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As a writer traveling at least 50 percent of the time, the Azores have been on my bucket list for years. When I can, I often plan my travels around places ideal for whale watching (and other wildlife) or other interests like rich culture and history. Of course, spectacular scenery is always a plus. That made the nine idyllic islands located 948 miles from the Portugal mainland a must. The archipelago is filled with stunning natural beauty and offers a wealth of outdoor adventure along with a rich and intriguing culture. And, the whale watching is out of this world.
São Miguel is the largest and most populated in the archipelago, known as “The Green Island of the Azores.” It’s an endless landscape of surreal lakes tucked within volcanic craters, while the emerald hills and mountains are strewn with colorful wildflowers, including everything from vivid blue hydrangeas to delicate calla lilies. The island is also a geothermal hotspot with natural springs to soak in, while its main town boasts cobbled streets and a thriving culinary scene.
While visiting this paradise, you might want to just relax and take it all in, I found a wide range of things to do you might want to consider as well, including these top activities and attractions.