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R. do Mercado, 9500-326 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Because of its unique climate and volcanic soil, markets in the Azores feature exotic produce not found anywhere else in Portugal. Annonas (similar to pawpaw or custard apples), araçal (somewhat like guava), yam, peppers and the ever-present sweet...
R. Machado dos Santos 73, 9500-083 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
The inspiration for Paulo do Vale's Azorean black gold jewelry came from the artisan's son, who suggested do Vale make a piece of jewelry from basalt found on the beach. The volcanic rock is hand-crafted with gold, silver and even diamonds, turned...
9675 Furnas, Portugal
Terra Nostra Park, located in the center of Furnas Valley, is one of the largest (12.5 hectares) and oldest gardens in the Azores. This natural wonder features an impressive variety of flora, including a collection of 600 different camellias....
R. das Caldeiras 36, 9675-045 Furnas, Portugal
The official dish of the Azores is cozido das furnas, a Portuguese meat and vegetable concoction made by placing a pot in the ground to be heated by volcanic steam. The chef of Caldeiras e Vulcões leaves the pot untouched for six hours, allowing...
Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lagoon) is São Miguel’s scenic alpine landscape. It is a protected nature reserve, where a 10-kilometer hiking trail rewards visitors with gorgeous unspoiled scenery. Look north from the weather station atop the volcano’s rim...
Largo da Matriz 62, 9500-094 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Together with the Portas da Cidade (the arched gates to the city), St. Sebastian’s Mother Church is Ponta Delgada’s most iconic example of Azorean white walls with black basalt trim. Built in 1547 and refurbished through the years, it reflects the...
Lagoa das Sete Cidades, 9555, Portugal
This five-kilometer-wide, forest-covered, extinct volcanic cauldron hugs the green (Lagoa Verde) and blue (Lagoa Azul) lagoons and is visible from the Vista do Rei (King’s View) lookout. If the crater seems familiar, that's because it's the...
Praça Infante Dom Henrique, Horta, Ilha Do Faial, 9900-016 Horta, Portugal
This Art Deco spot, built in the early 20th century, has long been the preferred meeting place for travelers coming to Faial. If you're looking for a comfortable place for coffee and cake with views over the marina, this is it.
Horta Marina, 9900-016 Horta, Portugal
The waters of the Azores archipelago churn with sea life, so whale-watching trips can pretty much guarantee a sighting of these magnificent creatures. You're most likely to see beaked whales, pilot whales and sei whales, along with the native...
Rua Nova, nº 7, 9900-023 Horta, Portugal
Porto Pim is Horta’s second bay, formed when the lava from Monte da Guia volcano created a land bridge to Faial Island. The bay has a fine-sand beach, and is home to an 18th-century military fort and many excellent waterfront restaurants and bars....
Rua Dr. Melo e Simas 10, 9900-127 Horta, Portugal
This vantage point over Horta Bay is definitely the best place to shoot that postcard photo. From here you can easily spot the other three islands that make up the Central Azores group—Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa. It is also a place of worship...
Monte da Guia, 9900 Horta, Portugal
This ancient volcanic rock formation, dubbed the Caldeira do Inferno (Hell's Cauldron), has prime views over Horta and Porto Pim Bay. Its two craters filled with seawater to form a figure eight, which provided a safe haven for several endemic...
Praça Infante Dom Henrique, 9900, Portugal
If Horta is the center of sailing in the Azores, then the marina is its beating heart. Starting out as “sea graffiti,” passing sailors would paint or draw messages on the marina's gray concrete walls as a way of securing good luck on their...
Largo São Domingos 69, 4050-265 Porto, Portugal
It is a fairly recent place, opened in February 2013, located close to Ribeira, in Largo São Domingos. This restaurant aims to bring to Porto a little bit of each region of Portugal. Focusing on small scale producers and in working directly with...
EN5 2A, 9600 Ribeira Grande, Portugal
I am a lover of anything that screams well-made ceramic or pottery. Vieira Lagoa Ceramics in Sao Miguel, Azores was just the place for me to visit on my recent trip to the island. Family-owned since 1862, one can visit the studio and see the...
São Miguel Island, Portugal
Santa Bárbara beach, on the north coast of São Miguel Island, is known by the local surfers as one of the best spots to surf – mainly because of the waves and perfect surfing conditions. Also known as Areais, it is an excellent beach break with...
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