The Azores Region
In the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean, mother nature created a land full of natural beauty and ready to be explored: The Azores Archipelago.
To the east, on the island of Santa Maria, the beaches are warm with white sand, and the vineyards that cover the slopes resemble gigantic stairways. São Miguel, the largest island, enchants with its Lagoon of the Seven Cities and Lagoon of Fire. The heat stored inside the earth is felt in the geysers, in the hot thermal waters and the volcanic lakes, as well as in the tasty “Cozido das Furnas”, a typical dish slowly cooked underground.
In the Central Group, the Islands Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, and Graciosa are arranged harmoniously in the blue sea where whales and dolphins swim, which are a delight for the visitors. Terceira speaks of history in Angra do Heroísmo, classified as a World Heritage site, and also in its celebrations. Faial is also called the Blue Island for the large quantities of hydrangeas, with the famous Horta marina colored by the paintings of the yachtsmen from all over the world. The dormant Capelinhos volcano, which resembles a lunar landscape, one of the biggest attractions of the island. In front of it, Pico, the mountain that rises from the sea with its vineyards planted in black lava fields. In São Jorge, the highlight is the Fajãs and its cheese, a unique specialty with an unmistakable flavor. Gracious in name and appearance, this green island has fields covered with vines that contrast with its peculiar windmills just perfect for hiking.
In the Western Group, on Flores Island, the beauty of natural waterfalls and lagoons excavated by volcanoes dazzles anyone. Corvo, the miniature island, has in its center a large and beautiful caldera and attracts several bird species not only from the European but also the American Continent. These are the Azores. Nine islands, nine small worlds, which have both commonalities and differences, but where the sympathy of its inhabitants is shared by all. See all the beautiful landscapes and meet the local people while breathing the fresh mountain air. Its delicious gastronomy, history, and traditions are waiting for you!