If you’re looking for an all out holiday or magnificent place to discover head over to the archipelago of Azores, and autonomous region of Portugal situated in the mid-Atlantic. There are 9 islands in all and will blow your mind away with incredible landscapes, green pastures, fishing villages, and beaches. In addition to the geographical wonders The Azores also has a rich culture and heritage and you can visit museums and cultural centers as well.
Let’s look deeper into several of the Azores Islands:
Santa Maria is famous for her white sand beaches and dry warm weather. The island is in the eastern cluster of the Azores archipelago and the southernmost island in the Azores. There are several standout natural features in Santa Maria:
Also known as the yellow island, or the Island of the Sun, Santa Maria got this name because its high, dry climate gives the vegetation a yellowish hue.
The volcanic landscape beholds the formation of the barreiros, or clay terrains, of bright red and orange colors. There are also many other gorgeous natural locations on the island including Poço da Pedreira, Cabrestantes Bay, the waterfall of Ribeira do Maloás, Cascata do Aveiro, and the Ponta do Castelo.
Cré, Raposo and Tagarete Bays are just three examples of magical coastlines of Santa Maria. Their rocky headlands combines with crystal clear waters are absolutely breathtaking. Known as the clearest beach of the Azores, Formosa beach features white sand and white sedimentary rocks and intense sunshine as well. The beach is guarded by the São João Baptista Fort ruins.
Sao Miguel, or ‘the green island’ because of its extensive green fields and trees, it is the largest and most populated Azores island. Home to the archipelago’s largest city, Ponta Delgada, the island has about 140,000 residents.
São Miguel has many beautiful lakes that are nestled in volcanic craters. The most popular of these lakes lies in Sete Cidades and can be seen the best from the Visat do Rei lookout point. The Fire Lake, or Lagoa do Fogo has a wilder nature surrounding it. There are so many of these crater lakes each with its own uniqueness and beauty.
The coastline of Sao Miguel includes black basalt headlands, high lush green cliffs, small inlets, and beaches covered in volcanic sand. Some of the islands southern and more busy beaches include Pópulo, Vinha da Areia and Ribeira Quente, but there are also many more secluded and intimate beaches to visit as well. Capelas, Calhetas and Lagoa are areas on the island with natural ponds and swimming pools to enjoy but visitors must make sure to visit Ponta da Ferraria, natural volcanic hot springs.
Terceira, or the purple island, is the second most inhabited island of the Azores. The island has four stratovolcanoes that overlap and are built over the Terceira Rift. At the islands’ center lies the Cauldron of Guilherme Moniz, which has a 15 kilometer diameter formed by the eruption of the Algar do Carvao volcano.
Terceira also represents the largest area of native forest in the archipelago. The lush forest green of the island’s interior gives way to the colourful houses of Terceira’s human population.
The most popular beach is Praia da Vitória but there are many more headlines and bays boasting magnificent scenic views such as Quatro Ribeiras, of Salga, of Mina or of Fanal.
Stay tuned for more about the stunning Azores Islands. Discover the beauty of Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo as well.