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Azores Wooden Dutch Holland Shoes

Handmade and Gourmet Products from the Azores

Certon Kisters lives on the island of Flores in the Azores. Since 2004 he has been working with different Azorean wood varieties, where he combines, with extraordinary detail, a compilation of miniature paintings with Azorean themes. These are beautiful time-consuming pieces that...
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Super-Fruits Grown on the Azores Islands

Did you know that Guavas have a unique nutritional profile? Eating just one ounce (28 grams) of guava will give you 107% of the RDI of vitamin C. Guavas are also rich in fiber, folate, vitamin A, potassium, and copper manganese. The antioxidants in guavas have been shown to...
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The Macaronesia Islands of the Atlantic

The Macaronesia islands are a collection of four archipelagos in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Europe and Africa. Each archipelago is made up of several Atlantic oceanic islands formed by seamounts on the ocean floor with summits above the ocean’s surface. The...
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The Various Types of Windmills in the Azores

Like so many aspects of the Azores Islands, although they are similar in numerous ways, there are apparent differences between them. One is the varying types of windmills that exist on the nine islands in the archipelago. It is fascinating to take a closer look at the variations...

How to Grow Azores Blue and Pink Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas can be a beautiful source of elegant flowers that can bloom for a long time if placed in the right spot. They require adequate sunlight and watering to bloom appropriately and can be grown in various climates, from temperate to tropical. In warmer southern areas, a...
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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 neighboring Island of Pico which is separated by the Faial Channel; a narrow sea inlet which is about 8 km wide. The...

The Jaw Dropping ‘Hydrangea Islands’ in the Azores

There is something to be said of these nine 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...

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, then a trip to the Azores is something you must experience. A 90-minute flight from Lisbon or a 5-hour direct flight out of Toronto or Boston through the islands...
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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 encompass nine islands and a small group of islets divided into three geographic and political groups. The...
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Portugal’s Best Kept Secret: Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

These nine islands have always had a unique sense of identity, culture, and history. Although they are a part of Portugal, they have a lot of self-autonomy, which allows them to forge their own fate on political and social issues. During the carnation revolution of 1974 on the...

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...

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...

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 country’s best dairies. The island of Sao Miguel is known...

Camellias are Thriving on the Portuguese Island of Sao Miguel

With its maritime contacts in the 17th century, Portugal introduced this native plant from China and Japan to the region of the Azores, where today there are over 600 varieties of camellias. The camellias in the Azores have been here for hundreds of years, with many people...

Blueberries: A Potential High Return Investment for the Azores Economy

The Azores islands, located in the mid-Atlantic ocean, provide a unique, precarious 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, making...

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...