Região Autónoma dos Açores Travel Guide

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Região Autónoma dos Açores Highlights

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     Safe , friendly , cheap and beautiful. 

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     The ingenuity of the turist operators in general. 

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Ponta Delgada

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Ilha de São Miguel

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192,627,12

Ilha Terceira

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Ilha de Santa Maria

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Ilha do Pico

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24,39,0

Angra do Heroísmo

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25,49,4

Ribeira Grande

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Ilha das Flores

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21,39,0

Furnas

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10,58,1

Ilha do Faial

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17,33,0

Horta

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4,9,7

Ilha de São Jorge

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8,22,0

Ribeira Quente

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Ribeira Grande

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Vila Franca do Campo

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5,47,0

Rabo de Peixe

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2,4,0

Achada

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2,11,0

Sete Cidades

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Sete Cidades

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2,3,0

Nordeste

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2,51,1

Ilha Graciosa

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6,25,0

São Jorge

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3,9,0

Lagoa das Furnas

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1,3,0

Arrifes

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0,3,0

Ponta Delgada

See all 133 Ponta Delgada Tips
  • Carvão Cave

    Ponta Delgada Off The Beaten Path

    This is the largest lavic tunnel of the Azores, and perhaps the only one in the world inside a town: more than 1km length and 13m width. To visit this regional monument, you need to contact the Ecologic Association "Amigos dos Açores".Este é o túnel lávico mais longo dos Açores e talvez o único no mundo dentro de uma cidade: mais de 1 km de...

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  • Vila Nova Hotel

    Ponta Delgada Hotels

    Vila Nova Hotel is a relatively small hotel in the center of Ponta delgada and a really good choice...

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  • Bus from the airport to downtown

    Ponta Delgada Transportation

    Unfortunatelly there is no a public transportation linking Ponta Delgada to the airport. Nowadays, there is a shuttle bus provided by UTC company.Anyway, if you go as far as the old airport building (1km away) you will find a bus stop. From this point to the city centre is 3 km. Besides local buses, line A minibus has a regular service, from 07:30...

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Ilha de São Miguel

  • Arruda Pineapple Plantation

    Ilha de São Miguel Things to Do

    Pineapple is our favourite fruit and is produced inside green houses.In Fajã de Baixo, a village situated only 5km from Ponta Delgada, you can visit some of these green houses in this private plantation.Visitors can find here information about the plantation of pineapple and are invited to drink a liquor of the fruit. Some handicraft is also...

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  • Caloura Hotel Resort

    Ilha de São Miguel Hotels

    I stayed at the Caloura for 8 nights in June 2007. The staff are professional and friendly, the...

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  • Praia das Milícias

    Ilha de São Miguel Things to Do

    This beach, also know as Praia Grande, is located in Rosto do Cão, Livramento village. It is about 3 km away from Ponta Delgada and is easily reached by public transportation. Beside it is another one, Praia Pequena or Praia do Pópulo, considerably smaller.Both beaches are served by two building. One houses changing rooms, toilets and showers; the...

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Ilha Terceira

See all 33 Ilha Terceira Tips
  • Negrito

    Ilha Terceira Things to Do

    Negrito has a small pool ideal for summer days. Besides that there is an old fortress and the youth hostel of the island.

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  • Bathing in Angra

    Ilha Terceira Things to Do

    In Angra there are at least two places where you can go for a swim at sea. The first is the small black sand beach in the centre of the city. The other option is Cais da Silveira a small concrete pear with some stairs to the sea and a small concrete beach. Both are protected places from waves.

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  • Lagoons

    Ilha Terceira Things to Do

    Terceira is like most azorean islands a place full of lagoons. However in here they are smaller and less interesting then, for instance, São Miguel. The most interesting lagoons are probably lagoa do Negro and Lagoa das Patas.There isn't an island with a lagoon without a legend beyind. Legend says that long, long time when the settlement in the...

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Ilha de Santa Maria

  • Perfectly Located Right on the Beach

    Ilha de Santa Maria Restaurants

    O Paquete is a bar and restaurant in the shape of a ship, located on a beautiful white sand beach Praia Formosa. It is quite a popular spot among visitors of Santa Maria, as for the visitors of the beach as well for those wishing to have a late night drink. You can get starters, soup, salads, meat, fish and seafood dishes, a great variety of crepes...

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  • Santa Bárbara

    Ilha de Santa Maria Things to Do

    East of Pico Alto lies the most picturesuqe village of the island, Santa Bárbara. Its lovely white houses with indigo blue lines (vertical, horizontal, around windows and doors) dispersed on the surrounding green slopes. For me, Santa Bárbara is the prettiest village of the island and I simply fell in love with its simplicity and charm. With its...

