Angra do Heroismo: gateway to Terceira’s natural treasures

My guide book said that Angra do Heroismo was one of the most beautiful cities in the Azores and a must-see for any visitor to the archipelago which lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 kilometres west from the Portuguese coast.  Having spent a couple of days exploring this delightful town this summer, I was...
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Three days in the Azores: a short trip to Sao Miguel Island

This post contains affiliate links The Azores, an archipelago comprising nine islands, is a relatively undiscovered destination as far as tourism is concerned. Although the number of visitors is gradually increasing, far fewer people venture here than any other destination in Portugal, with only just over a quarter of a million tourists annually (compared to...
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The Magical Gardens of Monte

Monte is a small village set high up in the mountains above Funchal, a magical place that was originally designed as a retreat for the Madeiran wealthy to escape the heat of summer.  It is a must on a short trip to Madeira and easy to do in a day, with time still left in...
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An Education in Port on the Banks of the Douro

Porto is a wonderful city.  Take a walk around the centre and it’s hard not to fall for the charm of the place: the higgledy piggledy coloured houses sitting on top of each other in the old town of Rebeira, the steep climbs connected by cable cars or funiculars that bring you out onto stunning...
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