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3ISLES europe Take our hand as we island-hop across Europe. We've got the scoop on why to go, where to stay, which tour to take and what to eat while visiting The Azores, Canary Islands and Gotland in Sweden. THEAZORES paloma villaverde de rico AU (3) Top to bottom: Sao Lourenco Bay on Santa Maria Island; Praia da Vitoria city-center on Terceira; and underwater exploration. A R ZO P ES RO M OT ION BO A R D /C O N V E N T ION &V ISI TO RS BU RE AU ( 3) WHY GO: João Barbosa, market manager for the United States and Canada, Azores Promotion Board, says, "For starters, it's only four hours from Boston and five hours from Canada with nonstop flights. This is an archipelago of unsurpassed natural beauty with breathtaking landscapes, impressive flora, and fascinating volcanic nature, and you can feel the Old World European charm in a relaxing, cosmopolitan atmosphere." Active vacationers will find "trails for hiking and cycling, enthralling underwater adventures, and championship golf courses," he says. In fact, while visiting the islands, visitors can go whale-watching, swimming with dolphins, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, canyoning, sailing, and surfing, among other activities. Plus, Barbosa points out, the Azores are made up of "nine islands ready to explore any season of the year." He adds that the destination offers "rich gastronomy, based on regional products of excellence like seafood, fresh meats, tea, cheese, wines, local soups, sauces and pastry." Must-visits include two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Historical Centre of Angra do Heroismo, and Landscape of the Pico Vineyard Culture, on the volcanic island of Pico. COOL STAY: The 28-room Pousada da Horta, Santa Cruz Fort is a charming hotel located within a 16th century fortress, with stunning views of the Horta Bay. BEST BET: Central Holidays' 8-day Spectacular Azores Island Hopping tour ( that includes visits to Sao Miguel Island, nicknamed the "Green Island," Faial, also known as the "Blue Island," and Terceira, more romantically known as the "Lilac Island." EAT UP: When it comes to the destination's dessert specialties, one of the most famous is Queijadas de Vila Franca do Campo (Vila Franca do Campo custards). INFO: april 2014 49 49-51 EU 3Islands.indd 49 3/25/14 12:18 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend April 2014

The Islands of Tahiti Travel Planner
Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Commune Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Collette
What's New In Mexico
Fiji: Fantasy Islands
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
RCI’s Vision of the Seas
Florida Keys
Oahu, Aston-Style
3 Isles: The Azores, Canary Islands & Gotland, Sweden
Sun-Kissed Islands: Belize & Peru
Afloat on the Indian Ocean: Zanzibar & Madagascar

Recommend April 2014