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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. In this sense, 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 is the resort island of the Azores most recommended by travel agents for a holiday, because of its central position…

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Flores

The resort island of Flores, most northerly of the Azores group and somewhat remote from its companions, is literally…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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Santa Maria

The island resort of Santa Maria, a fantastic holiday retreat, lies southwest of São Miguel Island and features…

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Terceira

Terceira, an island resort destination in the Azores, holds many places of interest for tourists. The historic centre…

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