Azores Cruise Holiday Highlights
Pummelled by the turbulent waters of the Atlantic, the Azores is a country where verdant volcanic peaks plunge down into jade-tinted lakes. Around 850 miles from the mainland, its remoteness has shielded it from mass tourism, but this is part of the archipelago’s appeal and any visit feels very special.
The topography of the Azores – towering mountains, calderas, volcanic sand beaches, waterfalls, lakes, primeval forest and rolling green hills – means geotourism is very popular here.
Visiting the Azores
Eating out here is great value, as the Azores’ remoteness means the majority of produce is locally grown. Indulge in a selection of Portuguese petiscos (think tapas) or try the national dish cozido, a hearty stew cooked underground by the heat of a dormant volcano. The Azores is a prolific wine-producing region, so a glass or two is a must.
One of the natural wonders of Portugal is found on the western tip of the island. The Lagoa das Sete Cidades (or ‘Lagoon of the Seven Cities’) is an otherworldly place – a huge volcanic crater filled with water to form two lakes linked by a small strait. The lakes are ecologically completely different and even reflect light differently, hence their names Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde. Visitors can cross the small bridge between the lakes and hike the caldera for stunning views of the surrounding area.