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RedBull Cliff Diving Competition in the Azores

Established in 2009, The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is an annual event that takes place at various of the world’s top cliff diving locations, with the only area in Portugal to host this international event for the series is on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores,...

Melo-Abreu: Especial Beer from Azores

Brewed on the island of Sao Miguel at the Melo Abreu distillery in Ponta Delgada, comes the only commercial beer produced in the Azores. Although Portugal is known for its hot summer days and cold beers “Cerveja” in Portuguese, the Azores’ primary market is...

Wines Produced in the Azores

The magical Azores islands are a nature-filled paradise, with agriculture being the region’s primary economic sector for centuries. The production of top quality, natural products have been increasingly receiving more international attention since the mineral-rich volcanic...
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The White Sand Beaches of Santa Maria Island in the Azores

The island of Santa Maria was the first island in the Azores to be discovered and colonized and located in the archipelago’s southernmost region. Santa Maria has a lot of history that dates back to the initial ‘Age of Discovery’ in Europe. It is a critical...
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Sete Cidades: The Blue & Green Lakes in Sao Miguel

The name Sete Cidades is said to have originated from the seven craters on the island, which resulted from volcanic eruptions millions of years past and which gave way to the Verde, Azul, Rasa, Santiago, Caldeiras Secas, and Alferes lakes that now exist in the area. “Lagoon...

Passion Fruit: Maracujá From the Azores Islands

The Portuguese word for passion fruit is ‘Maracuja’. The passion fruit is by far one the most popular fruit produced on the Azores islands. Introduced to the 18th-century region and prized for its sweet tropical taste and unique flavoring in desserts and juices makes...

The Festival of Senhor Santo Cristo in Ponta Delgada

The Festival of Senhor Santo Cristo, also known in English as the Feast of the Holy Christ, is the largest celebration in the Azores islands. A religious celebration that takes place on the 5th Sunday after Easter on the island of Sao Miguel, with the large procession taking...

Romeiros of Sao Miguel: A Pilgrimage of Faith

The tradition of the march of the Romeiros dates back to the 16th century in the Azores and has been a tradition that has been followed by faithful followers every year for centuries on the island of Sao Miguel. It began when a massive earthquake took place in the 16th century,...

Golfing in the Middle of the Atlantic on Sao Miguel Island

The Azores islands are a golfer’s dream, where. On the island of Sao Miguel, there are two of Europe’s most beautiful golf courses. Located just a short 4-hour direct flight out of Boston or a 5-hour direct flight out of Toronto, the island of Sao Miguel is known as...

The Antonio Borges Botanical Garden in Sao Miguel Azores

António Borges da Câmara de Medeiros was born in June of 1812 and lived until March of 1879. A member of the aristocratic Da Câmara family of Madeira and a knight of the royal house, Antonio Borges came from one of Portugal’s most influential families. A politician and...

Cha Gorreana: Europe’s Tea from the Azores

In 1750 the initial trials of tea occurred on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, off the coast of Portugal. They were producing very little tea (10 kg of Black and 8 kg of Green Tea). In 1801, the Azores Governor-General sent to mainland Portugal two tea plant cases, noting...

Villa Franca Island and City in Sao Miguel

Vila Franca, on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, is the former capital of the island. From its initial discovery until the great earthquake of the 16th century, Villa Franca has played an essential role in Azorean history and culture. Considered one of the most...

Hot Springs and Waterfalls in Sao Miguel Azores

The Azores Islands have some of the most outstanding waterfalls and thermal hot springs in Western Europe. In remote locations throughout the island of Sao Miguel, in gardens and forests that resemble a scene out of Jurassic Park with rare Laurasilva trees are surrounded by...

Travelling between Islands in the Azores

The nine islands of the Azores are all very unique, filled with endless views of paradise. The islands are divided into three groups and vary in size and population significantly on all the islands. The largest and most populated island in the archipelago is Sao Miguel. From the...

The Jose do Canto Botanical Garden in Ponta Delgada

The Jose do Canto garden is a beautiful family-owned victorian style botanical garden located in the heart of the capital of Ponta Delgada. This 19th-century garden is right next to the Palace de Santa Ana, the residence of the President of the Azores. A garden started in the...

Running with the Bulls in the Azores

Terceira, Sao Miguel, and Graciosa islands are well-known for the bullfight by the rope (Touradas á Corda), which occurs every summer in the Azores. This special event is unique to the Azores and has been a tradition practiced since the 16th century. From May to October, there...

Flying to the Azores Islands from USA or Canada

There has always been a limited number of ways of traveling to the Azores if you were in Europe or North America unless you flew with one of the few airlines that had access to fly in the Azores skies before opening the airspace to other airlines in 2014. In North America, there...

Festival of The Knights of St. Peter in Sao Miguel

The festival of St. Peter’s knights or otherwise known as “Cavalhadas de Sao Pedro,” is one of the oldest festivals in the Azores and originates in the county of Ribeira Grande in the town of Ribeira Seca. Medieval tournaments inspired them with the region, most...

Azores Airlines Sata Car Rally in Sao Miguel

The Sata Rallye Açores, known originally as the “Volta à Ilha de São Miguel,” is an international rally racing event based on the Portuguese island of São Miguel Island in the Azores. The Rally now takes the name of Azores Airlines Sata Rally, with Azores...

Travelling to the Azores Checklist

Suppose you are planning a trip to the Azores islands, first of all, congratulations! These nine islands located in the Mid-Atlantic are a nature lovers paradise. With so much to do and see on these magical islands, it is essential to make the most of your trip with a basic...
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