Travel to The Sustainable Azores

May 2016

You have probably heard of the Azores before, but do you have any idea where they actually are? Don’t feel bad, I didn’t either. When I first read about the destination, I just knew from the photographs I was seeing that someday I wanted to visit. After reading about the myriad of awards they’ve received for eco-friendly travel, the nine island archipelago became a priority. The award winning, sustainable Azores are in the north Atlantic ocean, almost 1000 miles off the coast of Portugal. I have a feeling that isolation is part of what makes them so special.

The eco-friendly Azores

Overview of Fogo Lake

Later this week I will make the direct flight from Boston to Terceira. We will be visiting 4 of the nine islands and along the way bringing you our explorations and adventures. Whale watching, hot springs, national parks and hiking are just a few of the activities. Togo Lake (above) is a nature reserve designated in 1974. This crater lake reaches a depth of close to 100 feet. Several trails on São Miguel island lead around the lake. There will be a walking tour of the city of Angra do Heroism, the only city on the archipelago designated a  Unesco World Heritage site.

Tea plantation in the Azores

The Azores has the only place in Europe where tea is actually produced. Experts arrived at the end of the 19th century to share their expertise with the islanders. Hydrangeas grow prolifically on the islands, so a Nantucketer would feel right at home.

Fish soup from the Azores

The famous Caldo de Peixe is just one of the fish dishes I look forward to trying. Chefs believe the greater the variety of fish, the better the taste. I’m on board with that concept and can almost taste the broth of this specialty. Deep sea crabs and lobsters, here I come.

Hot mineral springs in the Azore Islands

I’ve just tried to whet your appetite with a few of the items on the itinerary for the week ahead. Are you ready to be transported to the eco-friendly and sustainable Azores?

All photos except feature used with permission © Azoresphotos.

  1. Donna Janke says:

    I’m looking forward to reading about your trip. I’ve heard of the Azores but not read much about them.

  2. You’ll have a great time! I’ve visited the Azores – and they have a very non-touristy, authentic feel. Wonderful hiking and outdoor activities. And also really tasty cheeses!