Sandie Sabaka loves solo traveling to unusual destinations and coming back to tell her friends and community about them. She recently took 2 separate 10 day-2 week trips to The Azores and Canary Island archepeligos, off the coast of Europe and Africa. Both are lightly visited by North Americans and loaded with European culture, good food and wine as well as being very affordable spots. They each boast volcanic peaks which are the highest in their respective countries of Portugal and Spain and Sandie climbed both.
The Azores sit on the Mid-Atlantic rift well off the mainland coast of Portugal, a lush group of nine small islands, surrounded by a black volcanic rocky coastline. She visited two of the nine islands, Sao Miguel and Pico, exploring by car and foot, discovering jaw dropping scenery reminiscent of our Hawaiian islands.
The Canaria Islands (las islas Canarias) have long been a winter hop for Europeans seeking the Spanish sun. They are just to the west of Morocco, further south than the Azores, and much drier. There are 7 islands and Sandie visited Tenerife and La Palma. She found the steepest roads she’s ever driven, amazing crater rim walking and lovely beachside towns that ring the coast. Banana plantations abound here!
Come along on a tour of these islands with bountiful outdoor opportunities.