Explore the Azores

THE AZORES: A PARADISE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

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The Azores Archipelago, located in the North Atlantic Ocean, almost halfway between Europe and America, is a unique and magical place on our planet. 

The Azores are not tropical islands, as many think: they are nine islands of volcanic origin with a mild climate, with imposing cliffs overlooking the sea, with rare and magnificent beaches of light or black sand and natural pools created by centuries-old work of the ocean on volcanic rocks. 

The Azores are the perfect destination for nature lovers, hikers, bikers, surfers, birdwatchers, divers,  offering an incredible amount of different exotic experiences, yet retaining a friendly european feel, making them also a great place to spend a vacation with your kids and family in safety: come explore the Azores, this paradisiac corner of the planet with us!

 

9 Wonderful Islands, Unique and Mesmerizing

Every island is different and unique, offering panoramas of hills and plains of green fields, blooms of blue hydrangeas, coniferous forests, red and black stone lunar landscapes  on the slopes of ancient volcanoes, culminating in the highest of all Portugal with its winter snow hat, Pico.

  • Santa Maria Island

    Santa Maria Island (the Yellow Island)

    Santa Maria Island, 16.6 km long and with a maximum width of 9.1 km, has an area of 97 km2. 5,552 people live there (data from 2011). Santa Maria, together with São Miguel, which is 81 km away, is part of the Eastern Group of the archipelago. More

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    Terceira Island (the Lilac Island)

    Terceira Island is the second most populous island in the Azores, with 56,437 residents. It is called the lilac island because of the color used on many facades, especially in the city of Angra do Heroísmo. More

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    Corvo Island (the Black Island)

    Corvo Island is the smallest of the Azores at just 6.2 km long and 4 km wide. Together with Flores, which is 17.9 kilometers away, is part of the Western Group of the archipelago. More

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    Flores Island (the Pink Island)

    Flores Island, Azores. Inhabited by roughly 4.000 people, it is the westernmost point of the European continent. It’s 16.6 kilometers long and 12.2 kilometers at maximum width, with an area of 141.4 km2. More

  • São Jorge Island

    São Jorge Island (the Brown Island)

    With 54 kilometers in length and 6.9 in maximum width, São Jorge Island , in the Azores, has a cigar-like shape and looks like a chain of volcanic reliefs stretched from North-east to South-east. Its total area of 243.9 km2 is inhabited by roughly 9,000 people. More

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    Graciosa Island (the White Island)

    With 12.5 kilometers in length and 7 km in maximum width, Graciosa island has an elongated shape that extends from the north-west to the south-east. The 4,391 inhabitants (data from 2011) are distributed over the 60.66 km2 of surface. More

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    São Miguel Island (the Green Island)

    São Miguel Island is the largest in the Azores, with 62.1 km in length and 15.8 in maximum width. The area of 744.7 km2 hosts more than half of the Azorean population: 137,856 inhabitants More

  • Pico Island

    Pico Island (the Grey Island)

    Pico Island is the second largest in the Azores Archipelago, with a surface area of 444.9 km2. Dominated by the volcano of the mountain of Pico, located in its western half, the island is 8,3 km from its closest neighbour (Faial), and is populated by 14,148 inhabitants More

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    Faial Island (the Blue Island)

    With 19.8 km in length and 14 km in maximum width, the 173.1 km2 of surface of Faial, Azores have an almost pentagonal shape. It is the third most inhabited island in the archipelago, with 14,994 residents. More

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What to see and do in the Azores