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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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An Enchanting Prehistoric Forest in the Azores on Sao Miguel Island

The Azores are lush, green islands situated in a remote spot of the Atlantic Ocean, where temperatures are mild and change little from season to season. Renowned for their thermal springs, crater lakes, exotic vegetation, and unique caves that have resulted from ongoing volcanic...
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Portugal’s Age of Discovery: The Azores Islands

The discovery of the nine islands, which became known as the Acores or Azores, was not accomplished all at once with many legends behind their existence before the Portuguese colonized them in the 1430s. The first island to be discovered was the small island of Santa Maria on the...

Guide to Fruits, Flowers and Trees Grown in the Azores

Welcome to Paradise! Located a short two-hour flight from mainland Europe these nine islands are one of the most beautiful island destinations. Their old-world charm and natural beauty add to the unique character that each one of these islands has. The Azores are famous for their...
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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...

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...

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...

The Breathtaking Terra Nostra Garden in Furnas

The Terra Nostra Garden is located in the middle of the small town of Furnas, in the county of Povoacao on the island of Sao Miguel. This is one of the most impressive gardens in the Azores and has a deep history that dates back to the late 1700s. With over 600 varieties of...