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 Secret to Creating the Perfect Azores Style Garden

One thing you're sure to discover on your trip to the Azores is the abundance of flowers both native and endemic that blanket these picturesque islands landscape. Each of the 9 islands have their own unique beauty and are filled with a wide variety of unique plants, flowers and trees that make this a nature … Continue reading The Secret to Creating the Perfect Azores Style Garden

A UNESCO World Heritage City on the Island of Terceira

The stunning views and unique ecosystems that exist here on the wildly, unique island of Terceira are really something quite special. Here on the island there exists a delicate balance between the unique ecosystems that have existed here since its formation millions of years ago and the local population. The island has been populated for … Continue reading A UNESCO World Heritage City on the Island of Terceira

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 incompas 9 islands and a small group of islets, which are divided into 3 geographic and political groups. The region has always been an area that … Continue reading The Azores Economy

Why the Azores should become a Dark Sky Preserve

Night sky as seen from Sao Miguel Azores 2018 Light pollution is the presence of manmade, artificial light in the night environment. It has been intensified by excessive, misdirected uses of light which has been argued by scientists, that it alters natural earth cycle conditions. As a side-effect of urbanization, light pollution has been associated … Continue reading Why the Azores should become a Dark Sky Preserve

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 mid-Atlantic ridge where only a few … Continue reading Cloud Forest: The Magic of the Laurisilva Forests in the Azores

The Magical Crater Lakes and much more on Flores Island in the Azores

One of the best-kept secrets still to exist in the Azores are the magnificent crater lakes on the small island of Flores at the Northern-tip of the archipelago. Here on this small island paradise exists some of the most beautiful flora and pastoral scenes in all of the Azores. It is here that mother nature … Continue reading The Magical Crater Lakes and much more on Flores Island in the Azores

E.U Economic Boost for the Azores Islands

The Operational Program "Regional Azores 2014-2020" is a multi-fund Program with contributions from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Funds for the period 2014-2020, covering the outermost region of Azores. The total allocation of the Operational Program comes to EUR 1.4 billion with a financial contribution of EUR 1.1 billion from the European … Continue reading E.U Economic Boost for the Azores Islands

Happy Cows: Milk from the Azores Islands

Living in the rhythm of nature, the cows on the island of Sao Miguel live the life every cow dreams of. The fresh meadows, natural springs, and endless green pastures make it an ideal location to produce some of the best dairy in the country. The island of Sao Miguel is known as the green … Continue reading Happy Cows: Milk from the Azores Islands

Camellias are Thriving on the Portuguese Island of Sao Miguel

Portugal with its maritime contacts in the 17th century introduced this native plant from China and Japan to the region of the Azores, where today there exists over 600 varieties of camellias. The camellias that exists in the Azores have been there for hundreds of years, with many people thinking they are endemic to the … Continue reading Camellias are Thriving on the Portuguese Island of Sao Miguel

Blueberries: A Potential High Return Investment for the Azores Economy

The Azores islands, located in the mid-Atlantic ocean provide a unique, narrow climate that ranges from 15 degrees celsius to 25 degrees annually. The winter months in the Azores do not receive snow or frost, however it tends to rain more during this season which makes everything bloom colorfully in the spring. One of the … Continue reading Blueberries: A Potential High Return Investment for the Azores Economy

The Abundance of Hydrangeas on the Azores Islands

The Azores islands are 9 exotic islands, located in the mid-Atlantic ocean which have a delicate, narrow weather pattern. The islands are known for their unique flora and fauna which extends far past the endemic plants of the island. Introduced here in the 17th century, the hydrangea plant is by far the most recognized symbol … Continue reading The Abundance of Hydrangeas on the Azores Islands

Nature Reserve’s on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

Nature Reserve & Recreation Park of Viveiro do Nordeste This is a great garden lovers reserve with its proximity  to the historical centre of Nordeste with pleasant picnic areas and traditional wood ovens, make this park an attractive choice for many visitors. Right at the entrance of the Nature Reserve & Recreation Park you will … Continue reading Nature Reserve’s on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

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 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, along with 22 treasure chests filled with diamonds, rubies, and pearls. This was a cargo estimated to be worth well over $1 billion today. According to a report by Gizmodo, the ship measured 150 feet long and … Continue reading The Mystery of Pirate Treasures Lost in the Azores

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

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