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  • Renting a Car

    Ilha de Santa Maria Transportation

    There are two ways to see the island. You can take a a tour around the island by taxi. It costed 60€ for four hours. I thought that was far too little time and quite expensive so I decided to rent a car. Antonío already arranged everything for me. After arrival to Santa Maria I phoned to the guy, Jorge Botelho. He brought the car to Valentina's...

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Ilha do Pico

See all 24 Ilha do Pico Tips
  • Bus

    Ilha do Pico Transportation

    Cristiano, Lda. is the bus company which operates in the island.Fax. 00.351.292622606Lines1. Piedade [06:15, 13:30] (13:15) - Madalena [10:00, 17:45] (09:30)2. Ribeirinha [05:40, 13:10] (12:45) - Madalena [10:00, 17:45] (09:30)Departing times[] - Working days.() - Sundays and holidays1. Piedade-Ribeirinha-Terra Alta-Santo Amaro-Rossio-Prainha de...

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  • Pico Mountain

    Ilha do Pico Things to Do

    This is the highest mountain of Portugal, with 2351m high. Climbing Pico mountain may be a reward for the magnificent views, that the altitude provides, of both Pico island and the other islands of the central group, although it is always advisable to be accompanied by a guide. When I travel to Faial Island from São Miguel Island, the plane passed...

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  • Go for a drive

    Ilha do Pico Things to Do

    Drive along the coast looking at rocks and blowholes. There are two offshore rocks named “Standing up” and “Laying down,” which is exactly how they look. Another looks like a dog's head. The “Small Port” is a gap in the rocks with a ramp that slopes down to the water. The barrels of wine were rolled down it to the waiting ships.

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Angra do Heroísmo

Ribeira Grande

  • Very nice restaurant with a seaview.

    Ribeira Grande Restaurants

    Restaurant Alabote is the best located restaurant in Ribeira Grande, right by the sea overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.I am a very big fan of the place and their excellent fish dishes.Their food is very local and they have some brilliant fish, cheese and suusage from the island.Staff there is very friendly and so is the owner.The place looks a little...

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  • Try the local liquor from Ribeira...

    Ribeira Grande Favorites

    Ribeira Grande has a liquor factory called "Mulher de capote" which means "the capote girl" referring to the dress that women used to wear on the island back in the old days.They produce many types of liquor and also produces brandy and Hard spirits.They have their factory in the outskirts of ribeira Grande, but they also have a little shop right...

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  • Visit the theater in Ribeira Grande.

    Ribeira Grande Things to Do

    Ribeira Grande has a real nice theater where you do not just have theater plays but also art exhebitions, concerts and various other culturally related things.The building is real pretty in itself and worth stopping at.If you wish to see what is going on in the theater while you are in town then it´s mostly dislayed on a board right by the...

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Ilha das Flores

  • Local Bus

    Ilha das Flores Transportation

    This island is served on working days by five bus lines provided by the company UTC.Esta ilha é servida nos dias úteis por 5 linhas de autocarro da companhia UTCLinha 1 Santa Cruz - Ponta Delgada [€1.5]Linha 2 Santa Cruz - Lajes [€2.29]Linha 3 Lajes - Fajã Grande [€2.04]Linha 4 Fajã Grande - Santa Cruz [€2.47]Linha 5 Santa Cruz - Fajã Grande...

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  • Boat to Corvo

    Ilha das Flores Transportation

    Besides the plane, you can reach Corvo Island by a small boat provided by Atanticoline or by some local private companies such as Hotel Ocidental, Cristino, and Lua Cheia. A return ticket costs from 20 to 30 EUR per person.If you go on a private boat, capacity 6 people, they must be full or you have to pay for the whole capacity: 150-180 EUR.For...

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  • Santa Cruz

    Ilha das Flores Things to Do

    This is the main village, where is located the airport and the main port of the Island. Places to visit:Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição - This is one of the most impressive church of the whole archipelago;Church of São Boaventura - This barroque church is part of a franciscan convent, which construction began around 1641;Museum of Flores -...

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Furnas

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  • Cozido das Furnas

    Furnas Restaurants

    This restaurant is located in the camping park, a quite place. All the scenery around it is very green.It is my favourite place to eat our traditional Cozido das Furnas. If you are not familiarized with this dish, it consists of three kind of meat (beef, pork and chicken), blood and meat pork sausages, yam, potatoes, carrots and cabbage. These...

