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Portuguese islands

Portugal’s best-known islands are far out in the Atlantic: Madeira and the Azores. There are other islands on the coasts of the Algarve, the Estremadura and the Alentejo. On this page you will find an overview of the most beautiful islands of Portugal.

The most beautiful islands of Portugal

Santa Maria

Santa Maria
Santa Maria is the most southern island of the Azores and also the one where a beach vacation is best. There are several beaches with white sand on Santa Maria, plus good opportunities for diving and snorkeling, and surfing in the fall and winter. The island is rural in large ...

Faial

Faial
The island of Faial can hardly conceal its volcanic origin: right in the middle of the island, a caldera up to 400 meters deep bears witness to the elemental force from which the Azores were once formed. A hike on the steeply sloping crater rim is one of the most popular ...

Pico

Pico
Mighty Ponta do Pico rises from the island, its sign the highest mountain in Portugal. The stratovolcano, its caves formed from lava and the magnificent views are the main attractions for visitors to the island. But the island of Pico has more to offer, such as the famous red windmills ...

Graciosa

Graciosa
While cruise terminals regularly bring many visitors to some of the other Azores islands, there are only a few who find their way to Graciosa on one of the ferries. On the small, still mainly agricultural island with the almost oval shape, nature has therefore had enough peace to develop. ...

São Jorge

São Jorge
The elongated island of São Jorge, located between Graciosa and Pico, leaves an extraordinarily green impression even at first glance. The lush green of the many picturesque pastures dominates the picture. In fact, São Jorge is famous primarily for the cheese produced here, but the island has more ...

Terceira

Terceira
If one were to look at Terceira from the air, one might notice that the settlements and villages are located exclusively along the coast. The interior of the nearly 30-kilometer-long island is reserved for pastures and agriculture and the former vent of a volcano, 100 meters deep and accessible. Hot springs, ...

Flores

Flores
The name of the westernmost island of the Azores means nothing other than flowers, and it is indeed primarily nature that attracts visitors here. Several hiking trails lead across the small island, for example along the impressive coast with its steep slopes and rough rocks. Or up to the plateau, ...

Corvo

Corvo
The smallest island of the Azores is a place where cows graze inside a volcanic crater and where there is only one overland road. Only a good 400 people live on Corvo, which is therefore a truly tranquil, relaxing place. Given its manageable size, you can easily explore everything here on ...

Madeira

Madeira
Madeira is considered the island of flowers. The vegetation is lush, no matter what the season: it is green and blooming all year round. However, Madeira is not only a perfect vacation destination for (amateur) botanists: hikers can roam through the rugged volcanic landscape or climb Pico Ruivo - at 1862 ...

Madeira

The island of Madeira forms with several smaller islands an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, about 545 km from the northwest coast of Africa. Of the smaller outlying islands, only Porto Santo is inhabited.

Azores

Nine larger and further smaller islands belong to the archipelago of the Azores, which are only about 2000 kilometers away from America’s coast and yet are an autonomous region of Portugal. The landscape is characterized by lush green meadows, interspersed with small fishing villages and hedges of blue hydrangeas. The Azores are a UNESCO Global Geopark and the city center of Angra do Heroísmo and the wine-growing culture of the island of Pico are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites.