Portugal’s Best Kept Secret: Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

Discovered in the 15th century by Portuguese navigator Gonçalo Velho Cabral, the Azores islands are an autonomous region of Portugal which are located in the Mid-Atlantic about 1500 km off Portugal's coast. Nine islands in total and all relatively very small in size, here on the largest island in the archipelago Sao Miguel, you can … Continue reading Portugal’s Best Kept Secret: Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

Jose de Melo Tavares and D.Lili of Sao Bras, Azores

Luisa Cristina Da Câmara Falcão Correia Da Silva was born on December 9, 1915 on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. The third daughter of Luisa Borges Do Canto Da Câmara Falcão and Dr. João Correia Da Silva Jr. Luisa was born during a time when her father was a Supreme court judge … Continue reading Jose de Melo Tavares and D.Lili of Sao Bras, Azores

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

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

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 Hydrangea’s 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 Hydrangea’s on the Azores Islands

Banking in the Azores for American & Canadian Cardholders

One of the first things people wonder when travelling to the Azores islands is whether they will be able to use their bank card from the United States or Canada. The answer is yes! The Azores have modernized over the last decade and is not the small group of islands that only emigrants visit on … Continue reading Banking in the Azores for American & Canadian Cardholders

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 region 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 to experience the vast amounts of flora and fauna present in the region. The gardens, parks, hot springs and deep forested … Continue reading What to See and Do in Furnas on Sao Miguel Island

Madeira’s Sister Island of Porto Santo

Porto Santo is a small island 29 miles northeast of Madeira Island. This is a white sand lovers paradise as the coastline stretches the entire island, providing ample leisure room. Although a small island, the Porto Santo community has its own schools, health-care centre, police detachments, a gymnasium, churches, several local squares, a Congress Centre, … Continue reading Madeira’s Sister Island of Porto Santo

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

The Magic of the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel

Most people only recently began hearing about the Azores islands and that is because of the recent tourism boom that has hit the region. The Azores, which composes of 9 islands in the North-Atlantic off the coast of Portugal which was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century. One of the privileges of growing up … Continue reading The Magic of the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel

The Captivating Lakes on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

The island of Sao Miguel, although volcanic in origin has many craters that have formed into lagoons and fresh water lakes that adorn this magical island in Atlantic. The many lakes on the island of Sao Miguel all have a unique charm and vary in landscape and flora. They all have played an important role … Continue reading The Captivating Lakes on Sao Miguel Island 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