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  • Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

    Furnas Hotels

    A very good hotel located in the picturesque valley of Furnas with view, connection and free...

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  • Parque Terra Nostra

    Furnas Things to Do

    The origin of this park comes back to 1780 when Thomas Hichkling, then the US vice-consul in São Miguel, built a summer residence. After the middle of the 19th century, the garden saw remarkable develompment, spurred by owners, the Visconts of Praia, and later the Bensaúde family. This swimming pool, whose contrucion was orderd by Vasco Bensaúde,...

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Ilha do Faial

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  • Botanical Garden

    Ilha do Faial Things to Do

    The Garden was opened in 1986, and features plants that are endemic to the Azores. There are sections for endangered species and medicinal plants also. It would be a very pleasant place on a sunny day. (Unfortunately, it began raining buckets just after we arrived, so I didn't see much of it and have no pictures.)

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  • Whaling Museum, Horta

    Ilha do Faial Things to Do

    This Whaling Factory opened in 1943, and operated until 1974. During its 30 years, the Factory processed 1,940 whales, and produced 44,000 barrels of whale oil. The Regional Government restored the facility and opened it as a museum in 2000. The whales were winched up a ramp and dismembered, and everything was processed. The most valuable product...

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  • Scrimshaw Museum & Peter's Cafe, Horta

    Ilha do Faial Things to Do

    Peter’s Café is a dark, crowded bar with ship’s flags from all over the world on the wall. It is also a local institution, and the place to go in Horta. The attraction for visitors, aside from the beer, is the scrimshaw museum upstairs. The Scrimshaw museum is an extensive private collection, divided by the subject matter of the carvings. Only 15...

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Horta

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Ilha de São Jorge

  • Sao Jorge to Pico

    Ilha de São Jorge Transportation

    If arriving on Sao Jorge was exciting, departing also hjas its merits. The ferry over to Pico takes around 30 minutes. The beautiful Velas harbour soon fades into the distance, as does the ridge of Sao Jorge, as the island of Pico approaches. If you're lucky and its clear. You get great views of the volcano.An added bonus is a spot of free whale...

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  • Terceira to Sao Jorge

    Ilha de São Jorge Transportation

    This is quite an adventure. As you come in to land at tiny Velas Airport, you can almost touch the mountain to your left, and to the right there is a stunning view across the channel to Pico and its superb volcano.Rumour has it, that sometimes the pilots take two or three goes to land, although we got down first time.The arrivals hall is not much...

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  • Velas

    Ilha de São Jorge Things to Do

    Velas is well worth a wander around, especially on a sunny day. The views over to neighbouring Pico, and its same named volcano are stunning.A nice walk is up to the summit of Morro Grande, the big hill just outside town. The views are marvellous (see my Sao Jorge home page for a typical one)

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Ribeira Quente

  • Beach of Fogo

    Ribeira Quente Things to Do

    Beloging to the Volcanic Complex of Furnas, many secondary manifestations occur in the submarine vents off the coast of Ribeira Quente. For this reason it is common to feel warm water under our feet when we touch these hotsprings.This beach bay, due to its natural protection against winds, is an amazing place to swimm and relax.A two storey...

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  • Fresh fried Chicharros

    Ribeira Quente Restaurants

    This restaurant is used to serve typical food, namely seafood. Here we don't find a great ambience, but a tasty food. They serve a good bread!Usually limpets and barnacles are available

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Ribeira Grande

  • Very nice restaurant with a seaview.

    Ribeira Grande Restaurants

    Restaurant Alabote is the best located restaurant in Ribeira Grande, right by the sea overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.I am a very big fan of the place and their excellent fish dishes.Their food is very local and they have some brilliant fish, cheese and suusage from the island.Staff there is very friendly and so is the owner.The place looks a little...

    more
  • Try the local liquor from Ribeira...

    Ribeira Grande Favorites

    Ribeira Grande has a liquor factory called "Mulher de capote" which means "the capote girl" referring to the dress that women used to wear on the island back in the old days.They produce many types of liquor and also produces brandy and Hard spirits.They have their factory in the outskirts of ribeira Grande, but they also have a little shop right...

    more
  • Visit the theater in Ribeira Grande.

    Ribeira Grande Things to Do

    Ribeira Grande has a real nice theater where you do not just have theater plays but also art exhebitions, concerts and various other culturally related things.The building is real pretty in itself and worth stopping at.If you wish to see what is going on in the theater while you are in town then it´s mostly dislayed on a board right by the...

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Vila Franca do Campo

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