AN #EPICDRIVE WITH MAZDA IN THE AZORES

laura byrnes, lauras little locket, the azoreslaura byrnes, lauras little locket, the azoresEh, The Azores? Yes that’s exactly what I thought when I first heard about it! Where the hell/what the heck are ‘The Azores’? Well they are an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, a distant 1000 miles from Lisbon, Portugal.

I headed off to the Sao Miguel Island with Mazda for a couple of days for exploring the island of their #EpicDrive, and it truly was epic! The island is half the size of London!

The island had so much to offer, palm trees, yes. A beach, yes. Stunning lakes, yes. Mountains, yes. Volcano’s yes. And literally so much more! The island was created some four million years ago from volcanic eruptions!

We headed off for our adventure in the Mazda 2.

Let me tell you a bit about the Mazda 2…..

A small nippy car, excuse my description of the car – I don’t know the correct terminology, so this is more like a review of the Mazda 2 for dummies! It was so easy to drive, such a smooth drive and pulled away quickly! Obviously not at sports car speed, but for what we needed it for, it was perfect! It had a built in Sat-Nav which was super helpful to navigate us around the island. It also had a really cool (easy to use) media system on the screen! I sit very close to the wheel and upright, there was plenty of adjustments that I could make to get the seat perfectly comfortable!

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The air-con was super effective and cooled down the car so quickly! It also had a really nifty feature, it would tell you which gear you needed to be in. My current car has a little arrow that pops up to tell you to change up or down, but the Mazda told you which exact gear to be in! For a small car, it was really spacious too! I love the look of the car, it’s stylish, sophisticated and has a sporty feel to it! For more detailed info, you can read all about the car here.

Mazda very kindly let us drive the white car… I knew it would look good in photos 😉

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The drive…

Every corner we turned, it felt like we were on a different island. As I mentioned above the range of scenery was just incredible! Some parts were like a very pretty country side, others were small cute little towns, others were very green and picture perfect, others were more mountainous and ‘jungle’ like, it was such an interesting fun drive!

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We also stopped at an abandoned hotel, it was only open for a year in 1989-1990, so it had been closed down for over 25 years! It literally felt like something out of a horror/zombie film! A very strange contrast because the hotel was dingy and creepy, but they views from the hotel were spectacular!

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My favourite stop was just south of Nordeste, you walked through an exotic garden of mysterious flowers, there was an area with so many cats (that’s probably why I loved it so much) and then this incredible view of the coast line mixed in with lush greenery and flowers!

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The island was filled with hydrangeas, they were all along the roadsides, which made such a pretty drive! I had to stop and get a snap! We also got stopped behind a few herds of cows which was funny! They just roam around in the roads!

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I vlogged the whole trip so you can watch that below too!

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