The wishlist of the.ego.tripper is getting longer and longer. Just this week I had to add the Azores to it. It was the Belgian airline JetAirFly that gave me the idea, with their first flight from Brussels to the group of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic a couple of days ago. I started googling it and I liked what I saw. The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, and is located about 1.500 km west from Lisbon and about 3.900 km east from the east coast of North America.

All the islands have volcanic origins, although some, such as Santa Maria, have had no recorded activity since the islands were settled. Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft). The Azores are actually some of the tallest mountains on the planet, measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean to their peaks, which thrust high above the surface of the Atlantic. Because these once-uninhabited and remote islands were settled sporadically over a span of two centuries, their culture, dialect, cuisine and traditions vary considerably. But they all seem breathtakingly beautiful…

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