Due to work and family commitments the only time we had to travel was December 2017 during Christmas time – might I add, the most expensive time of the year. We wanted to go somewhere which is out of the city. A true getaway. We wanted a vacation that was not too cold and not too far away.
Azores is a group of islands off the coast of Portugal, middle of the Atlantic Ocean. They comprise of 9 small islands. We went to Sao Miguel, the largest of the 9 islands. We rented a stunning airbnb. One side of the house had the views of the Atlantic ocean, the front had fields and the right side had the view of the town with mountains as the backdrop. The weather was around 12-17 degrees Celsius. Perfect when you are trying to escape the brutal Canadian winter. We rented a small car for the entire 5 days we were there. Thankfully
Top spots to visit in Sao Miguel
- Sete Cidades Lake
The most stunning views I have ever seen in my life. This spot comprises of 2 lakes which are right beside one another. One is green and the other is blue. The drive to this spot is breathtaking. This is a must see!
2. Hot Springs
The hot springs on the island are one of the most popular places to be. There are a couple of places that have these hot springs and I am sure all of them are great. The one we went to had a fee of 6 euros per person. They were open till 11 pm which is great when you want to wind down after a long day.
3. The bridge on Miradouro da Boca do Inferno
One of most picturesque places on the island is Miradouro da Boca do Inferno. Its a short walk from the parking lot. The views are breathtaking. You are basically on a mountain top with the lakes and lushes green views under you. Must see!
Azores is also famous for whale watching. Unfortunately, we went in winter and the most sighted whales are around summer. Definitely worth looking into if you plan on going during summer.
Any spot I stand on the island is worth framing. The views are incredible, the air is fresh. It definitely is a trip to rejuvenate yourself, spend time with family and enjoy mother nature. It is not the most happening place but its great for a quite, nature-loving trip.
Kinza G Khan