Nine islands make up the Azores, an archipelago in total harmony with nature and the sea.
Of volcanic origin, the islands of the Azores were probably discovered in 1427 by Diogo Silves, although there is some uncertainty. Located in the North Atlantic, about 1,600 km from the European continent, the Azores has numerous protected areas, parks and nature reserves, as well as protected species. Green is the dominant color and this is the ideal destination for nature tourism.
Most of the towns and cities of the islands have close ties to the sea. For many centuries, Angra do Heroísmo, the main city on Terceira Island, was a strategic military port for the Azores and Portugal, having developed around this activity. One clear evidence of this is the numerous fortresses built to defend the island and which still exist today. Its historical center – rich in traditional architecture, has been considered a UNESCO World Heritage since 1983.
Fishing also plays an important role in the islands. For many years, whaling was the main activity of the region and as a result there are several museums dedicated to this industry, such as the Whale Museum in Lajes.
Ponta Delgada also presents a great wealth of architectural heritage, starting with the gates to the city. In São Miguel you can find one of the most important attractions of the Azores, the Lagoa das Sete Cidades. Located on the west side of the island, this is the largest natural freshwater reservoir in the Azores, which occupies an approximate area of ??4 square kilometers. It is characterized by its double coloration, a lake in blue tone and another in green, being surrounded by an immense natural beauty.
A land of simple and friendly people, the Azores have a varied and quality cuisine. Fish is abundant and many dishes are made with tuna, gilthead or swordfish. The meat is equally excellent, a product that bases the traditional rump on the island Terceira. And, of course, the cheese of the island of São Jorge that is famous in all the islands of the Azores and in Continental Portugal.