The Best Beaches on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

The largest island in the Azores archipelago; Sao Miguel is home to 140,000 residents and is approximately 1500 km from mainland Europe. Here on this nature lovers paradise you have the option of exploring a wide variety of picturesque landscapes and unique lava stone beaches that grace this islands rugged Atlantic coastline. The Azores although … Continue reading The Best Beaches on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

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

A Locals Guide to the Best Food in Sao Miguel Azores

Seafood on the island of Sao Miguel is by far the most popular cuisine with both locals and tourists, due to the outstanding variety and freshness, often caught fresh daily. Alot of local fisherman go out daily and sell there catches directly to the local restaurants and fish markets upon there return to land. The Azorean … Continue reading A Locals Guide to the Best Food in Sao Miguel Azores

RedBull Cliff Diving Competition in the Azores

Established in 2009, The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is an annual event that takes place at various of the world's top cliff diving locations, with the only location in Portugal to host this international event for the series is on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, most notably the region of … Continue reading RedBull Cliff Diving Competition in the Azores

The White Sand Beaches of Santa Maria Island in the Azores

The island of Santa Maria was the first island in the Azores to be discovered and colonized and is located in the southern most region of the archipelago. Santa Maria has a lot of history that dates back to the initial Age of Discovery in Europe, being an important strategic island in the north Atlantic … Continue reading The White Sand Beaches of Santa Maria Island in the Azores

Passion Fruit: Maracujá From the Azores Islands

The Portuguese word for Passion fruit is Maracuja. The Passion Fruit is by far one the most popular fruit produced on the Azores islands. Introduced to the region in the 18th century and prized for its sweet tropical taste and unique flavoring in desserts and juices makes this unique fruit produced in the Azores one … Continue reading Passion Fruit: Maracujá From the Azores Islands

The Festival of Senhor Santo Cristo in Ponta Delgada

The Festival of Senhor Santo Cristo also known in English as the Feast of the Holy Christ is the largest celebration in the Azores islands. A religious celebration that takes place on the 5th Sunday after Easter on the island of Sao Miguel, with the large procession taking place through the main streets of Ponta … Continue reading The Festival of Senhor Santo Cristo in Ponta Delgada

Romeiros of Sao Miguel: A Pilgrimage of Faith

The tradition of the march of the Romeiros is one that dates back to the 16th century in the Azores and has been a tradition that has been followed by faithful followers every year for centuries on the island of Sao Miguel. It began when a large earthquake took place in the 16th century, causing … Continue reading Romeiros of Sao Miguel: A Pilgrimage of Faith

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

Festival of The Knights of St. Peter in Sao Miguel

The festival of the knights of St. Peter or otherwise known as "Cavalhadas de Sao Pedro" is one of the oldest festivals in the Azores and originates in the county of Ribeira Grande in the town of Ribeira Seca. Inspired by medieval tournaments with the knights of the region; most notably the Counts of Ribeira … Continue reading Festival of The Knights of St. Peter in Sao Miguel

Using Your Cell Phone in the Azores

When travelling to the Azores Islands from the USA, Canada or Europe there are many advantages to using your own cell phone on the islands or purchasing a phone for 20-100 Euros depending on your style of phone and needs required. If you have an UNLOCKED cell phone, when you arrive in the Azores you … Continue reading Using Your Cell Phone in the Azores

Shopping in the Azores: 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: Sao Miguel Island

Sao Miguel’s Secret Island of Vila Franca do Campo

The once private island of the Gago Da Câmara family of Gorreana, this small little islet off the coast of Sao Miguel is named after the town that overlooks this small island; Vila Franca. Villa Franca was the first capital of Sao Miguel island and therefore one of the first settlements in all of the … Continue reading Sao Miguel’s Secret Island of Vila Franca do Campo

The Da Câmara family of Madeira and the Azores

Joao Gonçalves Zarco was a knight in the court of Prince Henry the Navigator during the Portuguese "Age of Exploration" in the early 1400's. Joao Zarco led the first fleet to make a discovery of uninhibited lands in Europe; fueling the age of exploration that spread through all ocean countries in Europe. In 1418 Zarco … Continue reading The Da Câmara family of Madeira and 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