Europe's Best Kept Secret
The Azores are a great backpacking destination for nature lovers and have three youth hostels (Pousadas de Juventude) - one each on São Miguel, Pico and Terceira. Prices start at 11€ for beds during the low season and 14€ in the high season. Walking trails, which are marked and easy to follow, are found on all the islands of the Azores. Do not expect a big scene of partying European trekkers on holiday. Again, this is an undeveloped pearl for backpacking in pristine natural conditions and should not disappoint anyone in search of beautiful views and fantastic hiking opportunities.