Discover all there is to know about the archipelago known as the Azores! Located just a short flight away from the Portuguese mainland, this autonomous region is famous for its stunning natural beauty, fascinating history, delicious food and unique climate. From hiking to the highest peak at Mount Pico to its multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a grand adventure awaits every traveller, no matter which of its islands you visit.
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Begin your visit to the Azores at the Farol do Arnel lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse of the archipelago, on São Miguel Island. Then, take a car rental to a volcanic cave, where you’ll unearth the mysterious geological phenomenon of the deep underground. For a sizzling lunch or dinner experience, go to a Furnas or Terceira hot spring, and don’t forget to take a cheese tasting tour in Ponte Delgada or Pico to find out where 50% of Portugal’s cheese supply comes from.
AZORES TRAVEL GUIDE
Officially Portuguese, though English is spoken throughout the islands.
WHAT TO EAT
Enjoy a geothermal dinner with Cozido das Furnas. This stew requires different types of meats and vegetables to be lowered into a pot in the nearby volcanic soil, where it is cooked. Talk about a unique culinary experience!
If you’re feeling less adventurous, stick to the chicharros (fried mackerel) instead.
WHAT TO BRING BACK
There are certain handicrafts considered to be favoured among tourists visiting these islands such as wicker baskets, blue and white ceramics, fish-scale flowers, and fig tree pith carvings. Azorean jam and beer are also quite popular.
The Azores are composed of nine volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic, of which São Miguel is the largest. Interestingly, São Miguel is also the only place in the world where pineapples are grown in greenhouses!
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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