THE AZORES  – Exploring Europe’s Secret Haven

THE AZORES – Exploring Europe’s Secret Haven

The Azores, a beautiful group of nine archipelago islands located in the North Atlantic ocean, about 1500km west from Lisbon, Portugal and nearly 4000km east of from the east coast of North America.

A magical and inspiring location offering visitors stunning landscapes from cascading waterfalls, volcanic explorations, to spectacular lakes and thermal springs.

In recognition of the preservation and protection of the islands environment and natural resources, UNESCO awarded the Azores a Biosphere Reserve in 2009, helping to maintain the beauty of this secret haven. The Azores were also named as the world’s top destination for sustainable tourism by Quality Coast, a European Commission supported certification programme, and the only place in the world to receive a Platinum Award.
The origin of the Azores is founded upon 1766 volcanoes, which are clustered into nine Azorean islands. These are Flores and Corvo, to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial in the centre;  with São Miguel, Santa Maria, and the Formigas Reef to the east. Each offering visitors something different.

The mountain of Pico, is the highest mountain of Portugal, at 2,351 metres (7,713 ft.) above sea level, and is one of the highest Atlantic mountains; it is more than twice the elevation of any other peak in the Azores.

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