Where are the Azores - Discover where are the Azores islands
The Azores archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean comprises of 9 beautiful islands of Sao Miguel Island, Pico Island, Faial Island, Terceira Island, and Santa Maria Island located in Portugal. Here is a little guide that answers the question "Where are the Azores"?
The Azores are divided into three groups: the central (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial islands), the eastern (Sao Miguel and Santa Maria islands), and the western (Flores and Corvo islands).
The islands all have their own unique features and you would not want to miss one. The island is located in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, 1500 kilometers from Lisbon and 3900 kilometers from the East coast of North America.
Sao Miguel which is the largest of the nine islands is only about 80 kilometers long by 15 kilometers wide. Corvo which is the smallest island is 6.5 by 4 kilometers with about 400 inhabitants. So they are both far away and small as well.
As a tourist, you would be moved by the emerald green and sapphire blue lakes, lush green vegetation, fertile prairies, volcanic cones and craters that abound the Azores.
The Islands have the benefit of enjoying year-round mild temperatures (between 14'C and 22'C'57'F and 71'F) and inhabitants whom may not have known industrial pollution for a very long time.
The Azorean waters are as deep as 1km with lots of marine life which makes it a base for big-game fishing fans and tourist.
Some of the different families of Pisces that have been found there are Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, the occasional Yellow Fin, the Blue Eye Tuna, and Swordfish with various kinds of Sharks as Hammerhead etc with abundant smaller tuna species, Wahoo, Dorado, Blue Fish and Barracuda. It is also home to friendly gigantic dolphins and whales like Bottlenose. Some popular and most productive banks for fishing are Princess Alice bank, Azores bank, Condor bank and the North coast of Faial.
Santa Maria Island
This island is home to one of the best places for water sports facilities. It has superb manor houses and is home to Nossa Senhora dos Anjos Chapel (where Columbus' crew prayed).
The island of Santa Maria is exciting because its weather and terrain make altogether unique and different from another island due to the deep, crystal clear waters. A good spot for spearfishing.
Sao Miguel Island
This Island is the largest of them all and has Ponta Delgada as the capital. It has a number of museum and monuments with most of them built between the 16th and the 18th century. Carlos Machado Museum, churches of Sao Pedro, Sao Sebastiao, Sao Jose, Colegio and Nossa Senhora da Conceicao; convent and chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperanca and Santa Ana Chapel.
It also homes to Palaces such as Fonte Bela and Santa Ana; Casa de Carlos Bicudo and the Pacos do Concelho to name a few.Other places you would like to visit are Caldeira das Sete Cidades-the great green and blue lakes; Lagoa do Fogo; Ribeira Grande; Vale das Furnas (spas and hot mineral pools) and Vila Franca do Campo.
Terceira is the third largest after Sao Miguel and Pico. Angra do Heroismo which serves as the historic center of its capital has been classified in UNESCO's International Heritage list.
Palaces located here are palaces of the Bettencourts (Baroque) and of the Capitaes-Generais; the Cathedral, with its silver altar front and treasure; the churches of Colegio dos Jesuitas, the Angra museum, and forts of Sao Sebastiao and Sao Joao Baptista (16th-17th-centuries).
Attractions here are different manor houses, beautiful mother-churches such as Santo Cristo Church (16th century), Cruz da Barra (Manueline) and Ethnographic House. Also, we have different caves and an underground lake.
This pentagonal island of Faial is most beautiful out of the whole nine islands.
Here in Horta, we have yacht harbor and different churches with impeccable tiles and gilded carvings reminiscent of the 17th and 18th century. Museum, natural reserve, caves and chapel of character are all present on this island.
Pico is dominated by volcanic exhumes. Here, fly fishing is very popular.It was named after the 7713 ft high volcanic cone. Present on this Island are beautiful winery manor houses, the whale and wine museums, natural reserves and different churches 18th-century churches of Sao Roque and Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Here, fly fishing is very popular.
Sao Jorge Island
The main town of this island is Velas which has a fishing port. One can admire its manor houses, the churches of Sao Jorge (17th century), and Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Town Hall (Azorian Baroque) and 18th-century walls.There are a lot of attractions you would not want to miss on this island.
In Flores Island, you will find different manors, churches as well as Ethnographic Museums. Trips to Ribeira Grande Waterfall, to the Gruta dos Enxareus (by boat) and to Lagoas (seven lakes surrounded by flowers) would also make your journey here memorable.
It is the smallest of the whole islands and also could pass for a peaceful sanctuary.
In Vila Nova do Corvo, narrow cobblestone streets and the Church of Nossa Senhora dos Milagres. In Caldeirao (enormous volcanic crater), there are two lakes with nine small islands, just like the archipelago.