One of Portugal's best kept secrets, The Azores is made up of nine islands created from volcanic activity in the Atlantic Ocean and is approximately two hours flying time from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
The sunny blue skies and the dramatic landscapes in the Azores attract thousands of holiday makers each year. Sao Miguel is the largest island in the Azores and is home to the main tourist airport of Ponta Delgada. Sao Miguel is a great island for exploring and can also be a great base for visiting some of the other islands on your holiday.
The Azores appeal is that it offers something for everyone. For the golfers, the island of San Miguel boasts two superb courses in Cedars and Azalea. Hike around a volcano (Capelinhos on the island of Faial offers breathtaking views), go whale watching (The Azores is one of the top 10 whale watching sites in the world), diving, deep sea, coastal and sport fishing, sailing or swimming with dolphins - a truly magical experience.
The islands make little demand on your cultural conscience but one place you absolutely must not miss is Angra, a historical UNESCO heritage patrimony city, over on Terceira Island.
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