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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...

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...

The Magical Crater Lakes on Flores Island in the Azores

One of the best-kept secrets still to exist in the Azores is the magnificent crater lakes on Flores island, at the Northern-tip of the archipelago. Here on this little island paradise exists some of the most beautiful flora and pastoral scenes in all of the Azores. It is here...
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E.U Economic Boost for the Azores Islands

The Operational Program “Regional Azores 2014-2020” is a multi-fund Program with contributions from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Funds for 2014-2020, covering the outermost region of Azores. The total allocation of the Operational Program...

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...

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...
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Banking in the Azores for American & Canadian Cardholders

One of the first things people wonder when traveling to the Azores islands is whether they will use their bank cards from the United States or Canada. The answer is yes! The Azores have modernized over the last decade and are not the small islands that only emigrants visit on...
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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 with 22 treasure chests filled with diamonds, rubies, and pearls. This was a cargo estimated to be worth well over $1...

Fishing in the Azores on Sao Miguel Island

The island of Sao Miguel is an island filled with history and culture, especially from the sea. The ocean’s critical role on the island has always affected the local people and their superstitions. They say when you live on an island, you either thrive or survive. The...

Domingos Rebelo: The Picasso of the Azores

Domingos Rebelo was born in Ponta Delgada on December 3, 1891, on Sao Miguel island. The son of José Eduardo Rebelo, a fiscal guard, and Georgina Augusta Pereira Rebelo. The family came from a modest family with limited possessions and four children. The Rebelo family attached...

The Best Local Eats While in the Azores

One of the most exciting parts of traveling is enjoying the various foods you encounter on your journey. While in the Azores, this should be no exception! The Azores islands are a group of sustainable islands that flourish in their natural beauty and produce some of the most...

Meals Cooked in a Volcano on São Miguel Island

A past-time for generations on the island of Sao Miguel is the fascinating way they produced their “Cozidho”, which is cooked belowground in a small wooden barrel. This is then filled with all the meats, potatoes, sausage, vegetables, cabbage, and spices, etc. Once it...

Sao Miguel Azores gets a New Casino

The island of Sao Miguel, located in the Mid-Atlantic ocean, has seen a tourism boom in the last five years, which has resulted in many additions to the island’s landscape and skyline. The newest addition to the Ponta Delgada skyline is the Azor Hotel and Casino, which...

Buying a House in The Azores

The Azores islands, located in the Mid-Atlantic, are a group of 9 islands belonging to Portugal and are located about 90 minutes plane ride from the Capital of Portugal, Lisbon.  They say time stands still with a quaint agriculture-based society and modern Europe flair intertwine...
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Sumol & Compal: The Best Juices From Portugal

Sumol + Compal S.A. is a Portuguese food and beverage company specializing in soft drink production and bottling. The company’s principal activities are the manufacturing, marketing, bottling, selling, exporting, and distributing various types of beverages, such as soft...

Golfing in the Middle of the Atlantic on Sao Miguel Island

The Azores islands are a golfer’s dream, where on the island of Sao Miguel, there are two of Portugal’s most impressive golf courses. Located within a 4-hour direct flight out of Boston or a 5-hour direct flight out of Toronto. The island of Sao Miguel is known as the...