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Azores 2016

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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...
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A Tasca is a traditional Portuguese bistro, where the menu features petiscos (the Portuguese version of tapas) with a modern twist, using only local produce from São Miguel. Excellent choices include breaded octopus rings with a sweet-and-sour...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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Largo da Matriz, 9500-017 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...
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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...
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Built on the site of the former Jesuit College, this imposing parish church has a beautiful Baroque facade looking towards the sea, and a fabulous interior with gilt carved-wood altarpieces, 17th-century tile panels and a silver altar. It also...
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This is Horta’s best option for ice cream, with all flavors made on-site with local ingredients. Pineapple and passion fruit are among the classics, but there is a different flavor every day. Portions are large, making it easy to share with...
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Despite its relatively small size, Horta Market, located in a Portuguese colonial building surrounded by trees, is still the best place for the freshest produce from Faial and across the Azores. Teas, pineapple and guava, as well as plentiful...
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This regional shop features top-quality edibles from across the islands, including São Jorge's world-famous cheese and wine from Pico Island, as well as jams, pastries and charcuteries made by private producers.
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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.
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Every weekday Mr. Ferreira parks his Amarelinha food truck at the Horta harbor to serve locals and visitors the Portuguese answer to fast food: steak on a bun or grilled fish and seafood sandwiches to be washed down with a sip of Azores wine.
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At this DIY restaurant you grill your own food on hot lava stones at the table. Choose from a range of fresh-caught local fish and shellfish, including tuna, swordfish, squid, shrimp and Portuguese oysters.
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Mr. Genuíno sailed solo around the globe twice before lending his name to the restaurant that serves the best fresh fish in Horta. Items on the menu originate only from local waters, so asking for the catch of the day will always be the best...
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Any visit to a volcanic island wouldn’t be complete without touring the dormant craters. The Capelinhos volcano is only 50 years old, so you can see how a volcanic landscape is formed through time. The interpretation center was built underground,...
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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...
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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....
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Faial, 9900, 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...
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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...
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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...
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Largo São Domingos 69, 4050-018 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...
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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...
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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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Canada do Martelo 24, Cantinho- São Francisco das Almas - S. Mateus, 9700-576 Angra do Heroísmo Terceira - Azores, Portugal
Quinta do Martelo is a working farm on Terceira, one of the nine Azorean islands of Portugal, that offers lodging in rustic stone cottages and a real look at what farm life on the island was like five hundred years ago. There is a wonderfully cozy...
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R. Conselheiro José Cardoso 11, 9760 Vila da Praia da Vitória, Portugal
On your next flight to the other side of the pond, stop by Azores for a few slow, delicious days. Occasionally overlooked by travelers headed to Europe, this charming archipelago is the destination for time travel. Visit its colorful palaces and...
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9700 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal
Angra do Heroismo (Angra for short) is the capital of the Azorean island of Terceira and also the historical capital of the Azores as it is the archipelago's oldest city, dating back to 1450. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983...
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Algar do Carvão, 9700, Portugal
The Algar do Carvão is an ancient lava vent, or tube, in the centre of Terceira Island in the Azores. Reputed to be the only place in the world where you can enter the cone of an extinct volcano, the lava tube descends about 100m into the volcano...
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Sete Cidades, 9555 Ginetes, Portugal
"They say" that the 2 lagoons that make up the Lagoa das Sete Cidades used to be different colours... one blue and one green, but in recent times they have blended together and you can not longer see a colour difference. Regardless, these lagoons...
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Surprisingly, this is the literal translation for the name of one of the newest restaurants in Ponta Delgada. It opened in the summer of 2012, and the recipe for its success is quite simple: mix São Miguel and Terceira cuisine and season it with a...