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

Madeira’s Sister Island of Porto Santo

Porto Santo is a small island that was discovered by Portuguese navigators in 1418 and it was the first of many islands to be discovered by the maritime power of Portugal during the 15th and 16th centuries.  The island is located 29 miles northeast of Madeira Island; the larger of the two islands in the … Continue reading Madeira’s Sister Island of Porto Santo

10 Amazing Facts about Portugal

Portugal is the oldest nation-state in Europe! Portugal has maintained its original borders since 1139, making it the oldest country in Europe. To put that in a bit of perspective, Lisbon has been around four centuries longer than Rome.Portugal's western European coastline with cliffs that dive in the Atlantic ocean is home to some of … Continue reading 10 Amazing Facts about Portugal

The World’s Best: New Years Eve in Paradise on Madeira Island

On the beautiful island of Madeira located 600 km off the coast of Morocco and a 90 minute flight from the Azores is where the biggest fireworks show takes place every year! No winter jackets needed here! With an average temperature in the winter in the high 70's make this a tropical getaway worth exploring. … Continue reading The World’s Best: New Years Eve in Paradise on Madeira Island

Surfing on Portugal’s Exotic Island of Madeira in the Atlantic

Surfing first started on the Portuguese island of Madeira in the 1970's off the villages of Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar and Ponta Pequena. Almost every surf spot is rocky and powerful. No waves seem to break under six feet in the winter months, making it only suitable for the intermediate to experienced surfer. Madeira really did not come to … Continue reading Surfing on Portugal’s Exotic Island of Madeira in the Atlantic

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

Madeira Islands Annual Spring Flower Festival

The annual flower festival on the island of Madeira is a perfect festival to represent the natural beauty of Madeira island. It is here in which the Portuguese call the land of eternal spring. The island is known for its unique gardens and exotic flowers, where anything and everything grows in these fertile soils. This … Continue reading Madeira Islands Annual Spring Flower Festival