The Azores, nine islands in the Atlantic halfway between the Old World and the New, rise above sea level from a depth of several thousand metres. They are all volcanic in origin and all are covered in this unique guidebook. They are not the remains of the legendary continent of Atlantis, which is said to have sunk in the ocean once upon a time. Nonetheless, there is an aura of mystery about this lush green archipelago ... awe-inspiring mountains and peaceful valleys with abundant exotic plants, enchanting lakes of stunning beauty amidst extinct craters, charming hill country with fields and meadows, and magnificent coasts lined by picturesque villages and historic towns. This thoroughly revised fifth edition is essential reading for anyone thinking of visiting the islands, and is a vital handbook for anyone who has already booked a holiday there.
Best time to visit: May to October.
5 car tours (on São Miguel, Terceira and Faial), More than 30 long and short walks, 21 picnic suggestions
Plans of Ponta Delgada (São Miguel), Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira), Horta (Faial)
136 pages + touring maps