A World Apart - Azores, Portugal - By Andrew McCarthy, Islands Magazine March 2010 | Close yet distant. Accessible but isolated. The Azores may brim with beauty, but they remain... | I’m on the rim of a Volcano—fifteen hundred feet below, inside the caldera, two lakes shimmer beside a whitewashed village. This is Sete Cidades, the most popular postcard shot in the Azores. Yet I take in the vista alone - a solitary hawk circles overhead.