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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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Covid-19 in the Azores and Portugal

On January 12, 2020, The World Health Organization confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in the Hubei province in China, primarily in Wuhan. It was just two weeks prior, on December 31, 2019, that the disease had been reported to the WHO for...

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...

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...

Germans make up the majority of tourists to the Azores

Air Berlin, one of Germany’s most popular carriers has been flying to the island of Sao Miguel for a few years now and has begun service to Terceira island as of 2017. The existing weekly summer service to the archipelago’s capital, Ponta Delgada, will be expanded by an...

February means Carnival in Sao Miguel Azores

Festivals 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....
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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...

The Magic of the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel

Most people only recently began hearing about the Azores Islands, and that is because of the recent tourism boom that has hit the region. The Azores, which comprise of nine islands are located in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean; 1500km off the coast of Portugal. These breathtaking islands...
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The Blue Hydrangea Island of Faial

What can be more beautiful than a peaceful sea breeze, pastoral green mountains, and an island covered with baby blue hydrangeas? The small island of Faial, known as the ‘blue island,’ overlooks Pico’s beautiful mountainous island, which is the highest point in...

A Must Do Family Trip to Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

The island of Sao Miguel also known as the “green island” is a nature lover paradise. The countless outdoor activities offered on land, air, and sea are perfect for you and your family to experience. The nine Azores islands are not just for the seasoned traveler...

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...

RedBull Cliff Diving Competition in the Azores

The RedBull Cliff Diving World Series is an annual event that takes place at some of the top cliff diving locations around the globe. In Europe, the event has gained popularity over the last few years especially in Spain and Portugal. The only region in Portugal to host this...

The Festival of Senhor Santo Cristo in Ponta Delgada

The Festival of Senhor Santo Cristo, also known in English as the Feast of the Holy Christ, is the largest celebration in the Azores islands. A religious celebration that takes place on the 5th Sunday after Easter on the island of Sao Miguel, with the large procession taking...

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...

Visiting the Azores Islands by Ferry

The nine islands of the Azores are all very unique and are filled with endless views of paradise. The islands are divided into three groups and vary in size and population significantly on all the islands. The largest and most populated island in the archipelago is Sao Miguel....

Festival of The Knights of St. Peter in Sao Miguel

The festival of St. Peter’s knights or otherwise known as “Cavalhadas de Sao Pedro,” is one of the oldest festivals in the Azores and originates in the county of Ribeira Grande in the town of Ribeira Seca. Medieval tournaments inspired them with the region, most...

Azores Airlines Sata Car Rally in Sao Miguel

The Sata Rallye Açores, known originally as the “Volta à Ilha de São Miguel,” is an international rally racing event based on the Portuguese island of São Miguel Island in the Azores. The Rally now takes the name of Azores Airlines Sata Rally, with Azores...

The Medieval Festival in Ribeira Grande on Sao Miguel Island

The Azores are known for their countless celebrations and “Festas” that happen at various times throughout the year on each of the 9 Portuguese islands. On the island of Sao Miguel, which has always been recognized as the Azores’ agricultural capital, in the...