Azores: Travel and tourism

Museu da Horta
Museu da Horta
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.
Pousada de Santa Cruz Pousada de Santa Cruz
$$$$ (100 to 150 euros)

Set in Forte de Santa Cruz, a 16th century fortress built over the Horta bay and classified as a National Monument since 1947, this pousada offers a magnificent view of the Pico Island and the famous marina.

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