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What to see in The Azores

The Azores Attractions


The nine volcanic islands of the Azores archipelago offer up a variety of things to see and do for travellers to its shores. With hundreds of resorts, the year-round warmth certainly suits the sun-loving visitor as they are never far away from a beautiful beach on which to laze.

On popular resort island São Miguel, there are endless activities and sights for the traveller to explore: mountain biking, golfing on world-class courses, horse-riding on the beach and whale watching from a boat cruise. Ponta Delgada on São Miguel makes a good base from which to explore the other eight islands of the Azores.

The town of Ponta Delgada has a variety of cultural sights such as a bustling town square filled with markets, the charming Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, and a harbour boasting the imposing fortress of São Brás. From this base, which has its own airport chartering international flights, one can explore the surrounding islands, such as the picturesque Graciosa, sporting stunning turquoise waters and a pale white landscape. Alternatively, one can visit the historic centre of Terceira's capital town, Angra do Heroísmo, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Faial

Faial, with its sheltered bays and immense volcanic crater, is the most visited of the Azores islands. Much of the interior is protected as a reserve where visitors can enjoy the diverse flora and…

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Flores

Literally the island of 'flowers', this most northerly of the Azores blooms, carpeted with numerous flowers among impossibly green hills and white-washed villages. Considered one of the…

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Graciosa

The tiny Graciosa is known as the 'White Island' of the Azores due to the pale rocky landscape. But there is variety in its golden wheatfields and green and purple vineyards. The landscape is dotted…

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Pico

The resort island of Pico is dominated by its volcanic namesake, rising from the middle of the landscape and towering 7,720ft (2,351m) above sea level. It is the highest peak in Portugal. A single…

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São Jorge

The resort island of São Jorge is surrounded by sheer black cliffs and is the centre of the Azores' dairy industry. The lush green grass of the island's fields plumps up the grazing…

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Santa Maria

The island resort of Santa Maria, a fantastic holiday retreat, lies southwest of São Miguel Island and features an airport that was a World War II American Air Force base, now appropriated as…

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Terceira

Terceira, an island resort destination in the Azores, holds many places of interest for tourists. The historic centre of its capital town, Angra do Heroísmo, is classified as a UNESCO World…

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