Vila Franca Do Campo , Portugal
About midway between Boston and mainland Portugal sit the Azores, a collection of nine beautiful islands scattered over several hundred nautical miles. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, and just four hours by plane from Boston.
With their wild and green landscapes, the islands are the perfect spot for the adventurer. Water sports, yachtingdiving and whale watching are popular, the latter from Vila Franca do Campo, the largest town on the islands, which has prospered from the island’s orange and pineapple plantations. Equally popular is horseback riding, and cycling.
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