SCUBA diving, geotourism, hiking and bird watching. It is the perfect adventure for nature lovers!