Madeira’s Sister Island of Porto Santo

Porto Santo is a small island discovered by Portuguese navigators in 1418. It was the first of many islands to be discovered by Portugal’s maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries.  The island is located 29 miles northeast of Madeira Island, the larger of the...
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February means Carnival in Sao Miguel Azores

Festivals 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 spring....
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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 with 22 treasure chests filled with diamonds, rubies, and pearls. This was a cargo estimated to be worth well over $1...
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The Magic of the Macaronesia 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 struck the region. The Azores, which comprise of nine islands, is located in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean; 1500km off the coast of Portugal. These breathtaking...
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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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The Winter Months in the Azores means Rain

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. These nine islands are located in the North Atlantic and still have a mild year-round climate since it is...
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Cão de Fila de São Miguel: The Azores Cattle Dog

The Cao de 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 dog’s history and its breed dates back to the 19th century...
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An Enchanting Prehistoric Forest in the Azores on Sao Miguel Island

The Azores are lush, green islands situated in a remote 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 caves that have resulted from ongoing volcanic...
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Bird Watching on the Azores Islands

Raising from the Atlantic ocean, 1500 km from mainland Europe are nine magical islands known as the Azores. The seas surrounding these beautiful islands are home to a fantastic variety of marine life, such as dolphins, whales, and sea turtles. At the same time, flocks of birds...
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