The Azores - 9 Enchanted islands, Portugal
Collected by Miguel Carvalho
The Azores are nine different islands of adventure. You can see dolphins and whales frolicking in the sea or volcanic landscapes covered in green. Then there are the stunning, lilac-colored hydrangeas that provide hedges for the meadows; the blue and green lakes; the craters of extinct volcanoes and the steam rising from the land. The volcanic activity here means that you can even have your meal cooked under the ground!
S.Roque do Pico, Portugal
White verdelho grapes thrive in the rich soil and hot, dry microclimate beneath Mount Pico, Portugal’s highest peak. Until the mid-19th century, Pico wine was beloved by the English royal family and Russian czars, but today you’ll rarely find it...
9880 Almas, Portugal
Stay in one of the historic properties that have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts on the islands. Options include Moinho de Pedra (shown), a stone windmill on Graciosa Island, and Pico do Refúgio, a 400-year-old mansion in the shadow of...
Rua Padre José Jacinto Botelho, 5, 9675-061 Furnas, S. Miguel - Açores, Portugal
The Thermal Water Pool of Terra Nostra Park is without doubt a highlight of the Azores. Built in 1780, by Thomas Hickling, the American consul who had the original idea for Terra Nostra Park, the Thermal Water Pool began to form part of the...
Corvo Island, 9980, Portugal
Small and remote, Corvo Island is the tip of an enormous marine volcano known as Monte Gordo. Its main attraction is Lagoa do Caldeirão, on the bottom of the crater where you can observe nine islets, one for each of the Azores Islands. It was here...
Cais da Madalena, 9950-305 Madalena, Portugal
The adrenaline sure beats the fear and makes this experience unforgettable! The experts agree that the Azores is the best place in the world to dive with sharks, which supports its’ label of “adventure destination” and they don’t lie. If you’re...
Canada Nova 34 - 36 Rochela, Praia, 9880-241 São Mateus, Portugal
‘Queijadas da Graciosa’ are a typical sweet from Graciosa but they are also famous outside the Azores. Star-shaped, they were typical in every gathering on the island, becoming a tradition in Graciosa’s families. Nowadays they are baked by the...
9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Nuns of the old Convent of Santo André, in São Miguel Island, created a recipe that became one of the most wanted typical sweets from the Azores. Since the 16th century, when the Convent was built, this recipe has been enjoyed by many generations...
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
In the Azores, the weather and the esplanades with amazing sights to the volcanic islands ask for a cold beer. And like the saying: ‘in the Azores, be Azoren’ and ask for an Especial – the traditional beer from the islands. Especial, a Pilsener...
Terceira Island, Portugal
While Pamplona gets the world’s attention for a running of the bulls, there are corners of the world where the afición for the contest between human and beast lives on all summer. On Terceira, in the Azores, Portugal, 230+ traditional bullfights...
R. José Azevedo 9, 9900-027 Horta, Portugal
“If you sail to Horta and you don't visit Peter, you have not actually been to Horta” Entering Peter Café Sport is like traveling without leave the same place: the walls are full of yacht flags and ensigns that make you want to depart on the next...
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...
Rua do Berquó, 12, Conceição, 9600-542 Ribeira Grande, Portugal
"Mulher do Capote" is a well-known liqueur Azorean factory which produces different flavors. Along with the famous passion fruit liqueur, consider one of the Azorean delicacies, they also produce ginja (cherry liqueur), pineapple, blackberry and...
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...
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...
Plantações de Chá Gorreana, 9625-304 Maia, Portugal
Gorreana Tea is the only tea plantation in Europe and is exported worldwide, famous for its distinctive flavour. You can walk through the plantations and take a wander though the factory, they have several of the old machines on display and you...
The islands of Faial and Pico are great for hiking. In Faial, the area is a natural park, and there is a hiking trail to the rim of the dormant volcano. Meanwhile, Pico (“Peak”) is the highest point in all of Portugal, built on volcanic explosions...
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