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Explore the Unspoiled Nature of the Azores

Magical waterfalls, lakes, and towering volcanoes make up the landscape of these Portuguese islands. From rolling vineyards to black sand beaches, the unspoiled nature of this archipelago is a refreshing dose of Earth at its best.

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Hills are covered with vivid green vegetation and surrounded by deep blue Atlantic ocean. Lakes of turquoise waters, volcanos, tea plantations, vineyards, vibrant flora and fauna, beaches with sand ranging from white to black– the islands of the Azores are a remote, unspoiled paradise.

Delta Air Lines operates a direct service to the Azores from New York. With a flight time of less than six hours, you can jet off for a long weekend getaway or a longer vacation with ease. 

When it comes to the nature of the Azores, we’ve unearthed the must-visit locations on the islands:

Sete Cidades Lake

Located on São Miguel, the Sete Cidades Lake is one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. Two adjoining, bicolored lakes great visitors here; one a glistening, Maldive-blue and the other a deep, emerald green. A popular hiking destination, the lake is perfect for spending an afternoon relaxing.

Pico Volcano

Pico Island’s towering volcano is also Portugal’s highest point. Although it’s steep, avid hikers are beckoned by a climb to its peak. And for those who make the ascent, the views from the top will make it all worth it.

Waterfalls

You’ll never need to go far on the Azores to find water cascading down a hillside.

Ribeira dos Caldeirões, a nature park on São Miguel, is a waterfall wonderland. Stroll along the curving pathways of the park and bask in the stunning falls, gardens, and lakes.

Poço da Alagoinha, on Flores, is home to a wall of different falls that gently cut lines across a facade of rich green vegetation.

Vineyards

The ‘Landscape of Pico Island Vineyard Culture’ is one of two UNESCO recognized heritage sites on the Azores. The dark, rich volcanic soil and the decades-old vines planted by the sparkling Atlantic waters create a dramatic, charming sight. History, beauty, and viticulture are all left unspoiled here.