About midway between the east coast of the United States and mainland Portugal sits the Azores, a collection of nine islands scattered over several hundred nautical miles. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores were once the one-and-only stopping-off point for ocean voyagers traveling between the two continents. Today, the Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal, even though they are more than 800 miles west of Portugal’s mainland. A direct flight from Boston to the Azores takes about four hour.
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The Laurissilva Forest of Madeira is a living remnant of an ancient laurel forest that once covered most of Europe. Today, it is the largest surviving laurel forest on earth. This forest type is only found in the Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.
Sagres Vacations offers an exclusive opportunity to capture Portugal’s historic scenery with renowned photographer Pete Souza
Gustave Eiffel really got around… In Portugal several famous public moment are attributed to his pen – many incorrectly. In fact, miss attribution to Eiffel ranks as the most common Portugal blooper after spelling the Douro River Duoro. Oddly, any steel structure that is gray seems to get labeled with his signature. So let’s play: Eiffel or no Eiffel!
Sao Martinho Summer is celebrated in November in Portugal. Its traditions include drinking red wine and eating chestnuts, that traditionally are cooked in Magusto - having a fire on the ground to roast the chestnuts, singing around it or face painting with the ashes.