The Azores Archipelago
is a group of nine distinct islands, lying on the same latitude as New
York and Lisbon, around 950 miles from the Portuguese capital. Legend
has it that they are the tips of the lost continent of Atlantis but
the stunning craggy scenery points to volcanic rather than mythical
Weather is of a mild maritime Mediterranean type and summers are generally very good. Average temperatures range from 15-22C (59-71F) with extremes being tempered by the passing gulf stream and although they do get rain year round the weather is generally very pleasant.
You can fly direct to the Azores from either Lisbon, Boston or Frankfurt with TAP Air Portugal and SATA International. Connecting flights are available from the UK, the US and many airports across Europe.
The most instantly recognisable of the islands, Pico is dominated by majestic Mount Pico, itself a steep-sided dormant volcano soaring to 7,200ft on an island barely 10 miles wide.
Pico is the highest mountain in Portugal and its peak is often shrouded in clouds. However, views from the top over the central group of islands are unbeatable on a clear day.