- Location: In the Atlantic Ocean about 950 miles west of Lisbon
- Attraction Type: Archipelago/ Island groups
- Significance: A naturally beautiful island group with a distinctive culture
- Best Time to Visit: April to October
- How to Reach: By flight to Sao Miguel, Terceira, Pico, or Faial and thereafter by boats to the different islands
- International Airports: Sao Miguel, Terceira, Faial, and Pico
The Azores is not just another destination but a fantasyland on the earth’s surface. In Azore Islands tradition of the people blends perfectly with the contemporary lifestyle. Vacation in the Azores is peaceful and exciting at the same time, with the warmth of the local inhabitants as your constant invisible companions. Nature is at its bountiful best with dreamy lagoons, quiet villages, and full-bloomed gardens.
The Azores, an archipelago of nine main islands and eight islets, spreads out in the Atlantic Ocean like huge gardens. Located at a distance of about 950 miles west of Lisbon, these islands have a distinctive culture, dialects, and cuisine. ‘Azores’ in all likelihood is derived from the Portuguese word ‘azures’ the plural of ‘blue’. The origin of these islands is volcanic as revealed by their craters and cones. Pico with a height of 2350 meters is the highest peak in Azores archipelago. Goncalo Velho, sailing under Commander Henry the Navigator, discovered this island group in 1427 after which people started settling.
The main islands of Azores archipelago are Sao Miguel, Sao Jorge, Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Pico, Santa Maria, and Terceira.
Azore, being a place of natural fantasies, is perfect for a dream holiday. Whether you laze around or frolic in the rollicking waters of the Azores, this place would never disappoint you. Yachtsmen from Europe and the Americas assemble in Santa Cruz, Angra does Heroism, Horta and Ponta Delgada for sailing. You would have the exalting experience of coming within thirty feet of a whale on a whale-watching trip. Big game fishing in the seas around Azores Islands is a thrilling sport. Tuna, swordfish, oceanic bonito, and shark are the main catches from these waters.
Even if you do not admire water activities, Azores is still alluring with its inland escapades. Explore the ethereal landscape of cliffs, hills, dales, blooming valleys, and lagoons. Golfing in Terceira and Sao Miguel is another tempting activity in the Azores.
Accommodation and Dining
Azores cuisine is varied and delectable consisting of fish, meat, lobster and goose barnacle items. Wine from Pico, cheese from San Jorge and pineapples from Sao Miguel are the other local favorites.
In the Azores, you could select from among hotels, inns, and manors for your stay. In Sao Miguel, you might choose from Caloura Hotel Resort, Hotel Gaivota, and Hotel Terra Nostra Garden. If you plan to stay in Terceira Island your choice could be spread out among Hotel do Caracol, Quinta das Merces, and Hotel Beira Mar. Other notable accommodations in the Azores are Horta Hotel in Faial, Hotel S. Jorge in Saso Jorge, and Alojamento Bela Vista in Pico.