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The Azores Islands
The crystal clear waters, the variety of color, the exotic vegetation, the animated underwater world, the rich and varied cuisine will make you feel like you are in paradise, a paradise by the name of Azores.
The nine islands that make up the archipelago of the Azores are known for their volcanic origin. All around you, you will see roads with bordered with blooming hydrangeas, hibiscus and rhododendrons, crystal clear lakes in the craters of extinct volcanoes and cows grazing on green slopes.
Each of the islands is unique, individual and full of surprises.
The largest and most developed of the islands of the archipelago, famous for its vast plantations of tea, tobacco and pineapples. Here you will encounter moderate vegetation with subtropical latitudes. There are hotels located in the city, the mountains and the beach, or near a hot volcanic lake where you can swim all year round.
This charming little island is located south of the island of São Miguel, and of all islands of this archipelago it is the closest one to Europe. It has beautiful sandy beaches that are frequented by locals and tourists.
Because of its beautiful purple sunset that Terceira is also known as the "Purple Island". The incredible beauty of its cave, the underground hot geysers, towns and villages with painted chapels, the bullfights that take place from spring to autumn, bring color and vivacity to this special island! The capital, Angra do Heroismo, protected by UNESCO, is a charming and colorful town that tells stories about distant times of the great maritime discoveries. The best hotels are located near the beach and the magnificent subtropical garden in the city centre.
Perhaps the most peaceful of all the islands. A perfect destination for those looking to escape the city and sink into a relaxing atmosphere of farms and vineyards.
The first island of the archipelago to be colonized. It is thanks to its famous special microclimate that it has become the huge garden with a variety of tropical fruits that it is today. You will certainly want to try and take home the best homemade cheeses that are made with love by the local residents.
Pico´s volcanic peak, which gave its name to this island, is the highest point in Portugal! In addition, the island is also popular for its world-renowned wine that is produced in large quantities on the island.
The destination of many international regattas. Yachtsmen from all over the world meet here. For many years the Island of Faial made its living through whaling. This past activity and its fascinating history can be found in many of the local souvenirs.
Rightfully called the island of flowers. The wild scenic landscapes of the island attract romantically inclined tourists. The large crater lake, surrounded by forests of hydrangeas and white sand beaches, sulfur thermal waters, picturesque green valleys, are some of the fantastic things you can find in Flores.
The smallest of all the islands of the archipelago with a population of approximately 500 people. Corvo Island is interesting for its tranquility, history of colonization, and the complete absence of traces of a modern economy. An ancient fortress still remains on the island which in the past protected it from pirates.
By visiting any of these islands and getting acquainted with the beautiful nature and traditions of this legendary archipelago, will not leave you indifferent.
Recently, the Azores Islands have gained a widespread popularity of water sports including sailing, windsurfing, fishing and whale and dolphin watching. Spa and medical thermal treatments in volcanic lakes have also gained great popularity.
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