The Azores, a group of nine Portuguese islands in the North Atlantic, are about 1,000 miles west of Lisbon and 2,400 miles from North America. But the largest Azorean island, São Miguel, seems much closer considering the direct flights from Boston and Oakland.
Though all nine islands are volcanic, many have been dormant since the islands were settled in the 15th century. Apart from its three volcanos—Fogo, Sete Cidades, and Furnas—São Miguel has much to offer in the way of activities, attractions, and local flavor. We’ve rounded up our top 10 things to see and do on São Miguel, one of Europe’s up-and-coming destinations. Want to see it all? Join DuVine for some Azores cycling.