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Sunshine Island: The Yellow Island of Santa Maria

Santa Maria is the southernmost island in the Azores archipelago. Known as the “Yellow Island,” Santa Maria is an island recognized for its abundance of sunshine, hence the nickname. This was the first island in the Azores to be discovered and colonized by Portugal in...
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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, located in the Mid-Atlantic, approximately 1500 km off Portugal’s shoreline. Nine islands in total and all relatively very small in size,...
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Hiking above the Clouds on Pico Island

The island of Pico is a small mountain island that is just 150 miles north-west of the island of Sao Miguel. The island is known for its volcanic landscape and the unique wines produced on this small volcanic island in the Atlantic. The grape vineyards here on Pico were...
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Europe’s Best Sunset is in Nordeste

The county of Nordeste in English translates to North-East. This is the location of this charming little town on the island of Sao Miguel. Here is one of the more quiet parts of the island. Extensive forested areas surrounding the city limits make this a private oasis on the...
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Sete Cidades: The Blue & Green Lakes in Sao Miguel

The name Sete Cidades is said to have originated from the seven craters on the island, which resulted from volcanic eruptions millions of years past and which gave way to the Verde, Azul, Rasa, Santiago, Caldeiras Secas, and Alferes lakes that now exist in the area. “Lagoon...
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Hiking Trails in the Azores on Sao Miguel Island

The Azores islands are well-known for being an Eco-friendly tourist destination, emphasizing sustaining the Azores’ vision as a green destination. The Azores have never been influenced by mass tourism before in its 500+ year history and have always been a destination for...