What is there to love about the Azores–9 islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal? The islands are a mixture of the green of Ireland and the volcanic beauty of Hawaii. The Azores allow for an island experience for the traveler who is looking for a unique vacation, European charm, and adventure activities. The islands boast stunning volcanoes, crater lakes, hot springs, black beaches, and colorful hydrangeas. The main island of Sao Miguel has a wonderful European vibe where delicious coffee and wine can be enjoyed in outdoor cafes and the seafood is freshly caught that day. For active travelers, there is mountain biking, hiking, deep sea fishing, swimming with dolphins, and surfing. The Azores is one of the top budget destinations in recent years and will become one of your all time favorite travel locations!