Located between Europe and North America, this archipelago is the westernmost point of Europe, comprising nine islands: São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Graciosa, Flores and Corvo.
Built by volcanoes for thousands of years, the Azores have extraordinary geological formations including lava tunnels, waterfalls, thermal springs and lakes located in craters. The volcanic peaks offer spectacular views, with Ponta do Pico being the highest point in Portugal, at 2351 meters above sea level. This archipelago is still to this day a relatively unexplored destination with much to discover.
The evergreen forests, endemic plants and pasture and crop lands cover much of the slopes, while the hydrangeas in blossom give color to the landscape from spring to autumn.
Livestock production plays a very important role, namely in milk, cheese and butter production. Gorreana tea is produced in the island of São Miguel, the only place in Europe with tea plantations.
Whale watching is one of the main attractions in Azores: more than 20 species of whales and dolphins can be observed in the archipelago throughout the year, after the conversion of equipment and buildings initially targeted for whaling - a common practice between the nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.
The Azores have a maritime climate, with pleasant summers, mild winters and plenty of precipitation throughout the year.
Ponta Delgada, Vila do Porto, Angra do Heroísmo, Horta, Lages do Pico, Velas, Santa Cruz da Graciosa, Santa Cruz das Flores and Corvo.
The best beaches are in Santa Cruz da Graciosa (Graciosa), Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira), Ribeira Grande (S. Miguel), Ponta Delgada (S. Miguel), Lagoa(S. Miguel), Vila Franca do Campo (S. Miguel), Povoação (S. Miguel), Vila do Porto (Santa Maria)
Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Angústias (Faial), Forte e Muralhas de São Sebastião (Faial), Gruta das Torres (Pico), Sé Catedral de Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira), Palácio dos Capitães Generais (Terceira), Convento de São Francisco (Terceira), Portas da Cidade (S. Miguel), Forte São Brás (S. Miguel), Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paz (S. Miguel), Monumento Natural da Caldeira Velha (S. Miguel), Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Purificação (Santa Maria)
Soups: Fish soup
Fish and Seafood: Grilled fish, fish stews and seafood, tuna, octopus stew, limpets, barnacles, chip (sort of lobster)
Meat: Portuguese stew in Furnas, rump, yams with sausage
Fruit and Sweet: pineapple, sweet bread, Santa Maria cavacas (sugar-coated biscuits), Vila Franca do Campo queijadas (cheese cakes donas-amélias (honey cupcakes) and sugar-paste cakes from Terceira, Faial Fofas (fennel-based pastries stuffed with cream), Graciosa queijadas, covilhetes de leite (custard tarts)…
Other: bolo lêvedo (leavened cake) from Furnas , honey, tea, cheese S. Jorge, cheese