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The Dirty Secret of The Azores Tourisim Industry

The recent tourism boom in the Azores; a Portuguese archipelago in the mid-Atlantic has seen the once-thriving agriculture sector fall into decline, as more service-based jobs takeover this small island archipelago. Historically a new topic of discussion in the Azores, is the...
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Handmade and Gourmet Products from the Azores

Certon Kisters lives on the island of Flores in the Azores. Since 2004 he has been working with different Azorean wood varieties, where he combines, with extraordinary detail, a compilation of miniature paintings with Azorean themes. These are beautiful time-consuming pieces that...
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Super-Fruits Grown on the Azores Islands

Did you know that Guavas have a unique nutritional profile? Eating just one ounce (28 grams) of guava will give you 107% of the RDI of vitamin C. Guavas are also rich in fiber, folate, vitamin A, potassium, and copper manganese. The antioxidants in guavas have been shown to...
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Corvo ‘The Black Island’ is Portugal’s Most Isolated Region

Corvo Island, which translates to the land of the crow, is the northernmost region in the Azores archipelago. This small island of 7km long by 4km wide is the most isolated region in Portugal. Corvo has a population of just under 500 residents. People who are from Corvo like to...
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Sunshine Island: The Yellow Island of Santa Maria

Santa Maria is the southernmost island in the Azores archipelago. Known as the “Yellow Island,” Santa Maria is an island recognized for its abundance of sunshine, hence the nickname. This was the first island in the Azores to be discovered and colonized by Portugal in...
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Europe’s Coffee Growing Island in the Azores

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a short four-hour flight from Boston is the location of nine volcanic islands known as the Azores. Enchanting green lush pastures, giant volcanic craters now picturesque lakes, steaming natural hot springs that exhale out from the earth, blue...
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The Macaronesia Islands of the Atlantic

The Macaronesia islands are a collection of four archipelagos in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Europe and Africa. Each archipelago is made up of several Atlantic oceanic islands formed by seamounts on the ocean floor with summits above the ocean’s surface. The...
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The Last Shah of Iran in the Azores

The Shah and his wife, the Shabanu, fled Iran on January 17, 1979, after protests erupted on Tehran’s streets, where the demand for abolishing the monarchy was commanded. Subsequently, the Iranian republic was declared. There were rumors for years of the Shah’s abuses...
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The Various Types of Windmills in the Azores

Like so many aspects of the Azores Islands, although they are similar in numerous ways, there are apparent differences between them. One is the varying types of windmills that exist on the nine islands in the archipelago. It is fascinating to take a closer look at the variations...

How to Grow Azores Blue and Pink Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas can be a beautiful source of elegant flowers that can bloom for a long time if placed in the right spot. They require adequate sunlight and watering to bloom appropriately and can be grown in various climates, from temperate to tropical. In warmer southern areas, a...

The Best Books on The Azores From Discovery to 2019

Are you looking for books written by Azorean authors or perhaps about the fascinating history, life, and culture of the Azores region and its people? Then you have come to the right place! I found out that a lot of information I was interested in finding out about the Azores was...
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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 neighboring Island of Pico which is separated by the Faial Channel; a narrow sea inlet which is about 8 km wide. The...
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The Azores Economy

The Azores archipelago is an autonomous region of Portugal, located in the North Atlantic ocean, 1 500 km off the coast of mainland Europe (distance from Lisbon). The Azores encompass nine islands and a small group of islets divided into three geographic and political groups. The...
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Portugal’s Best Kept Secret: Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

These nine islands have always had a unique sense of identity, culture, and history. Although they are a part of Portugal, they have a lot of self-autonomy, which allows them to forge their own fate on political and social issues. During the carnation revolution of 1974 on the...

Cloud Forest: The Magic of the Laurisilva Forests in the Azores

Trees, which are an essential component to the lifeblood and survival of our fragile ecosystem here on Earth have always had a dominating effect here on the Azores islands, with the landscape covered with dense forests and green pastures as far as the eye can see. Here in the...