Nine islands in the middle of the Atlantic promise an experience of Portugal a world away from Lisbon or the Algarve. In the Azores, lush calderas yawn under a turbulent sky, monochrome chapels peer onto pretty cobbled streets, and whales and dolphins arrive to blow off steam. It’s a remote, sparsely populated place, and often flies under the tourist radar – though perhaps not for much longer.
If you’re considering an Azores holiday, you may be wondering where to visit. There is no best Azores island – each has its own attractions, and the archipelago lends itself to an island-hopping adventure. Learn a little about each island, and what to do in the Azores, with this quick island-by-island guide.
The eastern group of islands (Grupo Oriental)