Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada), Portugal
Surrounded by the blue Atlantic, the Azores bring you a chain of nine spectacular islands that will capture your senses like few other places can. Often described as the tip of the lost continent of Atlantis, this picturesque countryside is incredibly fertile and supports a dazzling variety of flowers and natural vegetation. The warm climate and ample rainfall sustain a bustling agriculture that often brings farmers three or four crops per year.
Lying in an ancient volcanic caldera, Fire Lake is framed by a beautiful beach and is often shrouded in swirling mists. And Pica Da Barrosa's scenic overlook offers a dreamlike view of Fire Lake.
Introduced from Brazil in the mid-19th century, the pineapple is a valuable cash crop that thrives in the verdant volcanic soil. The Azorian varietal has a particularly exquisite flavor.
Far removed and stunningly beautiful, Ponte Delgada with its 35,000 people, is the largest city in the Azores and the archipelago's main port.