Azores is a Top Budget Travel Destination for 2012 | The Azores, a chain of nine volcanic islands, lies 930 miles off the coast of Lisbon, but the distance hasn't protected the autonomous region of Portugal from the mainland's economic troubles—which means big bargains for American travelers. (Courtesy filipe pinheiro/Flickr) Favorite Places, Tops Budget, Budget Travel, Travel Deals, Travel Tips, Azorean Roots, Portugues Azorean, Travel Destinations, Azores Portugal
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Azores, Portugal. According to Fodors: Visiting the Azores feels a bit like stepping into paradise: Located midway between New York and Lisbon, the lush, volcanic archipelago is best known for its sapphire blue waters, colorful scenery, and majestic cliffside manors. Visitors can explore quaint seaside towns, take a dip in hot mineral springs, or hike through the island’s verdant hills.