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PORTUGAL - BEHIND THE SCENES

By Jenn Byrne for Sunday Afternoons

November 5th, 2018

Portugal, specifically the Azores Islands, stole my heart. Immediately, I fell in love with the landscape on the island of Flores, filled with waterfalls as far as the eye could see. The isle of Pico is fascinating because vineyards flourish despite uninhabitable lava rock covering most of the island. Most rural towns on Pico have community distilleries where they make their own wine. The cuisine amongst all the islands, utilizing only the most local and fresh ingredients, won me over. Due to the island’s isolation, their food can be quite salty because they have to preserve it throughout the year. There are a million reasons to visit the Azores, and these are just a few.

Small boats pulled up on a sandy beach with building, cliffs and the ocean in the background.

We started our trip on mainland Portugal in the quaint town of Carvoeira on the Algarve Coast.

W women geared up and wearing the Sun Tripper exploring a small tunnel shaped cave with bulbous red rock.

You can hike along the coast from town to town and explore caves along the way.

Huge sandstone cavern created by crashing wave with a large hole in the roof serving as a skylight.

This spot is only accessible by boat. It’s amazing the maneuvers these captains can make in all the caves lining the Algarve.

Women wearing an Artist Series Trucker sitting by a lake. Numerous water falls and green forest in the background.

Our first island, Flores, won us over immediately with its countless waterfalls.

Amazing view of a lush valley surrounded by cliff sides with dozens of waterfalls.

Not pictured: 10 other waterfalls to the left.

Artistic profile shot of a women standing on a coast line with her hair flowing in the breeze and back lit by the sun.

Flores is a very small island, and we were able to drive on nearly every road in two days.

Amazing shot displaying how powerful the ocean really is. A wave breaking on the cliff side and spraying a hundred feet into the air dwarfing a set of stairs in the background.

Due to its positioning in the mid-Atlantic, the weather can be very unpredictable on Flores. For that reason we had to extend our stay by a few days in order to fly to Pico. We weren’t upset since it made for quite the wave show.

A landscape of millions of rock that create a wonderful textured effect to this photo.

I thought Ireland had a lot of rocks. Pico is covered but they’ve managed to clear some of the land to grow vineyards. Yes, you’re looking at a vineyard.

Women wearing the Half Dome Artist Series Trucker while taking some photos.

Sao Miguel, the largest and most populous of the islands, offered the greatest variety in terms of landscapes.

A couple enjoying geysers from a safe distance while wearing the Aeriel Cap and Cruiser Wide Brimmed Hat.

Furnas, on the island of Sao Miguel, is covered with active geysers.

A women with a huge grin standing in front of a cliff with an amazing stratum wearing the Evelyn Wide Brimmed Hat.

One of my favorite spots on Sao Miguel was this black sand beach that provided so many amazing backdrops.

AN older couple walking into the coastal sunset on a wooden path.

Due to the relatively small size of all of the islands, we were able to enjoy coastal sunsets almost every night.

Pro Tip: Allow for flexibility in your schedule going to and from Flores as the weather can be unpredictable and cause multiple-day flight delays.

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