How do you describe the Azores Islands?
The Azores Islands are best described in one word: magical.
They are not magical in the sense of the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World! They are thousands of miles away from that hustle and bustle. And they are an entirely different kind of magic. It is the kind of magic that only mother nature can create. Volcanic eruptions over thousands of years have served to create an Archipelago of unique islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
These islands remain a largely undiscovered gem in the middle of Atlantic Ocean. They are not over run by tourists and maintain an old world charm.
I first discovered the Azores when I was still a teenager in the late 1980's. I traveled there with my father and mother and immediately came to love the unique characteristics of the islands. I have been to the Acores many times and each time I have been amazed by the beauty.
So how did I find the Azores?
My dad, Joe, immigrated to Canada with his parents, brothers and sisters in 1958. He never returned until the 1980's when he went over with my mom. A few years later I went over for my first trip to the Islands with mom and dad.
I was captivated by the view of the Atlantic Ocean from everywhere on the island. I loved the seemingly ancient cobblestone streets, unique buildings with tile roofs, the rugged landscape created by volcanic eruptions (the volcanoes are still active), the copious amount of green vegetation, and the star filled night skies.
And I still remember the first time I saw the Calderas in Furnas. Seeing the ground continuously boiling was beyond my belief. It made me a little nervous to tell you the truth!
This was the first of many fantastic trips that I took to the Islands.
Each trip that I have gone on has been a new experience. It never gets old since there is so much to see and do. Once you've read this page, please read more about why I love the Azores Islands
And now I want to share the Azores with you!
My extended family now accounts for at least a hundred Acores Vacations. Together we have explored the islands. I am building this website so that we can share our experiences with you.
We have climbed the mountainous terrain and hiked on the volcano's craters.
We have lounged on the beaches and snorkeled in Ocean.
We have explored the villages and towns. We have sampled the wines and tried the restaurants and cafes.
Each of us have hundreds, if not thousands of pictures of these magical islands. Pictures of places like this Acores Island lookout in San Miguel.
This picture is taken from the rim of one of the volcanic craters on the islands. And yes, that's a village down below. Quite a nice little town with a great hotel, nice park and lots of interesting sites including the calderas I mentioned already.
These Islands have so much to offer:
- Great views where ever you go
- hiking: around volcanic craters, along the coastline, through farmers fields, and all kinds of unique spots
- Beaches: the popular ones and the cosy secluded ones
- Festivals: There sure are plenty of festivals on these islands
- Scuba diving and snorkeling
- Sailing: A fantastic way to see the Islands (and dolphins and whales)
- Whale and Dolphin watching
- Golf and Tennis
- Horseback Riding
- Shopping (don't worry, we'll tell you where to find the shops!)
- ... and so much more!
I will be writing about my experiences and inviting my extended family to contribute as well. Please let me keep you up to date on that by subscribing my monthly Magical Azores Islands Newsletter (click here to go to subscription page).
Thanks for your interest!
Rob Belchior (your unofficial guide to the Acores!)
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- Azores Weather is best described as moderate. It never gets anywhere near freezing but can get quite hot in the summer. Mainly it is mixed weather where you can have a day that is sunny and
- Azores Climate
- The Azores Climate is quite mild all year round. You will never see snow there unless you climb a mountain. And the summers are nice, but not excessively hot.
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- Use this online azores map to zoom in, zoom out and explore each of the nine Azores Islands. All in one web page!
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- Finding the Azores Location on a map of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Flights to the Azores
- Flights to the Azores. Because the Azores islands are undiscovered (not overrun by tourists), there are limited direct flights.
- Accommodation in Azores
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- The Azores Photos collection on Magical Azores Islands are from a variety of sources and is growing constantly. See why the Azores are such an enchanting place
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- Azores Photo Gallery - a small sample of the three thousand pics I took on my last vacation to the Azores Islands. More and more are added to the site each month
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- The Azores Islands form a unique archipelego in the Atlantic Ocean. Each Island is distinct and worth a visit. All are a step back in time with old world charm
- Discover the Azores and all the reasons we love these beautiful islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
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- Sao Miguel Azores is the green island of the acores islands. It is the largest and most populous of the islands and highly recommended for first time visitors
- Faial Azores is one of Nine Magical Azores Islands. It's main city, Horta, is well known for its harbour and marina. This island has had the most recent volcanic eruption of all the islands
- Pico Azores
- Pico Azores is an island with a magnificent mountain formed by volcanic eruption. This mountain is the tallest in all of Portugal and offers a magical view of the central group of islands. Pico is als
- Terceira Azores
- Terceira Azores, the 3rd Azores Island, is a magical place to visit in the Azores Archipelago. There is much to experience including touring towns with 16th century architecture, caves, beaches &more
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- Santa Maria Acores is one of nine beautiful Islands in the stunning Azores archipelago. Find out everything you want to know about this beautiful island
- Graciosa Island
- Graciosa Island is the Island of the Calm. You would never know, or guess, that it has a mysterious hot spot that is unique in all of the planet. Would you?
- Sao Jorge Island
- Sao Jorge Island is a long and narrow island with tall cliffs and Fajas at their base. This Azores island is a hikers paradise
- The Island of Corvo, Azores, is the most western spot of all of Europe. It is very remote and isolated and a great place to get away from it all.
- The Island of Flores is a small island that has the westernmost town in all of Europe. It is a beautiful spot with high peaks, waterfalls, and lots of flowers thanks to the climate
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- Holidays to the Azores: why you should, and should not go on a vacation to the Azores Islands. The Azores are wonderful but they are not for everyone
- Azores Whale Watching
- Azores Whale Watching is among the best in the world. The best opportunities are from Sao Miguel and Pico
- Azores Sailing
- Azores Sailing can be a wonderful experience. You will get a great view of the Island(s), will probably come across whales and dolphins, and will experience a sense of calm. That was my experience!
- Surf Azores
- Surf Azores. Looking for a surfing vacation? Consider going to the Azores
- Azores Beaches
- There are numerous Azores Beaches for you to enjoy. Visit this page for a few pictures of typical beaches from the Azores Islands
- Azores Real Estate
- Azores Real Estate is widely available on all of the islands. There is quite a variety of properties for sale in the Azores including old country estates, modern new homes, apartments, and more
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- Azores Airport Information. A few pictures and some info about the airports in the Azores
- Azores Tourism
- Azores Tourism information. The Azores are a beautiful location with lots to see and do
- Azores Hiking
- Azores Hiking is a great experience at any time of the year. The trails are set in scenic locations and are at all levels of difficulty.
- Portugal Azores and Madeira
- Portugal Azores and Madeira resources and information for areas outside of the Azores.
- Pico Azores Map
- This Pico Azores Map shows the island of Pico.
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- Azores Restaurants reviewed. Share your favourite spots and read about other spots to check out
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