The most amazing things to do on Sao Miguel

Halfway between Europe and North America lie the 9 islands of the Azores. No mass tourism here, instead the Azores are one of the best well-kept ecotourism destinations in the world! Up to now that is… Low-cost carriers like Ryanair have discovered the charms of the archipelago too, so it might only be a matter of a couple of years before the masses do. I had the chance to visit the main island of Sao Miguel for a week. It’s an ideal place for hiking, but there are plenty of other Continue Reading

Why you should explore Faro, the gateway to the Algarve

Where is everyone? It is 3pm, Friday afternoon in Faro and I am standing on the Largo da Sé. The square is nearly empty and I have the Cathedral and the blossoming orange trees all to myself… Strange, since this is supposed to be the main tourist attraction of Faro… It reminds me of my stay in Málaga, Spain. Both are mainly treated as airport hubs and a quick access to the region’s beaches. A shame, because there are plenty of things to do in Faro for a weekend. The main Continue Reading

The most beautiful hiking trails on Sao Miguel

What if I told you that there is a place in Europe where the vegetation is as lush as a tropical rain forest? A place where the landscape is interspersed with azure volcanic lakes, where you can bathe in sulfuric hot springs and drive from viewpoint to viewpoint, each one even more dramatic than the last? Welcome to the Azores! An ecological paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, made up of 9 different islands, 1360 kilometres from continental Europe and 1925 kilometres from North Continue Reading