This Spring I had the chance to travel with my family (thanks Mom and Dad) to Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel Island, which is the capital of the Azores. The Azores are a set of islands off of Portugal. Many people were perplexed as to why we decided to vacation there, but I would highly recommend it for many reasons. The scenery is so breathtaking, it is almost unreal, and many of the tourists attractions cost little to money (in Euros). I wanted to share some of the places we visited without giving away every single thing about this beautiful place. The good thing is that you can fly there is 4.5 hours directly from Boston, MA.
Lagoa das Sete Cidades- This breathtaking body of water is called the Blue and Green Lakes, which has twin lakes side by side. They are situated in the crater of a dormant volcano.
Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana- We visited a tea plantation, which produces black and green tea. Also has breathtaking views and you can sample the tea for free!
Arruda Pineapple Plantation– We also visited a pineapple plantation, saw how pineapples are grown, and took home some yummy pineapple foods (I got a jam)!
Poça da Dona Beija– The Furnas or Hot Springs was another hit during our trip. These are naturally occurring hot springs, and there were different areas that were different temperatures.
Azores Beach- We also visited a beach. The sand was very different due to volcanos, and was “black” in appearance.
Botanical Gardens- During our walking tour, we were able to visit the Botanical Gardens, which was formally a wealthy family’s personal garden.
There is much more to see in the Azores than these few things I have shared, so I will leave it up to you to potentially explore this place on your own.