The Azores Islands consists of nine different islands created by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. They sit in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 1500 kilometres away from the Portuguese continental coast and around 4000 kilometres away from the North American one. There are around 238,000 people in total that live in the Azores, but the most populated island is São Miguel.
The nine islands are divided into three groups according to their proximity. The Western group is Flores and Corvo, the Eastern group includes Santa Maria and São Miguel, and finally the Central one is composed of Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial.
This archipelago was granted the status of an Autonomous Region in 1976, making the region now governed by a Regional Government located on São Miguel. This island is the main island. Its immense beauty is clearly seen in these photos. This island is filled with waterfalls, with famous blue lagoons with dense forests heading down towards the extinct volcanic craters, or the “Furnas” area where there are natural hot baths and special mud treatments for you to try out.
The second, most important island is Terceira. Its capital, Angra do Heroismo, is famous for its Renaissance city planning, with straight lined streets, still perfectly preserved today. This feature, together with the beauty of its palaces and churches, was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Also filled with traditionally designed houses and interesting museums, this city has a cultural, historical and architectural aspect that will surely enchant you.
The island of Faial is truly fascinating, particularly due to its beaches, its “caldeiras” or “boilers” and to its famous harbour at Horta. Sailors from all around the world join here, making this marina a lively and multicultural place to be. The marina is found in a sheltered bay and is also known for the paintings on the walls of the jetty, created by several of the local “sea wolves”. Visit the Peter’s Café Sport, where several souvenirs are sold and where you can grab a drink and socialise with the passers-by!
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