About midway between the east coast of the United States and mainland Portugal sits the Azores, a collection of nine islands scattered over several hundred nautical miles. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores were once the one-and-only stopping-off point for ocean voyagers traveling between the two continents. Today, the Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal, even though they are more than 800 miles west of Portugal's mainland. A direct flight from Boston to the Azores takes about four hours - shorter than a flight to Las Vegas or Aruba.
Queens, tea, rituals and Portuguese influence in the 17th Century
If you don't know what it feels like to drive along 250 miles of beautiful beaches, surrounded by great local restaurants and historical sites, then this is for you. According to Canadian photographer Kate Siobhan Mulligan, Portugal is the 'Ultimate Road Trip'. Photo by Kate Siobhan Mulligan
Coffee in Portugal is much more than a routine; it is a ritual that comes, in some cases, with its own “cathedrals”, the Cafés. A Route of Historic Cafes has been created to explore 23 of the most beautiful and artistic Cafés in the country. From North to South of Portugal, here is a selection of cafés not to miss.
The Yeatman Hotel in Porto is once again in the spotlight, as it has been voted the "Best Wine Hotel" by the prestigious magazine Drinks International.
Easter in Portugal is about century old traditions and religious processions during Holy Week. Many festivities are held throughout the country, but the celebrations in Braga and Castelo de Vide are particularly moving and a “must see” due to their uniqueness.
A Summer to Remember in the Algarve