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

Cha Gorreana: Europe’s Tea from the Azores

Tea Fields at Cha Gorreana Estate - Sao Miguel - Azores - Portugal In 1750 the initial trials of tea occurred on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores; off the coast of Portugal. Producing very little tea (10 kg of Black and 8 kg of Green Tea). In 1801 the Governor-General of the … Continue reading Cha Gorreana: Europe’s Tea from the 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

Azores Airlines Sata Car Rally in Sao Miguel

The Sata Rallye Açores, known originally as the "Volta à Ilha de São Miguel" is an international rally racing event based on the Portuguese island of São Miguel Island in the Azores. The Rally now takes the name of Azores Airlines Sata Rally, with Azores Airlines(formerly SATA) being the main sponsor and funder of this … Continue reading Azores Airlines Sata Car Rally in Sao Miguel

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

The Medieval Festival in Ribeira Grande on Sao Miguel Island

The Azores are known for their countless celebrations and "Festas" which takes place at various times throughout the year on each of the 9 Portuguese islands. On the island of Sao Miguel; which has always been recognized as the agricultural capital of the Azores, in the county of Ribeira Grande here, they take the meaning … Continue reading The Medieval Festival in Ribeira Grande on Sao Miguel Island