The Azores are a unique corner in the Atlantic Ocean, a great place to relax for those who are tired of the hustle and bustle, looking for peace and privacy combined with new impressions and bright colors. This is exactly what Azores can give - local landscapes amaze with combinations of shades: blooming azaleas and hydrangeas, blue ocean, azure lakes, black frozen lava of extinct volcanoes and rich greenery of hills. The lack of developed tourist infrastructure - five-star hotels and an entertainment complex - will allow you to enjoy the silence and surrounding beauty without interference, and excellent service and hospitality of local residents will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
The Azores archipelago is a group of islands of volcanic origin located 1,460 km from the European continent. This is the westernmost point in Europe.
The climate is subtropical oceanic, mild and warm.
The history of the Azores is primarily related to the development of the Atlantic. They were opened repeatedly. Presumably in the 9th century, Vikings landed here, and a group of islands similar to Azora is marked on ancient Italian maps.
In 1427, the Portuguese discovered the island of Santa Maria. Over the next twenty years, the entire archipelago appeared on the maps. In 1995, the Azores received the EU Prize for the Preservation of pristine Nature and the Development of Ecotourism.
The largest island of the archipelago is San Miguel. The main natural attraction of the island is the crater Sete Sidades, next to which there are several picturesque lakes. From the architectural monuments here it is worth seeing the churches of St. Sebastian with the treasury, St. Petra (16th-18th centuries), palaces of Fonte Béla and Santa Ana (18th century), Conceição and Santa Catarina (17th century), House Museum of Carlos Bikudo (17th century) and Town Hall (17th - 18th centuries).
The capital of Santa Maria Island, Vila do Porto, is the oldest settlement in the Azores.
On the island of Pico is the highest point in Portugal, the Pico volcano (2351 m).
On Graçaçozoic, it is worth visiting the Sulfur Cave (Furna do Enxofre) with an underground lake, the Baroque church in Guadalupe, windmills in Luz and Praia. The capital of the island is Santa Cruz da Graciasa. There is a beautiful cathedral (17th-18th centuries), the church of Santo Cristo (16th century), many ancient mansions.
One of the main attractions of the island of Terceira is the cave Algar do Carvao. This is a 100 m long lava tube formed after a volcanic eruption that occurred 2000 years ago. There are a lot of stalactites and stalagmites made of quartz dissolved in lava, an underground lake. There is a sulfur spring near the cave.
The capital of Terceira, Angra do Eroige, has been declared a world heritage by UNESCO. In the historical center of the city are the forts of San Sebashtian (16th century) and San Juan Batishta of the 16th-17th centuries), the Baroque and Kapitaes Generes Betancourt Palaces, a cathedral with an altar decorated with silver and a treasury, the churches of Colegio dooz Jesuitas and São Gonçalo (17th century).
The island of Floris, the farthest from the mainland, is interesting for its Baroque mansions and churches, as well as the Ribeira Grande waterfall and seven lakes located in picturesque craters of extinct volcanoes.
In the Azores, as in the whole of Portugal, it is not customary to yawn and stretch in public places. Tipping is not officially accepted here, but if the client is satisfied with the quality of service, he can leave 10% of the invoice amount in a restaurant, cafe or taxi.
In the vast expanses of the Atlantic Ocean, mother nature has created a land of extraordinary natural beauty, waiting to be open to visitors. We are talking about the Azores archipelago.
In the east, on the island of Santa Maria, there are beaches with light, hot sand, and vineyards covering slopes in the form of an amphitheater resemble stairs for giants. The island of São Miguel, which is considered the largest, amazes with the beauty of its lakes Lagoa das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. The force coming from the bowels of the earth is felt in geysers, hot springs and volcanic lakes, as well as in the delicious meat dish "cozido das Furnas", which is prepared in volcanic holes under the influence of the heat of the earth.
The islands of Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, Faial and Graciosa form the central group of the archipelago, harmoniously located in the sea blue, where whales and dolphins periodically look out here and there, representing an exciting spectacle for tourists. Terceira tells about its history in Angra do Heroísmo, which is included in the List of World Cultural and Historical Heritage Sites, as well as during its holidays. Fayal Island is the blue freshness of hydrangeas, a harbor painted with paintings by sailors from all over the world, and the extinct volcano Capelinhos, reminiscent of a landscape on the moon. Located opposite Pico Island, it is a mountain emerging from the abyss of sea, with vineyards planted on black volcanic lands and representing a unique culture that is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. On the island of San Jorge, special attention is drawn to narrow fertile plots of land along the coast - "faigash" and a peculiar taste of cheese, which cannot be confused with anything else. The island of Graciosa, whose name and appearance is graceful, is covered with thick greenery, contrasted by vineyard-covered fields, with their centuries-old windmills.
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In the western group - on Ilha das Flores - natural cascades and lakes formed by volcanoes are completely delighted. In the center of the miniature island of Corvo is an extensive, beautiful pit that attracts a large number of birds that come here not only from Europe, but also from America.
That's how they are - the Azores. Nine islands, nine small worlds that have as much in common as different things, where local cordiality and good temper are shared by everyone.