Almost halfway between Europe and the United States, the Azores Islands have been called Europe’s Hawaii, a drastic collection of volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic that are a place aside from anything else on the continent. From the pastoral settings of Terciera to the tea tropical canyons of San Sao Miguel, it’s one of the most scenic places in the world that hasn’t completely blown up.

Much of this is thanks to efforts by local authorities to curb over-tourism, whether that means limiting hotel rooms on certain islands or curtailing airlift. Still, you can get insanely cheap travel deals to the Azores, and once there we can show you how to run with bulls, drink tea from volcanoes, or surf the legendary breaks just off the shore.