Tour de Portugal: Azores

The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of 9 volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, located about 1,500 km (930 miles) west of Lisbon.
Renowned for world-class whale watching, hot mineral springs, and quaint seaside towns, each island has its own fascinating identity.
São Miguel is the largest island of the Azores and is known as “The Green Island” while Pico is home to the highest mountain in Portugal.

Souostroví Azory se skládá z devíti sopečných ostrovů v Atlantském oceánu a nachází se asi 1500 km západně od Lisabonu.
Je proslulé velmi příznivými podmínkami pro pozorování velryb, horkými minerálními prameny a malebnými městečky na pobřeží. Každý z ostrovů je úplně jiný.
Největším je São Miguel, známý také jako „Zelený ostrov“. Na ostrově Pico zase můžeme najít nejvyšší horu Portugalska.

 

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Sete Cidades Lake: “One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. These lakes can be seen from the Vista do Rei (King’s View) Lookout, named after King D. Carlos and Queen D. Amélia to celebrate their visit to the island in 1901.”
Barreiro da Faneca
Barreiro da Faneca: “A semi-desert, arid and clayish landscape, red in colour, it is usually called “red desert”. This is a unique protected landscape area of the Azores of approximately 8.35 square km, and includes the Bays of Raposo, Tagarete and Cré.”
Caldeirão Lookout
Caldeirão Lookout: “A 300-metre deep crater with a diameter of 2.3 km. Some say that, inside, you can see the outline of the nine islands of the Azores.”
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Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo: “A nature reserve and special ecological area, it is considered to be a sanctuary for body boarding and surfing. It is the only place in the archipelago where clams (Tapes decussatus), a local delicacy, grow.”
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Vila Franca do Campo Islet: “A nature reserve located approximately one km away from the coast, it features a salt water inlet inside. A popular spot for visitors during the summer.”
Pico da Esperança
Pico da Esperança: “1,053-metres high, this is the highest peak of São Jorge from where one can see the other islands of the central group.”
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Poço do Bacalhau: “Located in Fajã Grande, this is a small pool at the bottom of a 90-metre high waterfall, where it is possible to swim.”
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Serra do Cume Lookout: “From here, you can enjoy a view over the bay of Praia da Vitória and the flat interior of the island divided by walls of volcanic stone known as “patchwork”.
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Sete Lagoas: “Located inside the caldera of Flores, these seven lakes names are connected to their features and to the landscape: Lagoa Funda (Deep Lake), Lagoa Branca (White Lake), Lagoa Seca (Dry Lake), Lagoa Comprida (Long Lake), Lagoa Rasa (Shallow Lake), Lagoa da Lomba (Crest Lake) and Lagoa Negra (Black Lake). The latter is 100 metres deep.”
St. Lourenço Bay
Baía de São Lourenço: “Shaped like an amphitheatre and surrounded by vineyards planted up the slope, it features a beach and tidal pools which are enjoyed by many visitors during the summer.”

 

Sources: https://www.visitazores.com/en

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