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2/10 The Azores, Portugal

The Azores archipelago is visited by over a third of all whale and dolphin species throughout the year, and has become a mecca for whale-watchers. Thankfully, whale-watching is carefully managed through guidelines enshrined in Azorean law. Head there in spring to see migrating baleen whales such as blue whales, fin whales and sei whales, while summer is the best time to see Atlantic spotted dolphins, pilot whales and striped dolphins. Local operator Futurismo runs daily trips led by qualified biologists and nature guides, £42 for a three-hour tour.

Find out more about whale and dolphin watching trips with Futurismo.

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