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The volcanic islands of Azores are situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, roughly midway between North America and Europe. Choose which island to stay on or hop from one to the next: there are plenty of hostels to choose from with pristine beaches, adrenaline-pumping activities and cultural attractions nearby. Life is slow-paced here and the local people welcome you with genuine warmth. Watch the dancers and acrobats in one of their many street festivals before you get pulled in yourself! Scubadive to an old shipwreck or cave and see the magnificent marine life, explore the wild landscape on a canyoning trip, watch some of the 25 different species of whales and dolphins on a guided boat tour, paraglide over the dramatic landscape, or try mountain climbing at Pico Island’s imposingly tall Pico Alto. Make sure you don’t leave without sampling some of the mouth-watering cheeses, fresh seafood and locally-produced wines.