AZORES

Prestige Hong Kong - - AGENDA -

We di­rected you to the mid-At­lantic Ridge a cou­ple of is­sues ago, but this month we’re sug­gest­ing you head fur­ther north in that ocean to the far-flung Por­tuguese ar­chi­pel­ago of the Azores. Vol­canic in na­ture and green, rugged and oth­er­worldly in ap­pear­ance, these nine is­lands lie some two-and-a-half hours’ fly­ing time from Lis­bon. You’ll ar­rive at the busy – by Azorean stan­dards – city of Ponta Del­gada, on the is­land of Saõ Miguel, from where it’s easy to es­cape into this sub­trop­i­cal par­adise: the stun­ning caldera of Sete Ci­dades is part of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and just 30 min­utes’ drive away. Take a ferry to Ter­ceiro and the old town of An­gra do Heroísmo, get stuck into the vin­hos from vine­yards on the is­land of Pico (both are Unesco World Her­itage sites), lose your­self in un­spoilt na­ture re­serves, throw your­self into all man­ner of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, dine on su­perb seafood, lo­cal beef and cheese, and sim­ply bask in the peace and unique­ness of this re­mote oceanic out­post.

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