Azores: what to do and see, tips vacations

Guide Azores islands, what to see in the islands of this archipelago dependent Portugal, ideal for beach holidays.

Holidays in the Azores tips

The archipelago of the Azores islands, ideal for a holiday, is made up of nine main islands to see and numerous islands of volcanic origin, located in the Atlantic Ocean at a distance of about 1400 km from Portugal. The islands are an autonomous region of Portugal. The nine islands, Sao Miguel, Terceira, Santa Maria, Pico, Faial, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Flores and Corvo, are distinguished by the beauty and purity of their fanciful nature, as well as for the interesting relics of the past.

– Sao Miguel is the largest island of the archipelago dell’Azzorre, its main center is Ponta Delgada, where there are buildings, Churches and Convents rich in art and history. Beautiful landscapes framed by picturesque lakes and beautiful landscapes.

– Terceira is the second largest island of the archipelago dell’Azzorre importance. Its main town is Angra do Heroismo, whose historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as the first example of European urban planning of the sixteenth century in the middle of the Atlantic. Docked in the port galleons laden with precious goods from the East and the Americas. The island offers colorful landscapes and sea with natural pools formed by lava of ancient volcanic eruptions.

– Santa Maria is the closest island to the mainland Portugal, in fact its first inhabitants came from the Algarve. The island is famous for the typical white houses chimneys tapered, the bucolic landscapes, sandy beaches and beautiful bays of São Lourenço and Praia Formosa.

– Pico is the second largest island of the Azores, after São Miguel Island culminates with 2351 meters of altitude of the Pico volcano from which it takes its name. Along the coast, the slopes of the mountain offer some beautiful walks between the blue sea and sky. From this island, in the past centuries, boats with brave men sailed out to sea to whaling; Pico today is a privileged place for the observation of large cetaceans. Do not forget the famous vineyards of the island, grown in the fertile land bounded by walls of lava rock.

– Faial is about 7 Km. From the island of Pico. The island is known for its friendly marina, dock where yachts and sailing vessels from around the world. From the point of view of landscape the island is distinguished by the color of blue hydrangeas that border the fields and paths that lead to the sea; colorful and exuberant vegetation that contrasts with the colors of the desert landscape of the area affected by the last eruption of the volcano Capelinhos occurred in 1957/58 at the west of the island. The main settlement on the island is Horta, where are preserved architectural elements, such as azulejos decorations of the church of Sao Francisco.

– Sao Jorge is separated from the nearby islands of Pico and Faial by close to 15 Km. On the island, the narrow and elongated shape, successive mountains and green valleys. The maximum altitude is reached by the Pico de Esperança (1053 mt), great vantage point. Through lovely walks along the paths of São Jorge is the ability to cross fields where cows that produce milk rich, from which the cheese characteristic, or to get to the base of the cliffs that plunge into the sea, where there are small areas of fertile land and flat calls Fajãs.

– Graciosa is a small and pretty island. as you can tell from the name, famous for its windmills and its lighthouse. On the island is a picturesque volcanic phenomenon, the Furna do Enxofre, a large underground cavern where lies a lake of sulfuric water cold, more than 100 meters wide and 15 meters deep. Very attractive depths of Graciosa full of caves and rocky ravines.

– Flores is the westernmost island of the Azores and also the westernmost point European place. Enchanting island is covered with lush vegetation and colorful flowers from many that characterize it. The rocky cliffs overlooking the sea are crossed by waterfalls that jump from the cliffs into the sea. The island is very beautiful area dotted with seven volcanic lakes, where the blue of their water glows in green surroundings. To visit the town of Santa Cruz, the island’s main town, Lajes and other picturesque villages.

– Corvo is the smallest island of the archipelago of the Azores. Surrounded by a verdant landscape you can climb on Monte Gordo, where the bottom of the Caldeirão volcanic cone can be admired from the azure waters of the lakes, adorned with various islets. It is an island that belongs to a quiet world remained intact from isolation.