While summer is the hottest time of year in the Azores, an archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic, April is a wonderful time to come, with the flowers starting to bloom brighter, the sun shining stronger, and the days getting longer. It’s also a peak month for whale watching, with many different whales passing through during their migration, including blue whales, sei whales, and fin whales. Humpbacks are occasionally spotted and sperm whales can be seen year-round. This is a hiker’s paradise too, with a myriad of trails, from paths along the coast to challenging treks to volcanic peaks. Other highlights include hot springs to soak in, formed by the volcanoes that formed the island, black sand beaches, underground caves, and waterfalls. Sao Miguel is the largest island, home to the capital of Ponta Delgada, the capital, which is where most visitors begin their explorations.