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

Azores First Families: Laureano Francisco da Câmara Falcão

The 2nd child and first-born son of Manuel José Pinto da Câmara Coutinho and Bernarda Miquelina do Canto Côrte-Real. Laureano was born on September 17, 1804 at "Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Assunção", in Vila Do Porto, Santa Maria, Azores Portugal. He was named after his paternal grandfather who was born at the same family … Continue reading Azores First Families: Laureano Francisco da Câmara Falcão

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

Angra do Heroismo: The Crown Jewel of Portugal

The island of Terceira is one of the most beautiful islands in the Atlantic ocean, and has played an important role in the history of the new world ever since its discovery in the early 15th century. It is here that they say the old world meets the new world! Terceira is the 3rd largest … Continue reading Angra do Heroismo: The Crown Jewel of Portugal

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

Europe’s Only Green Tea Grown on the Azores Islands

One of the unique things about the Azores islands is that they are the only region in the entire Euro-zone to grow tea commercially and have been doing so since the 19th century. The island of Sao Miguel is very special and unique for its ability to be able to produce tea which normally only … Continue reading Europe’s Only Green Tea Grown on the Azores Islands

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

Guide to Fruits, Flowers and Trees Grown in the Azores

Welcome to Paradise! Located a short two-hour flight from mainland Europe these 9 islands are one of the most beautiful island destinations on the planet. Their old world charm, and natural beauty add to the unique character that each one of these islands have. The Azores are famous for their hydrangea lined roads, abundance of … Continue reading Guide to Fruits, Flowers and Trees Grown in the Azores

Portuguese Coffee & Tea Grown on the Azores Islands

One interesting fact I discovered is that the Azores islands are one of the 2 regions that grow coffee and the only commercial producer of single estate teas in the Euro-Zone. I decided to explore deeper into how and why these small islands in the Atlantic ocean decided to experiment and produce both coffee and … Continue reading Portuguese Coffee & Tea Grown 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