Azores: Travel and tourism

Nine islands of volcanic origin lie in the Atlantic at 850 kilometres from mainland Portugal (and 1200 km from New York): not yet spoilt by tourism, their varied, peaceful and often breath-taking scenery largely compensates the cloudy, often rainy climate: mild in the Summer, subtropical in the Winter.

The archipelago is divided into three groups of islands. The Eastern Group includes Santa Maria, with sandy beaches and green hills, and São Miguel, where the most important economic centre of this Autonomous Region, the city of Ponta Delgada, is situated.

In the Central Group, five islands (Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial) offer the visitor a variety of interesting sights: from the hot steaming geysers in Terceira to the volcanic peak in the island of Pico, rising 2341 metres above the Atlantic, and to the well known yachting port of the city of Horta, in the island of Faial.

The Western Group includes the more remote islands of Flores (whose name comes from the variety of flowers growing in a mountainous scenery) and Corvo, the smallest island (17 square kilometres), on top of a marine volcano with calm lakes and a green crater.

In Azores, life still goes on at an unhurried pace and Nature offers its best: the two main ingredients for some relaxed holidays.
Hotel Vila Nova Hotel Vila Nova
Ponta Delgada
$$$$ (100 to 150 euros)

Vila Nova Hotel is located in the historical centre of Ponta Delgada, close to the Esperança Convent. All rooms are air conditioned and have cable TV and free Wi-Fi internet acess.

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