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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...

Europe’s Only Green Tea Grown on the Azores Islands

One of the unique things about the Azores islands is that they are the only region in the entire Euro-zone to grow tea commercially and have been doing so since the 19th century. The island of Sao Miguel is extraordinary and unique for its ability to be able to produce tea, which...

Portuguese Coffee & Tea Grown on the Azores Islands

One interesting fact I discovered is that the Azores islands are one of the only 2 locations in Europe to grow coffee and the only commercial producer of tea in Europe. I decided to explore deeper into how and why these small islands, located in the North Atlantic ocean, chose to...

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...

8 Bucket List Things to do on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

Go for a Hike! The island is filled with close to 100 marked trails throughout the island, allowing you to choose a trail according to your strength. The trails can vary from flat forest paths to uphill coastal paths and everything in between. This is your time to explore these...

Ribeira Grande: Nature’s County on Sao Miguel Island

The county of Ribeira Grande is located on the North part of the island and is known as the “Nature’s county.” Not to be mistaken with just the name of the city Ribeira Grande, it also represents the entire county and all the parish communities that encompass...

Cha Gorreana: Europe’s Tea from the Azores

In 1750 the initial trials of tea occurred on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, off the coast of Portugal. They were producing very little tea (10 kg of Black and 8 kg of Green Tea). In 1801, the Azores Governor-General sent to mainland Portugal two tea plant cases, noting...

The Jose do Canto Botanical Garden in Ponta Delgada

The Jose do Canto garden is a beautiful family-owned victorian style botanical garden located in the heart of the capital of Ponta Delgada. This 19th-century garden is right next to the Palace de Santa Ana, the residence of the President of the Azores. A garden started in the...

Sao Miguel in the Azores is the ‘Green Island’

The exuberant landscapes that blanket this beautiful paradise, from mountain high cliffs to deep valleys of fertile vegetation, are breathtaking. The location of Sao Miguel is in the north Atlantic ocean, hundreds of miles away from industrial pollution. The gentle gulf stream...