ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Azores – North Atlantic’s Hidden Jewel

Updated on November 20, 2013
Azores | Source

Azores Islands is said to be full of wonders, which is why it is considered as a treasure of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is located 900 miles west of Portugal and 1, 200 miles southeast of Newfoundland. This place is not very much populated as it is very remote to most people. In fact, it is an independent region of Portugal comprised of nine volcanic regions that are clustered together.

Azorez' oldest city of Angra do Heroísmo's Port


cobble-stoned street of Azores


Although Azores Island is not so popular to a lot of people, it has a tremendous marine life and beautiful natural landscapes. It also has the most captivating beaches, which offer the best spot for sailing, surfing, and swimming. The most popular activity in the place is star-gazing and nature watching. If you ask anyone about how distinct it is from the mainland, you will most likely to hear, “You know you are in Azores when you breathe the air."

The archipelago has so much to offer to those who are lucky enough to visit it. It would be wiser for anyone to begin an Azores' adventure from the Eastern island of Sao Miguel. Aside from the wonderful views, this island will also greet you with striking landmarks, lava walks, and perpetuating cobblestones.

What is your first impression of this place?

See results
Azores, Portugal

get directions

Azoress composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Furnas' famous hot springs


Furnas spring water



One of the best things that will truly capture your imagination is the civil parish of Furnas, which features a spectacular view of the mountains. When you reach the place, you can relax in their famous hot-springs. If you are touring with a group, you can enjoy a simple picnic with boiled eggs and potatoes. Since you are free to do anything, you can also dig on the ground and try cooking meat or fish from the volcanic steam. After excursing the area, you may head out to the lake and find yourself a spot to relax and enjoy the scenic view of flowers and wildlife.

Kayaking in Sete Cidades famous lake

How prepping up for kayak feels like


Sete Cidades

Also known as the Seven Cities, this tourist destination is another praiseworthy wonder of nature. If you reach the place, you will find the most scenic twin lake of all the islands. It is perfectly situated within the volcano’s crater creating a bone-thrilling yet pleasurable feeling to visitors. You would also be delighted with the settlement and fields that surround the impressive crater including lovely flowers known as hydrangea.

Aside from the lakes, settlement and fields also surround the impressive crater including lovely flowers, which are mostly the famous hydrengea. You can hike all the way to the crater to take some photographs, which will surely be bursting with vibrant colors. Some resorts in the area also offer great kayak experience around one of the lakes, so you can enjoy your tour to the fullest.

The captivating view of Sete Cidades' twin lakes, which you certainly cannot resist


Cliff jumping


Ponta de Ferraria's refreshing bay


Ponta de Ferraria

Located at the easternmost part of Azores is the beautiful beach of Ponta de Ferraria. Technically, it is a hot spring in the ocean which is something you will find quite rare. According to researchers, its water comes from a spring within the sea bed so it normally hot. Visitors who visit Azores would always drop by this beach just to see its unbelievable wonders. The ocean’s swimming area has already been refined with certain improvements to remove the massive rocks. It now has safety steps, walkways, and ladders to make tourists convenient and happy. For those who love to feel an adrenaline rush, you can dive into the high cliff and find your way into the hot ocean waters.

Azores is not just a magical place for locals and foreigners, it has always been considered as a dream destination for almost all of the people in the world.

Ponta de Ferraria Beach's iconic view from the top


Fast Fact

Azores used to be a top supplier of quality oranges to the mainland but a devastating disease wiped out their plantation. There are some places in Azores though that have preserved their industries and you can visit some of them, most especially the island of San Miguel.

Tips when visiting to Azores

  • Always book a reservation before going to Azores so that you can have a wonderful spot once you reach the place.
  • Travel light and check your things before leaving.
  • Make a phone call or email the hotel where you have booked to confirm that you are coming.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      This is amazing. I want to visit them place someday. I have ancestors that came from there!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)