The 19th century Outeiro da Memoria in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, commemorates King Pedro IV of Portugal. The island's first fort was built here in 1474 to defend against pirates.

The century Outeiro da Memoria in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, commemorates King Pedro IV of Portugal. The island's first fort was built here in 1474 to defend against pirates.

A stew called cozido das Furnas is baked underground for six or seven hours in a volcanic caldeira at Lagoa das Furnas on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.

A stew called cozido das Furnas is baked underground for six or seven hours in a volcanic caldeira at Lagoa das Furnas on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.

At 2,351 meters Mount Pico on Pico Island in the Azores is the highest mountain in Portugal. In 1718 a lava flow down the volcano reached the coast.

At meters Mount Pico on Pico Island in the Azores is the highest mountain in Portugal. In 1718 a lava flow down the volcano reached the coast.

A state of the art interpretive center is beneath the Capelinhos Lighthouse on Faial Island in the Azores. The eruption of 1957 buried part of the building in volcanic ash and left it well inland from the western tip of.the island.

A state of the art interpretive center is beneath the Capelinhos Lighthouse on Faial Island in the Azores. The eruption of 1957 buried part of the building in volcanic ash and left it well inland from the western tip of.the island.

The 18th century Camara Municipal (City Hall) in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, was originally the home of a wealthy family.

The century Camara Municipal (City Hall) in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, was originally the home of a wealthy family.

The Convento da Esperanca (1541) in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, illuminated for the Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres.

Convento da Esperanca Photo by David Stanley — National Geographic Your Shot

Steam and hot water bubble up from fumaroles in the town of Furnas on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

Steam and hot water bubble up from fumaroles in the town of Furnas on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

One of the most characteristic dishes on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores is cozido das Furnas, a stew baked slowly by the natural heat of a volcanic caldeira.

One of the most characteristic dishes on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores is cozido das Furnas, a stew baked slowly by the natural heat of a volcanic caldeira.

The beach and small boat harbor at Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores.

The beach and small boat harbor at Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores.

The museum in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, is housed in the former Convento de Sao Francisco. It's easily the largest and finest museum in the Azores.

The museum in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, is housed in the former Convento de Sao Francisco. It's easily the largest and finest museum in the Azores.

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