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10 Most Beautiful Portuguese Islands to Visit

Sreedevi Nair Jun 24, 2024
Looking for an extraordinary European experience? Portugal is the right choice.
The country is an eye-catching destination, located at the edge of Western Europe.
Overshadowed by Europe’s glorified destinations, Portugal remains underrated for its allure. But for inquisitive and experimental travelers, Portugal has varied experiences to offer.

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Portugal is home to historic cities, hilltop towns and beautiful islands. Portugal’s faraway isles are perfect to reconnect with nature. They have the right mix of mild weather, breath-taking sunsets, tranquil beaches and wilderness.
Most islands are located in the Azores archipelago, away from the Portuguese mainland.
Let’s take a peek at some gorgeous Portuguese Islands.
The largest island of the Azores, Sao Miguel has enchanting scenery dominated by verdant, rolling hills, overlooking the crystal clear waters and sandy beaches.
Sao Miguel
The island is quite famous for dolphin and whale sightings. Its blue-green crater lakes and hot springs are ideal for blissful getaways.
After Sao Miguel, Pico is the second largest island on the Azores archipelago in Portugal.
Pico

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This volcanic island has a dramatic landscape right from lush meadows, verdant vineyards and high mountain terrains, making it one of the best Portuguese Islands to explore on foot.
Porto Santo
A petite island set away from the coast of Madeira, this charming island offers a stunning fusion of serene white beaches and warm, shallow waters, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.
This picturesque island is green and beautiful accentuated with meandering brooks, cascading waterfalls picture-perfect lagoons and ocean views you will fall in love with.
Flores
Known for heritage, culture and cuisine, a trip to this island makes you culturally engrossed into the Portuguese lifestyle.
Terceira
One of the most scenic and popular Portuguese islands, Madeira lets you enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate in quaint cliff-side towns and charming beaches.
Madeira
The island is also popular for its culinary. The Madeiran cuisine stands apart for its rich, unique flavors, brought out by authentic regional ingredients and cooking techniques.
Nicknamed as the ‘Sunshine Island’, beautiful sunny climate and clear azure waters make Santa Maria an idyllic spot to relax and chill.
Santa Maria

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Adventure enthusiasts! Swim, soak, dive or surf! Plenty of watersport experiences wait for you at Santa Maria.
Tiny yet pretty, Sao Jorge is a cocktail of captivating ravines, lush green cliffs and enchanting sea views. The island is an enticing spot for nature lovers.
Sao Jorge
A serene haven set away from the coast of the Algrave region in mainland Portugal, Tavira Island is one of the most beautiful islands to visit in  Portugal.
Tavira
A great spot for birdwatchers - The island’s clean and sunny ambiance attracts a lot of flamingos and other migratory birds.

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Graciosa
A great spot to get off the grid and enjoy solitude, Graciosa is small in size but extremely enchanting. The island preserves its authenticity of rustic lifestyle, heritage and culture and is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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Leave reality behind and venture out to new adventures. An experience in idyllic Portugal might be the right dose of refreshing elixir your life needs.