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It’s all about the weather – a brief introduction to the Azores climate

Life on most small islands is governed greatly by the weather. Farmers and fishermen live and work according to the seasons, while the cultural aspects of island life (such as festivals and celebrations) are often centred around the annual changes in the local weather. The Azores are

Climbing Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain

The sight of a mountain, especially a classic volcano which rises sharply from the sea to a conical peak, is one that for most of us is something worth travelling to witness. But for many people merely standing at ground level and enjoying the view of the

An Introduction to Terceira

Although its name literally means ‘third’, Terceira is the Azores’ second island, at least in terms of population. It derived its rather mundane name from the fact that it was the third island discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, despite originally being named the Island

Far from the madding crowds (and then some)

Heidi Fuller-love enjoys a two-centre holiday in the Azores Ponta Delgada’s airport is a tiny white dot in an angry froth of sea when we veer out of the clouds and land on a windswept strip of tarmac. Stepping from the plane we stare around us at

Volcanic pleasures of Sao Miguel

Black-clad figures toil with man-size pinchers in a thick steam that rises from the barren soil. ‘Beware! Boiling water!’ exclaim signs all around them. It could be a scene from hell, but it’s actually a vignette of everyday life on the friendly, fertile Island of Sao Miguel.

Above par: Golf holidays in the Azores

While mainland Portugal has long been a popular destination for golf holidays, the golf courses of the Azores have remained something of a hidden secret. And yet the consistently mild climate, the lush landscapes and the lack of crowds make the islands’ three courses very popular with

Top 7 attractions of the Azores

The Azores offer a wide variety of activities and attractions for the steady stream of people who visit the islands each year. With nine islands spread over a wide expanse of the Atlantic, each one with its own character and its own unique attractions, holidays to the

A three-island holiday in the Azores: Sao Miguel – Terceira – Sao Jorge

The Azores archipelago is made up of 9 Islands: Corvo, Flores, Faial, Pico, Graciosa, Santa Maria, Terceira, Sao Jorge and the largest of Sao Miguel, formed by the clashing of three tectonic plates in the middle of the Atlantic. Each of these islands is unique and beautiful

Take a hike: 5 great places to go for a walking holiday

Walking holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years. The chance to experience a country at a gentle pace and to have the opportunity for a natural interaction with local people are just two reasons why so many people choose to spend a big chunk of their

Cheese and wine of the Azores

Food and wine form an important part of a holiday experience for many travellers. While the Azores are rightly singled out for their natural wonders and the diversity of the wildlife in the surrounding Atlantic waters, the islands’ rich agricultural traditions have resulted in a legacy of food and