European islands aren’t just found around the continent of Europe. Thanks to European colonialism policy in past centuries, many islands today are still more European than anything else and they’re found in every ocean. If you want a real taste of Europe without visiting the continent, there’s quite an amazing choice. If you’re undecided on a vacation destination, consider these European islands suggested by Popsugar.com.
The Azores are a collection of seven volcanic islands around 1,000 miles west of mainland Portugal. They are truly mid-Atlantic. This makes them top spots for water sports including windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing and diving. This archipelago is also supremely rich in marine life with many species of whales and dolphins.
Each Summer, there are hundreds of Tourada à Corda events, where bulls on long ropes run down residential streets. Unlike the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Azorean men run at the bull and try to tap it on the forehead. Aside from the bulls on ropes, endless festivals keep the Azoreans and visitors occupied throughout the Summer.
And you can take Portugal’s proclivity for all things water related all the way to your choice of hotel with the Furnas Boutique Hotel, located in Sao Miguel Island which boasts the largest concentration of thermal waters anywhere in Europe.
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