Your Guide to the Azores, Europe's Next Hot Island Escape

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The Azores are decidedly neither here nor there, a series of mid-Atlantic volcanic nodes where the tectonic plates of Eurasia, North America, and Africa collide. Europe is nearby. So is the Sahara. The latitude is northern (parallel with Delaware), yet the nine-island archipelago, an autonomous region of Portugal, has been called the Hawaii of the Atlantic, in part because of its teeming biodiversity.