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The Marquess Jacome Correia Palace in the Azores

The Marquis Jacome Correia Palace is located in the center of Sao Miguel island’s capital in Ponta Delgada. The palace and elaborate surrounding gardens were built-in 1846 and completed in 1866 by the initiative of the wealthy aristocrat Jose Jacome Correia. The palace was...

Using Your Cell Phone in the Azores

When traveling to the Azores Islands from the USA, Canada, or Europe, there are many advantages to using your cell phone on the islands or purchasing a phone for 20-1000 Euros depending on your phone style. If you have an UNLOCKED cell phone, when you arrive in the Azores, you...

Car Rentals in The Azores on Sao Miguel Island

When traveling to the Azores islands, especially Sao Miguel and Terceira, the largest islands in the archipelago, it is best to have a car to get around the island and make the most of your adventure on these enchanting islands. The island of Sao Miguel might sound small but...
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Traditional Desserts from the Azores Islands

The Donas Amelia’s are a sweet pastry from Terceira island, adapted from a recipe that already existed, known as the “cake of the Indies,” which is also made with similar spices—introduced in 1901 when the Royal visit of Queen Amalia and King Carlos visited the...

The Best Hotels, Manor Homes and Bed & Breakfasts in Sao Miguel Azores

The Solar do Conde, known as the counts’ manor home is a beloved bed and breakfast amongst tourists for over a decade. This once private family manor home belonged to the old nobility on the island before the monarchy ended in 1910. Here the gardens are perfectly manicured,...
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Shopping in the Middle of the Atlantic Ocean

A quick 90-minute flight out of Lisbon is all the time it takes to get to Europe’s westernmost island destination. The Azores Islands, an autonomous archipelago of nine islands that belong to Portugal, are home to just over 240,000 residents. These nine islands have been...

Whales, Dolphins & Sea Turtles Thrive off Azores Coast

The nine Macaronesian islands that make up the Azores archipelago are located in the mid-Atlantic ocean, 1500km off Portugal’s coast. The maritime waters surrounding the Azores islands are currently home to one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries. More than 26...

Sao Miguel’s Secret Island of Vila Franca do Campo

The once-private island of the Gago Da Câmara family of Gorreana, this small little islet off the coast of Sao Miguel, is named after the town that overlooks this small island; Vila Franca. Vila Franca was the first capital of Sao Miguel island and therefore, one of the first...

The Breathtaking Terra Nostra Garden in Furnas

The Terra Nostra Garden is located in the middle of the small town of Furnas, in the county of Povoacao on the island of Sao Miguel. This is one of the most impressive gardens in the Azores and has a deep history that dates back to the late 1700s. With over 600 varieties of...

The Da Câmara family of Madeira and the Azores

Joao Gonçalves Zarco was a knight in Prince Henry the Navigator’s court, during the Portuguese “Age of Exploration” in the early 1400’s. Joao Zarco led the first fleet to discover uninhabited lands in Europe, fueling the exploration age that spread through...

Sao Miguel in the Azores is the ‘Green Island’

The exuberant landscapes that blanket this beautiful paradise, from mountain high cliffs to deep valleys of fertile vegetation, are breathtaking. The location of Sao Miguel is in the north Atlantic ocean, hundreds of miles away from industrial pollution. The gentle gulf stream...

The Sweet Secret to Pineapples in the Azores

On the Azores islands, located in the mid-Atlantic ocean, one of Europe’s only regions produces the exotic, aggregate fruit known as the pineapple. On the island of Sao Miguel, which in Portugal is referred to as Ilha Verde, ‘the green island’ is home to the...

Surfing on the Volcanic Island of Sao Miguel in the Azores

The nine islands located in the Mid-Atlantic ocean about 850 miles west of Portugal (Europe’s westernmost region) is the autonomous region known as the Azores. The Azores are one of Europe’s unspoiled and low-key surfing hot spots recently rediscovered as an ideal...
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Azores on Sao Miguel Island

The Azores islands are well-known for being an Eco-friendly tourist destination, emphasizing sustaining the Azores’ vision as a green destination. The Azores have never been influenced by mass tourism before in its 500+ year history and have always been a destination for...
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Ponta Delgada: An Amazing City to Explore on Sao Miguel Island

A modern and dynamic city, Ponta Delgada is the capital city of the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. Built facing the sea in the 15th century which is located on a beautiful bay between two points. The city is the most heavily populated municipality in the Azores with just...
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