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Ponta Delgada, Azores

Offering solace on the long journey across the Atlantic, Ponta Delgada is the Azores Islands' largest city, and a welcome relief for any weary sailor. Located on an archipelago of Portuguese islands, some 1,100 miles from the mainland, you can explore humbling volcanic scenery, as well as Sao Miguel's verdant landscape - which glows with colour when the hydrangeas that the Azores are known for bloom into life during the summer months. The striking black and white facade of the Church of Sao Jose welcomes you to the city itself, while you can head to the markets to pick up the pineapples, tea leaves and coffee beans that add a little flavour to the island. As the largest city of the Azores, Ponta Delgada is well stocked with places to eat delicious local seafood, or pick up a little shopping, as you enjoy setting your feet on dry land, following a long journey at sea.

Volcanic firepower has carved these stunning islands, and a journey up to Caldeira das Sete Cidades is a must do, where you can hike beside the water-filled crater, and admire views of steep green walls, and the uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean stretching beyond them. Lagoa de Fogo offers yet more humbling views, with the crater lake dropping off sharply to rippled ocean far below.

The hot springs at Poca Da Dona, meanwhile, are perfect for sizzling away any tired muscles from your hikes, as you bathe in mineral rich pools and feel your stresses evaporating. Nearby, you'll also find the wonderful Terra Nostra Gardens, where streams weave between exotic plants, and a large, geothermal swimming pool invites you to bask in its heated water. See the geysers, which erupt gasses and steam into the air on a regular basis, and observe the earth’s party trick - the ability to cook food, simply by burying it just below the surface, and letting the volcanic heat do the rest.

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