A great honeymoon can definitely make or break the end of a wonderful wedding. It is the start of being a married couple and needs to be an adventure and special event. The Azores is the perfect place to have the perfect honeymoon while being surrounded by wondrous scenes from nature, having multiple activities to partake in, and even just enjoying a day at the beach. The Azores is a delightful alternative to the normal humdrum of the Caribbean Islands and the Phuket Islands and soon you will understand exactly why!
The Azores Islands
The Azores is an archipelago, or a group of islands located close in proximity. It is made up of 9 islands in total, with São Miguel being the largest of all of the islands. The Azores Islands are located in an autonomous region of Portugal in the mid-Atlantic.
This mainly consists of São Miguel Island and due to its size and the vast number of activities that can be done on this island, it is highly recommended to honeymoon here or at least spend some of the time of your honeymoon here. It has stunning forests, volcanic lagoons, and even some thermal waters that can be enjoyed together with your loved one. Some activities that can be enjoyed on land include hiking trails, horseback riding, cycling, paragliding flights, and underground visits. At the ocean, you can spend some time canoeing, snorkeling, diving, whale watching, and surfing. This island also boasts many classy and luxurious hotels, with an ocean view of course, so a pleasant stay is guaranteed.
This consists of Faial Island, which has a few small cities and villages that can be explored, namely Capelo and Horta. This island also has an inactive volcano that makes for a stunning late-night hike destination. You will be able to gaze at the stars while sitting at the crater of this massive volcano. Other activities include sailing, diving, sport fishing, whale washing, hiking, horseback riding, and bird watching. There are also many meats, cheeses, and other foods to be explored for the foodies out there. Pico Island is also part of the central group. Pico Island is well-known for its majestic mountain which is also the highest point in Portugal. This mountain can be climbed, of course, and you can even spend the night at the highest point in Portugal if you would like to. There are also many vineyards on this island. Another island is São Jorge, which is well-known for its fajãs, which are small plains originally created by lava or landslides, and São Jorge brags with over 40 of them. There is also the island Terceira which has many museums, churches, empires, and castles which is perfect for anyone keen on exploring some of the history of the Azores. Lastly, Graciosa Island is an exceptional location for some more water related activities like kayaking and sailing. There are also some volcanic caves that can be explored with the aid of a guide for those couples who want to do something adventurous!
The Flores Island, Corvo Island, and Santa Maria Islands form the Eastern group. These islands are not as busy as the other islands and are more popular for hiking, taking a picnic, or even exploring some waterfalls. They are perfect if you need some quiet time together in nature!