I still remember the first time travelling to an island, amazing landscapes, breathing with full breast, feeling so relaxed, so far from home. I missed this feeling, that’s why I wanted so badly to escape from Lisbon just even for a second.
If you are living or visiting Lisbon Açores are the best get away spot for lovers of green landscapes. I am so fortunate that have relatives living there, so had a chance to see amazing things that are not so easy to reach by tourists.
I took the direct flight to Ponta Delgada which is a nice, quiet port city with amazing restaurants, food market where you can buy local products like cheese or pineapples and good spot with hotels and hostels to sleep.
As the city is quite small you can walk it in half of a day finishing with the local beer and planning car trip to the real cause of your trip! Because the car is needed, I can’t imagine myself walking so long and up to the mountains.. but maybe for the breathtaking lagoons and waterfalls I would?
The only thing about driving – mind the cows, they are everywhere !
The must have of the trip besides all the views are the hot springs.. Just look at this! Reminder- hot springs as well as area of Furnas (where famous cozido is made) smells so bad.. I think that’s how I imagine the farts of shrek, but the second you are inside the hot water you don’t give a damn..
After being totally relaxed in hot springs- good food is needed, but for this click in another post – Getting fat in Açores