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Graciosa

Graciosa © Xavier
Graciosa © Xavier

The tiny Graciosa is known as the 'White Island' of the Azores due to the pale rocky landscape. But there is variety in its golden wheatfields and green and purple vineyards. The landscape is dotted with quaint Dutch-style windmills, and most of its 4,600 inhabitants make their living from farming, winemaking and cattle-raising. Graciosa has its own unique natural attraction: the Furna de Enxofre.

This is a small, warm sulphur lake, concealed in a grotto underneath a volcanic crater. Visitors on holiday here can reach the lake via a 270ft (80m) spiral staircase enclosed in a brick tower.