Portuguese Islands: Madeira & The Azores
Volcanic in their nature, the Portuguese Islands are full of endemic charm. Dotting the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira and the Azores are accessible yet off the beaten path. Find cozy fishing villages and huge craters carved out of the landscape. Explore the mythical caves and the lush green meadows. Big contrast is what the islands of Portugal are all about.
Considered the first of many in the Age of Discovery, Madeira sits west of Morocco. And with year-round warm subtropical climes, its UNESCO marked Laurel Forest is enchanting. Further afield, the Azores sit adrift on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Dubbed the Hawaii of the Atlantic, adventure and marine life conservation here abound.
Part of Macaronesia, the Portuguese Islands are heavily protected. Fostering delicate ecosystems, species, and forests, Madeira and the Azores are absolutely unique. And between the turquoise lakes, ancient volcanoes, and jagged coasts, there’s no shortage of adventure. We’ll help you make the most of it!