The Azores are home to Portugal’s tallest mountain peak, the only tea plantations in Europe, dozens of crater lakes, miles of rocky coastlines, and some 6,000 pineapple plantations.
Direct flights to the Azores from Boston are available only through Azores Express/ SATA. For information and reservations, call Azores Express at 800-762-9995, or visit: www.sata.pt.
The islands were created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, giving them a landscape that is varied and often dramatic. Rocky cliffs, crater lakes, geysers, waterfalls and lava caves are all remnants of Mother Nature’s touch, and all make for excellent exploring opportunities.
The Azores’ year-round mild climate gives the islands a fresh, springlike quality. No matter what the weather is back home, it’s always between 57 and 71 degrees F in the Azores.
It's not for the faint of heart… there’s definitely a thrill to this chase!
One local favorite is found on the main island of São Miguel just outside the town of Furnas. Operated by AzoresGolf, this nine-hole course was built in 1939 and designed by architects MacKenzie Ross. The architects Cameron & Powell designed another nine holes.
Azores to get new ferry boats for inter-island links
And, in those nine islands the 7,700-foot peak of Pico island rises above the green, sculptured landscape to the highest peak in all of Portugal. With a wild and lava strewn countryside perfect for hiking, UNESCO world Heritage vineyards, and some of the best whale watching in the world, Pico is Portugal’s high point.
The Regional Government acquired about 265 acres of pasture and forest and removed tons of pollutants including plastics, tires , cars obsolete scrap and packaging pollutants . They also eradicated invasive plants , while another 34 acres of pasture land were reforested by the owners .
Flores flô´riz, Port. flô´r [symbol] sh) , island (pop. 4,435), 58 sq mi (150 sq km, the most westerly of the Azores, Portugal. Santa Cruz is its chief town. Cattle raising is the main industry.