Found from the Mid-Atlantic, the Autonomous Region on the Azores are part with the Portuguese Republic, and they are formed of nine volcanic islands. Enjoying a mild climate, due to the gulf-stream, beautiful Azores were settled inside 15th century, and provides traditional Portuguese culture and architecture, and breath-taking scenery, all of these you can experience with one of the holidays within the Azores.
Sitting in the meeting point in the North American, Eurasian and African tectonic plates, the landscape from the Azores is filled incredible volcanic features. Mount Pico would be the highest point from the Portuguese Republic, standing 2,351 metres above sea level, along with the volcano lends its name for the island it sits on. On a clear day, going for a few hours with a hike the volcano will likely be rewarded with spectacular views throughout the entire archipelago. But if the weather’s not great, there’s still plenty to educate yourself regarding on the island, including vineyards and caves.
The largest island inside the archipelago, Sao Miguel, hosts Europe’s only tea plantation at Gorreana, together with Furnas, and that is rich in hot springs, and believe to relax when on a single of our Azores holidays compared to lying back and soaking in one from the area’s natural thermal baths. The most Western island, Flores, is really a biosphere reserve with beautiful coastal hiking routes, impressive waterfalls and also the basalt columns of Rocha dos Bordões. The waters around hawaii also offer many whale watching, surfing, fishing and sailing opportunities, and a lot of world-class sailors have stopped by Peter’s Café Sport within the island of Faial.
Most Azores holidays begin on Sao Miguel, with national and international flights landing in João Paulo II airport. The airport sits in Ponta Delgada, beautiful hawaii’ capital, and that is a cosmopolitan city having a population of just about 70,000. Wander around its attractive cobbled streets and you’ll find inviting shops, cafes and historic buildings to understand more about, and also a modern marina, that's surrounded by restaurants.
Terceira, another largest island, is home towards the oldest city within the Azores, Angra do Heroísmo. Classified to be a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, Among the city’s key sites are definitely the Sao Joao Baptista fort, which starts back more than 400 years, the grand nineteenth century theatre Teatro Angrense plus the Angra do Heroismo Museum, and that is found in an ancient convent. You’ll also find a lot of interesting shops within the Rua Direita and Rua da Se.
Food and festivals
The Azores are the location of thriving agricultural and fishing industries, and this also is reflected from the fine cuisine that could be enjoyed during Azores holidays. The islands produce their unique wine and cheese, and you could try both Portuguese tapas and traditional Azorean cuisine in restaurants around the hawaiian islands. A particular highlight is Cozida das Furnas, a meat and vegetable stew, cooked underground by natural volcanic heat.