About midway between Boston and mainland Portugal sits the Azores, a collection of nine islands scattered over several hundreds of nautical miles. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, and just four hours by plane from Boston.
The Azores are some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Not surprisingly, they have earned accolades for their exceptional travel and tourism experiences:
- The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations named the Azores as the world’s second-most appealing islands destination
- One of 10 Best Values, USA Today
- Top 10 Places for Whale Watching, Sherman’s Travel
- Top 10 Islands You Never Heard Of, Budget Travel
- Two World Heritage Sites, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Visitors find plenty to see and do here, with a wide range of lodging and restaurants well-integrated across the wild and green landscapes that make up the islands. The Azores are also the perfect spot for the adventurer. Water sports, yachting, fishing and whale watching are widely available. Equally popular are horseback riding, cycling and hiking.