The Top 10 Spots to Visit on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

If a holiday on one of the world's most eco friendly destinations is something you have on your bucket list well then a trip to the Azores is definitely something you must experience. A 90 minute flight from Lisbon or a 5 hour direct flight out of Toronto or Boston through the islands carrier Azores … Continue reading The Top 10 Spots to Visit on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

The Secret to Creating the Perfect Azores Style Garden

One thing you're sure to discover on your trip to the Azores is the abundance of flowers both native and endemic that blanket these picturesque islands landscape. Each of the 9 islands have their own unique beauty and are filled with a wide variety of unique plants, flowers and trees that make this a nature … Continue reading The Secret to Creating the Perfect Azores Style Garden

A UNESCO World Heritage City on the Island of Terceira

The stunning views and unique ecosystems that exist here on the wildly, unique island of Terceira are really something quite special. Here on the island there exists a delicate balance between the unique ecosystems that have existed here since its formation millions of years ago and the local population. The island has been populated for … Continue reading A UNESCO World Heritage City on the Island of Terceira

The Celebration of Easter on the Azores Islands

The celebration of Easter on the Azores islands is filled with an an array of religious celebrations and unique gastronomic traditions that make this one of the brightest times of the Azorean calendar, and one of the funnest too. It is after the rainy season that blankets the winter months here in the Azores that … Continue reading The Celebration of Easter on the Azores Islands

The Azores Economy

The Azores archipelago is an autonomous region of Portugal, located in the North Atlantic ocean, 1 500 km off the coast of mainland Europe (distance from Lisbon). The Azores incompas 9 islands and a small group of islets, which are divided into 3 geographic and political groups. The region has always been an area that … Continue reading The Azores Economy

Portugal’s Best Kept Secret: Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

Discovered in the 15th century by Portuguese navigator Gonçalo Velho Cabral, the Azores islands are an autonomous region of Portugal which are located in the Mid-Atlantic about 1500 km off Portugal's coast. Nine islands in total and all relatively very small in size, here on the largest island in the archipelago Sao Miguel, you can … Continue reading Portugal’s Best Kept Secret: Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

Why the Azores should become a Dark Sky Preserve

Night sky as seen from Sao Miguel Azores 2018 Light pollution is the presence of manmade, artificial light in the night environment. It has been intensified by excessive, misdirected uses of light which has been argued by scientists, that it alters natural earth cycle conditions. As a side-effect of urbanization, light pollution has been associated … Continue reading Why the Azores should become a Dark Sky Preserve

Azores plans to build Spaceport on Santa Maria island

One of the islands in the Azores archipelago, Santa Maria, may soon become a base for launching small satellites, unique in Europe (the spaceport will deal with launching only small satellites, unlike the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana). Currently, companies from eight countries are competing for the right to use the port. Fourteen enterprises from … Continue reading Azores plans to build Spaceport on Santa Maria island

Cloud Forest: The Magic of the Laurisilva Forests in the Azores

Trees, which are an essential component to the lifeblood and survival of our fragile ecosystem here on Earth have always had a dominating effect here on the Azores islands, with the landscape covered with dense forests and green pastures as far as the eye can see. Here in the mid-Atlantic ridge where only a few … Continue reading Cloud Forest: The Magic of the Laurisilva Forests in the Azores

Jose de Melo Tavares and D.Lili of Sao Bras, Azores

Luisa Cristina Da Câmara Falcão Correia Da Silva was born on December 9, 1915 on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. The third daughter of Luisa Borges Do Canto Da Câmara Falcão and Dr. João Correia Da Silva Jr. Luisa was born during a time when her father was a Supreme court judge … Continue reading Jose de Melo Tavares and D.Lili of Sao Bras, Azores

Azores First Families: Laureano Francisco da Câmara Falcão

The 2nd child and first-born son of Manuel José Pinto da Câmara Coutinho and Bernarda Miquelina do Canto Côrte-Real. Laureano was born on September 17, 1804 at "Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Assunção", in Vila Do Porto, Santa Maria, Azores Portugal. He was named after his paternal grandfather who was born at the same family … Continue reading Azores First Families: Laureano Francisco da Câmara Falcão

The magical crater lakes and much more on Flores Island in the Azores

One of the best-kept secrets still to exist in the Azores are the magnificent crater lakes on the small island of Flores at the Northern-tip of the archipelago. Here on this small island paradise exists some of the most beautiful flora and pastoral scenes in all of the Azores. It is here that mother nature … Continue reading The magical crater lakes and much more on Flores Island in the Azores

E.U Economic Boost for the Azores Islands

The Operational Program "Regional Azores 2014-2020" is a multi-fund Program with contributions from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Funds for the period 2014-2020, covering the outermost region of Azores. The total allocation of the Operational Program comes to EUR 1.4 billion with a financial contribution of EUR 1.1 billion from the European … Continue reading E.U Economic Boost for the Azores Islands

Happy Cows: Milk from the Azores Islands

Living in the rhythm of nature, the cows on the island of Sao Miguel live the life every cow dreams of. The fresh meadows, natural springs, and endless green pastures make it an ideal location to produce some of the best dairy in the country. The island of Sao Miguel is known as the green … Continue reading Happy Cows: Milk from the Azores Islands

Camellias are Thriving on the Portuguese Island of Sao Miguel

Portugal with its maritime contacts in the 17th century introduced this native plant from China and Japan to the region of the Azores, where today there exists over 600 varieties of camellias. The camellias that exists in the Azores have been there for hundreds of years, with many people thinking they are endemic to the … Continue reading Camellias are Thriving on the Portuguese Island of Sao Miguel

Blueberries: A Potential High Return Investment for the Azores Economy

The Azores islands, located in the mid-Atlantic ocean provide a unique, narrow climate that ranges from 15 degrees celsius to 25 degrees annually. The winter months in the Azores do not receive snow or frost, however it tends to rain more during this season which makes everything bloom colorfully in the spring. One of the … Continue reading Blueberries: A Potential High Return Investment for the Azores Economy

The Abundance of Hydrangeas on the Azores Islands

The Azores islands are 9 exotic islands, located in the mid-Atlantic ocean which have a delicate, narrow weather pattern. The islands are known for their unique flora and fauna which extends far past the endemic plants of the island. Introduced here in the 17th century, the hydrangea plant is by far the most recognized symbol … Continue reading The Abundance of Hydrangeas on the Azores Islands

Banking in the Azores for American & Canadian Cardholders

One of the first things people wonder when travelling to the Azores islands is whether they will be able to use their bank card from the United States or Canada. The answer is yes! The Azores have modernized over the last decade and is not the small group of islands that only emigrants visit on … Continue reading Banking in the Azores for American & Canadian Cardholders

Nature Reserve’s on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

Nature Reserve & Recreation Park of Viveiro do Nordeste This is a great garden lovers reserve with its proximity  to the historical centre of Nordeste with pleasant picnic areas and traditional wood ovens, make this park an attractive choice for many visitors. Right at the entrance of the Nature Reserve & Recreation Park you will … Continue reading Nature Reserve’s on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

What to See and Do in Furnas on Sao Miguel Island

Furnas, a small volcanic town on the island of Sao Miguel is by far one of the most unusual and beautiful spots in all of the Azores. This is an ideal location to visit and indulge in the vast amount of  unique flora and fauna that represent the Azorean region. The various gardens, hot springs, … Continue reading What to See and Do in Furnas on Sao Miguel Island