10 things not to miss in the Azores
If you love nature and being outdoors, then the Azores is the place for you. Mild weather all year round and so much to see and do.
1. Whale Watching and swimming with dolphins.
2. Volcanic crater lakes in Sao Miguel Island - Sete Cidades, Lagoa do Fogo and Furnas.
3. Bathing in hot springs - Furnas, Caldheira Velha and Ferraira.
5. Kayaking in crater lakes
7. Horse riding
8. Visiting the tea plantations and the pineapple plantation.
9. Quad biking.
10. Scuba diving and snorkelling.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Whale Watching
- Family Travel
Visit lagoons and enjoy wonderful views
São Miguel comprises six volcanic zones, all are Quaternary in age except the last, which is partly Pliocene. From west to east these zones are: the trachyte stratovolcano of the Sete Cidades Massif; a field of alkali-basalt cinder cones and lava flows with minor trachyte; the trachyte stratovolcano of the Água de Pau Massif; a field of alkali-basalt cinder cones and lava flows with minor trachyte and tristanite; the trachyte stratovolcano of Furnas; and the Nordeste shield, which includes the Povoação caldera and consists of alkali basalt, tristanite and trachyte. Dormancy ages for these regions include: 400 year for Sete Cidades, 145 for zone 2, 1150 for Água de Pau, and 370 for Furnas, while eruptions in the Nordeste have not occurred in the past 3000 years.
Lagoa das sete cidades consists of two ecologically-different small-lakes connected by a narrow passage (and crossed by a bridge), located inside a dormant volcano on the western third of the island of São Miguel. The Lagoa das Sete Cidades part of a natural landscape of communitarian interest: it is the largest body of water in the region and one of the most important freshwater resources in the archipelago.Related to:
- National/State Park
Visit Furnas and eat a cozido
São Miguel Island, has been nicknamed "The Green Island". It is the largest and most populous island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Furnas is located in the easternmost of three active trachytic volcanoes on the island of São Miguel.
If you visit Furnas you must try the famous "cozido", a typical portuguese dish boiled under the earth. The cooking happens naturally due to the heat released by volcanic activity that exists within the earth. It takes about seven hours until all the meat and vegetables are well cookedRelated to:
- National/State Park
There are several companies that provide raft-like boats to go whale and dolphin watching. You should be refunded if you encounter neither, so don't forget to enquire after that (dolphins are usually spotted and are friendly - ie, they get near the boat while it is moving in high speed - but whales are difficult to see from PD. Saint Jorge is usually the best island to see them.) I paid about 40 euros for a 2 to 3 hour boat tour - saw lots of dolphins and a portuguese Man o' War, but no whales... it was great, none the less... not very good for those who get sea-sick, though...
In Porto Formoso there is the sole plantation of tea in Europe. Worth visit. They show you the plantation and the factory. In the end you can have some tea in the saloon. It is a refurbished old factory: interesting!
Located in the west of the island. It is a group of 3 lakes. I was not lucky with the weather ... imagine this with sun!!!
There is a history about the blue and the green lakes: it is said that a princess with blue eyes felt in love with a shepherd with green eyes. The king did not allow them to marry and they cried so much that from the princess tears was the Blue Lake and from the shepherd eyes the Green Lake. Today you can not see the difference of the two colours in the lakes because lots of plants that grew in the botton of both lakes
Natural swiming pools
People in Azores call this a "natural swiming pool". There are some stairs built in the sea and everybody go there for a swim. And they swim all year long: summer and also winter. The sea is not that cold. I loved the temperature of the water here
Gin And Tonics.
Faial provides three unbeatable "must do's":
the view of Pico Island, the Capelinhos Vulcano, and Peter's Café Sport Gin And tonics.
So: go in the afternoon to see the vulcano, return to the city of Horta, ask for a Gin and tonics at Peter's and seat outside watching Pico fading away with the end of the day.
- Whale Watching
- Budget Travel
Dolphin and whale watching
From the Capital Ponta Delgada we went on Dolphin and Whale safari in small fast rubber boat. We were lucky enough to see hundreds of Dolphins on close range , playing around the boat . We also saw two large Ocean Turtles and lots of seabirds , but no whales this time , however the guide said he`s seen ten three days ago.Related to:
- Whale Watching
In the town Furnas 45 km from Ponta Delgada , we found this wonderful Spa bath , with vulcanic heated water , very rich on Iron and minerals . It is said that everyone who baths in this place will become 20 years younger.Here you will find a luxcery Spa hotel , founded by the American Viceconsul and buisnesman Thomas Hickling (1745-1834 )Related to:
- Spa and Resort
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Portas da Cidade
The place with the statue and the city gate is called Praca Goncalo Velho Cabral after the islands first Governor and discoverer of the island. If you ever should walk through the city gates , Portas da Cidade , your in good company . All Royal and prominent persons start their visit in Ponta Delgada by walking through theese gates , from Dom Pedro 4 and Dom Carlos to Soares.Related to:
- Family Travel
I'll recommend four islands...
1- Sº Miguel
2 - Faial
3 - Pico
4 - Terceira
but you have 5 more to visit - Sta Maria, Graciosa, Sº Jorge, Flores and Corvo.
Sº Miguel is the most tourist and perhaps the most beautiful...but faial have a lot to see too, I don't know, pick the four.
In the east of the island there is hot water coming from the earth! the land is also hot and people cook "cozido" in the land. The cozido is cooked with the heat of the land in 6 hours
Villa Franca do Campo
In front of Vila Franca do Campo there is an interesting island where people go to swim. It is called Ileu da Vila. Take a boat in the marina. There are boats every 20 minutes during summer.
This beach is near Caloura: can you see it is almost empty? I was very surprised! and it was August!!!
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