There are nice views, there are really nice views and then there are Azorean vistas – sweeping panoramas of unrivalled gorgeousness that you can only find atop the volcanic peaks of these nine Portuguese islands. The largest of them, Sao Miguel, is where you’ll find Tremor – a five-day arts and music festival that takes place in and around the capital, Ponta Delgada, every March. The fest encourages its attendees to seek out the very best of the island – from the churches, skate parks and museums where concerts are held in the town, to the beauty spots where international artists pop up for spellbinding ‘secret’ shows. Tremor is all about the spirit of exploration – appropriate, given that the Azores was Christopher Columbus’s first port of call on his way back from the Caribbean – and there are myriad reasons to hitch a galleon out to the festival. Or just take a Ryanair flight.
Previously: Ten reasons to go to a music festival in Reykjavik