Your 2023 Azores Vacation: a Guide To São Miguel and Beyond
Most people think traveling from the US to Europe means crossing the Atlantic Ocean, usually on a six-plus-hour flight. However, there’s a whole other part of Europe smack in the middle of the ocean that melds the green, rocky hillsides of the UK with the Mediterranean vibes and culture of Portugal.
Sometimes called the “Hawaii of Europe,” an Azores vacation is a beautiful break from the cold winters of the northern hemisphere and a beachy adventure during the warmer summer months. The islands are part of Portugal but sit 930 miles west of the mainland. They’re divided into three main groups: the Eastern Group (São Miguel and Santa Maria islands), the Central Group (Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial islands), and the Western Group (Flores and Corvo islands).