Historic Portugal and its satellite Azores Islands are famous for their world-class seafood—often found in boho-chic beach restaurants along with a glass of wine from one of its outstanding wine regions—as well as its range of accommodation from quaint whitewashed quintas to modern eco-villas, their floor-to-ceiling windows reflecting the dazzling blue and gold of the Atlantic shoreline.
That coast also offers incredible surfing adventures—with some of the world’s most famous breaks—or turn into the aromatic hinterland for treks through pine woods and olive groves, with visits to riverside vineyards, and rustic farms that offer the perfect location for a family or romantic Mediterranean escape.
On the volcanic Azores, a remote tropical island archipelago, you’ll find treks through verdant rainforest, matchless views over twin crater lakes, and world-renowned diving sites. From whale watching to swimming with dolphins to a surf scene dubbed ‘the Hawaii of Europe’, the coast is full of adventure—or choose to simply relax on its sugar-sand beaches.
And it’s not all just natural splendor—the islands are as much a cultural as they are a biodiversity hotspot, with a conservation ethos that has seen the archipelago become the first to be awarded the EarthCheck certification, recognizing its efforts to preserve both natural and human heritage on these extraordinary Atlantic islands.