There are more than 800 islands in Azores, but only the nine largest are usually noted on maps. All are volcanic in origin, and the island grouping reflects the facts that they sit over the juncture of three geologic plates. This map shows that grouping. Flores and Corvo are on the North Atlantic plate and were referred to in the past as the "Western Isles".
#Azores is one of the "16 Best Places to Travel in 2016" according to Islands Magazine | 3/12/2016 Reasons to visit: A 450-mile network of hiking trails recently debuted on the island of Santa Maria, where the soon-to-open Charming Blue will offer 15 residential-style rooms. On Sao Miguel, the striking volcanic stone and concrete Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre just bowed, as did Design Hotels’ 55-room Furnas Boutique Hotel, featuring a spring-fed thermal spa. #Portugal