Where are the Azores?

Where are the Azores?

These exotic islands belong to Portugal, but are they actually located in Portugal? Where are the Azores?

These are the first questions most people ask themselves when considering an island trip here. The nine islands that make up the Azores archipelago are indeed part of Portugal (although they are officially an autonomous region), but they are located not in continental Europe, but over 1300 kilometers away from Portugal, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Inhabited for over 2000 years, the archipelago was colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Settlers were enchanted by the luxuriant vegetation of the volcanic island, as well as the lush pastures with scented exotic flowers and the sweet endemic fruits. These delights still attract tourists from all around the world today.

The largest city and the capital of the archipelago is Ponta Delgada, at the heart of the spectacular Sao Miguel Island (the biggest of the nine). This cosmopolitan town reminds the tourist that this is Portugal after all (even though away from “homeland”). The language spoken is Portuguese, although seen as tourism is the main industry, the locals are well-versed in English and quite eager to welcome you to the island and help out. The currency used is the Euro.

Besides, Ponta Delgada displays a European air and typical Portuguese architecture and boasts with excellently preserved beaches and exclusive accommodations alongside more traditional options available in the picturesque nearby villages. As expected, the service industry is developed here and in terms of transport, Azores airport transfers stand out as the best conveyance option.

The Azores have been nominated for best European destinations for 2016. If you ask us, we’ll say any prize would be well-deserved and if you want a different and exotic travel experience, then these nine enchanting islands should definitely make your list.