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Madeira’s Sister Island of Porto Santo

Porto Santo is a small island that was discovered by Portuguese navigators in 1418 and it was the first of many islands to be discovered by the maritime power of Portugal during the 15th and 16th centuries.  The island is located 29 miles northeast of Madeira Island; the larger...
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Travel From Germany, Austria or Switzerland to the Azores Islands

Air Berlin, one of Germany’s most popular carriers has been flying to the Azores for a few years now and has begun service to another island in the region. The existing weekly summer service to the archipelago’s capital, Ponta Delgada, will be expanded by an additional...
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February means Carnival in Sao Miguel Azores

Festivals here on the island of Sao Miguel are seldom a solemn event and are filled with good food, great music, and lots of live entertainment. The month of February on the island is no exception. Generally, the main festivals end in October and do not begin again until the...
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The Mystery of Pirate Treasures Lost in the Azores

In 1594, Portugal’s 1,200-ton ship “Las Cinque Chagas” sailed for Lisbon, Portugal, from Goa, India, with a cargo of 3,500,000 Portuguese cruzados, along with 22 treasure chests filled with diamonds, rubies, and pearls. This was a cargo estimated to be worth well over...
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The Magic of the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel

Most people only recently began hearing about the Azores islands and that is because of the recent tourism boom that has hit the region. The Azores, which composes of 9 islands in the North-Atlantic off the coast of Portugal which was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th...
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The Captivating Lakes on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

The island of Sao Miguel, although volcanic in origin has many craters that have formed into lagoons and freshwater lakes that adorn this magical island in the Atlantic. The many lakes on the island of Sao Miguel all have a unique charm and vary in landscape and flora. They all...
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Europe’s Warmest Winters: The Weather on the Azores Islands

The Portuguese Azores islands are located 1500 km from the European continent with an erratic but comfortable weather pattern that blankets these 9 Portuguese islands. The fact that these 9 islands are located in the North Atlantic and still have a mild year-round climate is due...
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Cão Fila de São Miguel: The Azores Cattle Dog

The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel or otherwise known as the Saint Michael’s cattle dog or the Azores cattle dog is considered a rare breed of dog that originates from the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. The history of the dog and its breed dates back to the 19th century and...
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An Enchanting Prehistoric Forest in the Azores: Sao Miguel Island

The Azores are lush, green islands situated in an isolated spot of the Atlantic Ocean, where temperatures are mild and change little from season to season. Renowned for their thermal springs, crater lakes, exotic vegetation, and unique grottoes that have resulted from ongoing...
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