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DESTINATION GUIDE: SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND, THE AZORES
The island of São Miguel in the Azores is one of the most magical places in the world. Part of Portugal, the archipelago consists of 9 islands which lie roughly 850 miles west of mainland Europe. São Miguel is the largest and most populated island of the Azores and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Green Island’.
KAYAKING AROUND THE GREEN & BLUE LAKES OF SETE CIDADES IN THE AZORES
Azorean legend has it that long ago a beautiful Princess with piercing blue eyes used to roam the countryside because she was in love with land. One day she came across a humble shepherd tending to his flock on a nearby hillside. She and the shepherd began talking about their shared love of the flora and fauna all around.
THE MOST POSTCARD-WORTHY HIKE IN THE AZORES: SETE CIDADES
The Sete Cidades crater hike, on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, is nothing short of spectacular. Considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, we’d put money your heart skipping a beat when you reach the top.
FURNAS LAKE VILLAS
Nine Japanese cedar villas sit serenely on the magical 230 acres of land that comprise the Furnas Lake Villas property. Family owned and operated, the hotel is one of the loveliest, most special places you’ll find. Husband and wife owners, Manuel and Helena, started this passion project more than a decade ago and their daughters, Maria and Mariana, have grown up there surrounded by pure, untouched natural beauty.
GOLF COURSE IN THE AZORES: THE 2ND BEST COURSE IN PORTUGAL & FRIGGIN’ GORGEOUS SCENERY
The rugged, lush, almost-rainforest-y terrain of the Azores makes for one amazing golf experience. When you plan a trip to these beautiful Portuguese Islands, don’t leave out a round of golf at Furnas Golf Course from your itinerary.
Azores Enduro Fest 2018
The "fun focused" enduro party is back in 2018. Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and hidden from the rest of the world, the village of Faial da Terra on the Island of São Miguel will again host the Enduro fest, between March 1 and March 4, 2018.
Water worlds: top 10 marine adventure holidays worldwide
For world-class diving sites you can reach on a budget airline, try the Azores archipelago. The seamounts (volcanic underwater elevations) have barred hogfish and stingrays on the seabed, and devil rays and skipjack tuna closer to the surface, plus dolphins, turtles and whales to spot on the boat there and back.