Somehow by some sheer luck (and maybe a lot of effort), I ended up marrying a guy who doesn't mind if I hijack all important holidays and vacations and turn them into outdoor adventures. Therefore, it was with little surprise that Rob agreed to my far-fetched travel proposal to celebrate our second wedding anniversary earlier this summer hiking in another country.
After a lot of planning, failed attempts at learning a new language, packing, re-packing, and a long red-eye flight we finally made it… to Portugal! Well, sort of. Rob and I went to the Azores – an archipelago of islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. If you haven’t heard of it, I’m not surprised. We quickly learned that while the islands are a beautiful destination, tourism is still rather young. It made for a refreshing and very immersive trip.
The Azores are made up of 9 islands, so we chose to head to the largest, Saõ Miguel. The island is absolutely packed with stunning hikes, waterfalls, and diverse terrain. After 10 days there, I could probably write an entire guidebook, but I’ll simply tempt you with our images.
Jillian and Rob at Salto do Prego waterfall. All images: Jillian Bejtlich
Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde in Sete Cidades
Hike in Faial da Terra
Salto do Cabrito waterfall
Salto do Cabroto catwalk
Lagoa do Fogo Reserva Natural
Coast in Nordeste
Coast in Capelas
Oboz in Ferraria
Cliffs in Ferarria
Hiking lava rock in Ferarria