A Complete Guide to Lagoa do Fogo on Sao Miguel Island

At 3 km long and around 2.5 km wide; 'Lagoa de Fogo' is one of the largest bodies of water in all of the 9 islands in the Azores archipelago. The lake which is located in the heart of the island of Sao Miguel where it rests in the central caldera of the Água de … Continue reading A Complete Guide to Lagoa do Fogo on Sao Miguel Island

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 Jaw Dropping ‘Hydrangea Islands’ in the Azores

There is something to be said of these 9 isolated islands located in the Mid-Atlantic ocean; an autonomous region that is part of Portugal known as the Azores. Here on these unspoiled islands in the Atlantic, which are all relatively small in size and with a population of just over 240,000 residents are filled with … Continue reading The Jaw Dropping ‘Hydrangea Islands’ in the Azores

The Top 10 Spots to Visit on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

If a holiday on one of the world's most eco friendly destinations is something you have on your bucket list well then a trip to the Azores is definitely something you must experience. A 90 minute flight from Lisbon or a 5 hour direct flight out of Toronto or Boston through the islands carrier Azores … Continue reading The Top 10 Spots to Visit on Sao Miguel 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

The Celebration of Easter on the Azores Islands

The celebration of Easter on the Azores islands is filled with an an array of religious celebrations and unique gastronomic traditions that make this one of the brightest times of the Azorean calendar, and one of the funnest too. It is after the rainy season that blankets the winter months here in the Azores that … Continue reading The Celebration of Easter on the Azores Islands

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

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

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

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 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

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