The Azores, a small string of Portuguese islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, are becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. This archipelago has three airports for international flights. Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport on São Miguel Island, Horta Airport on Faial Island, and Lajes Airport on Terceira Island. They are only served by the Portuguese airlines TAP Air Portugal and SATA Internacional, and by the French company Aigle Azur. The journey from the UK to the Azores often has a stopover in mainland Portugal, at Porto or Lisbon, with flights from London and Manchester. TAP Air Portugal operates flights to the Azores departing from the UK, (expect to pay a minimum of £350 for a return flight to the Azores). SATA Internacional also operates cheap direct flights every week from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada in less than 4 hours. Once you arrive, the Azores airline (SATA) ensures correspondences between the nine islands of the archipelago. However, some flights to the Azores only run once or twice a week. It is also possible to travel between the islands by boat.
A little-known destination, the Azores bathe in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Portugal. The archipelago is comprised of nine volcanic islands. The general image people have of the Azores is a succession of idyllic islands with sun, fine sand and coconut trees, but the reality is far from it. The landscapes combine the green of the vegetation with the blue of the sea, dotted with craters and caves, as well as crystal clear lakes. San Miguel Island, the largest and most populated, has a rich vegetation whose greenery contrasts with the dark colour of the basaltic rocks that form the landscape. In the centre of the archipelago, Faial is known as the 'Blue Island'. The name comes from the large number of hydrangeas in all shades of blue that cover the island. On Flores Island, visitors will marvel at the luscious nature and the profusion of flower species that grow all year round. All of the islands in the archipelago are exceptionally good for observing marine wildlife; whales and dolphins can regularly be seen from boats crossing the Azores. It is the perfect destination for those who love unspoilt nature and who are looking for adventure but also tranquillity and relaxation.