Basketball Size Hydrangeas on The ‘Blue Island’ in the Azores

The island of Faial is located in the central group of the Azores archipelago, and is part of the "triangle islands", together with São Jorge and the neighbouring Island of Pico which is separated by the Faial Channel; a narrow sea inlet which is about 8 km wide. The Island covers an area of about 172km2, … Continue reading Basketball Size Hydrangeas on The ‘Blue Island’ in the Azores

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

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

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

Travel From Germany, Austria or Switzerland to the Azores Islands

Air Berlin, one of Germanys 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 flight. There will be 1 nonstop flight per week … Continue reading Travel From Germany, Austria or Switzerland to the Azores Islands

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 spring, however this winter event … Continue reading February means Carnival in Sao Miguel Azores

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 century. One of the privileges of growing up … Continue reading The Magic of the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel

Europe’s Warmest Winters: The Weather on the Azores Islands

The Portugese 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 to the fact that it is effected by … Continue reading Europe’s Warmest Winters: The Weather on the Azores Islands

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 volcanic activity, these islands hold many special elements of a delicate Eco-system.The … Continue reading An Enchanting Prehistoric Forest in the Azores: Sao Miguel Island

Bird Watching on the Azores Islands

Raising from the Atlantic ocean, 1500 km from mainland Europe are a group of 9 magical islands known as the Azores. The seas surrounding these beautiful islands are home to an amazing variety of marine life, such as dolphins, whales and sea turtles while flocks of birds adorn the coastlines and enchanting forests of these … Continue reading Bird Watching on the Azores Islands

Faial Island in the Azores: A Yachtsman’s Paradise

What can be more beautiful than a peaceful sea breeze, pastoral green mountains and an island covered with baby blue hydrangeas.The small island of Faial; which is known as the 'blue island', overlooks the beautiful mountainous island of Pico; which is the highest point in all of Portugal. On this small island with a population … Continue reading Faial Island in the Azores: A Yachtsman’s Paradise

A Mulher de Capote: Flavors of the Azores in a Bottle

If someone told you that you could encompass all the flavors of the beautiful Azores islands and capture them in a bottle of sweet liquor what could you say? Here on the island of Sao Miguel for over 75 years the Mulher de Capote company has been producing some of the finest regional flavored liquors … Continue reading A Mulher de Capote: Flavors of the Azores in a Bottle

The Pottery Factory in Sao Miguel Azores: Ceramica Vieira

When exploring the island of Sao Miguel, you cant help but notice the beautiful signs located on buildings, churches and street corners made of white and blue mosaic tiles. For over 150 years there has been a small company that has been producing these signs and a wide variety of pottery and dinnerware all locally … Continue reading The Pottery Factory in Sao Miguel Azores: Ceramica Vieira

Summertime Island Hopping on The Azores Islands

If you're looking for your next bucket list destination for summer then look no further then to the 9 Atlantic islands located 90 minutes from Lisbon known as the Azores islands. The summer here ranges from mid June until about Mid September and is on average between 20 to 30 degrees celsius give or take … Continue reading Summertime Island Hopping on The Azores Islands

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 main market in the Azores is dominated by local brews Especial by Melo Abreu and … Continue reading Melo-Abreu: Especial Beer from Azores

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 the most influential families in Portugal. A politician and former Governor of the islands, … Continue reading The Antonio Borges Botanical Garden in Sao Miguel Azores

Hot Springs and Waterfalls in Sao Miguel Azores

The Azores Islands have some of the most outstanding waterfalls and thermal hot springs in all of 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 exotic flowers. I have chosen to focus on … Continue reading Hot Springs and Waterfalls in Sao Miguel Azores

Shopping in the Azores on Sao Miguel Island

While the Azores islands are known for their natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes there is another side to these islands as well, which is that it has great shopping. Local fashions, handmade natural gifts and a wide variety of gourmet foods are only some of the unique items to find here in the Atlantic. The … Continue reading Shopping in the Azores on Sao Miguel Island

The Sweet Secret to Pineapples in the Azores

On the Azores islands; located in the mid-Atlantic ocean, exists one of Europe's only regions to produce 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 continents only pineapple plantations. It is common to … Continue reading The Sweet Secret to Pineapples in the Azores

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 that has recently been rediscovered as an ideal surfing spot due to the ideal currant and beaches. It … Continue reading Surfing on the Volcanic Island of Sao Miguel in the Azores