The Azores are verdant, tranquil, diverse, exquisitely beautiful and always welcoming. These nine green islands are the embodiment of old-world charm and include an elegant capital, remote villages, glittering blue coastlines and spectacular volcanic landscapes. This is the only guide in English that provides details of travel and activities alongside in-depth background information. This new edition features new adventure activities such and newly opened gardens. With this guide visitors can visit Europe's only tea plantations or step into the hot springs and gurgling mud pools of Furnas.
David Sayers trained at the Royal Botanical Garden, Kew in London and is a field botanist. After careers in horticulture and social policy he ran a travel company offering specialist botanical tours worldwide. The Azores has long been his favorite destination and he pioneered the first walking holidays in the archipelago, an activity 30 years later now offered by many tour operators. As consultant he has refurbished three important public gardens on São Miguel, and is a freelance writer on botanical travel.