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A Complete Guide to Lagoa do Fogo on Sao Miguel Island

At 3 km long and around 2.5 km wide; ‘Lagoa de Fogo’ is one of the largest bodies of water in all of the 9 islands in the Azores archipelago. The lake is located in the heart of the island of Sao Miguel, where it rests in the central caldera of the Água de Pau Massif;...

The Best Books on The Azores From Discovery to 2019

Are you looking for books written by Azorean authors or perhaps about the fascinating history, life, and culture of the Azores region and its people? Then you have come to the right place! I found out the hard way that a lot of information I was interested in finding out about...

A UNESCO World Heritage City on the Island of Terceira

It was here in the seaside city of Angra do Heroismo, which became the capital of Portugal twice, replacing Lisbon, that many of Portugal’s vast ships would use as a stopover point between their transatlantic journeys. This beautiful city has a rich history that dates back...

The Celebration of Easter on the Azores Islands

The celebration of Easter on the Azores islands is filled with an array of religious celebrations and unique gastronomic traditions that make this one of the brightest times of the Azorean calendar, and one of the funniest too. It is after the rainy season that blankets the...

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 9 islands and a small group of islets, which are divided into 3 geographic and political groups....
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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 which is located in the Mid-Atlantic about 1500 km off Portugal’s coast. Nine islands in total and all relatively very small in size, here on...

Why the Azores should become a Dark Sky Preserve

Light pollution is the presence of manmade, artificial light in the night environment. It has been intensified by excessive, misdirected uses of light which has been argued by scientists, that it alters natural earth cycle conditions. As a side-effect of urbanization, light...

The Magical Crater Lakes and much more on Flores Island in the Azores

One of the best-kept secrets still to exist in the Azores is the magnificent crater lakes on the small island of Flores at the Northern-tip of the archipelago. Here on this small island paradise exists some of the most beautiful flora and pastoral scenes in all of the Azores. It...

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 the period 2014-2020, covering the outermost region of Azores. The total allocation of the...

Camellias are Thriving on the Portuguese Island of Sao Miguel

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

Blueberries: A Potential High Return Investment for the Azores Economy

The Azores islands, located in the mid-Atlantic ocean provide a unique, narrow 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 which makes...

Nature Reserve’s on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores

Nature Reserve & Recreation Park of Viveiro do Nordeste This is a great garden lovers reserve with its proximity to the historical center of Nordeste with pleasant picnic areas and traditional wood ovens, make this park an attractive choice for many visitors. Right at the...

Travel From Germany, Austria or Switzerland to the Azores Islands

Air Berlin, one of Germany’s most popular carriers has been flying to the Azores for a few years now and has begun service to another island in the region. The existing weekly summer service to the archipelago’s capital, Ponta Delgada, will be expanded by an additional...

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 composes of 9 islands in the North-Atlantic off the coast of Portugal which was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th...

Europe’s Warmest Winters: The Weather on the Azores Islands

The Portuguese Azores islands are located 1500 km from the European continent with an erratic but comfortable weather pattern that blankets these 9 Portuguese islands. The fact that these 9 islands are located in the North Atlantic and still have a mild year-round climate is due...

Faial Island in the Azores: A Yachtsman’s Paradise

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; which is known as the ‘blue island’, overlooks the beautiful mountainous island of Pico; which is the highest...

Angra do Heroismo: The Crown Jewel of Portugal

The island of Terceira is one of the most beautiful islands in the Atlantic ocean and has played an important role in the history of the new world ever since its discovery in the early 15th century. It is here that they say the old world meets the new world! Terceira is the 3rd...

A Locals Guide to the Best Food in Sao Miguel Azores

Seafood on the island of Sao Miguel is by far the most popular cuisine with both locals and tourists, due to the outstanding variety and freshness, often caught fresh daily. A lot of local fishermen go out daily and sell there catches directly to the local restaurants and fish...
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