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The Azores area guide

Things to do

The Azores is a chain of nine beautiful volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, located some 850 miles from the coast of Portugal. This stunning archipelago belongs to the Portuguese and was settled sporadically over the course of two centuries. Today, Azores is home to slightly less than 246,000 people in total. The largest island of the Azores is São Miguel – which is also where the capital city of Ponta Delgada can be found. This bustling and vibrant city is home to 137,830 people, a figure which accounts for roughly 55% of the entire population of the Azores.

The Azores are famed for their dramatic landscapes and active geology. As a result, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that the majority of tourists who venture to this island network do so to take in the sites that look like they have been lifted straight from the pages of a Jules Verne novel.

Those who make the decision to relocate to this Garden of Eden will find a community that has apparently been trapped in time. Life is slow here, so those looking to escape the hectic life of the city will find the Azores to be the perfect place to do so. Locals are friendly and laid back, and you will quickly be welcomed into the community.

There is certainly no shortage of things to do here. If exploring the jaw-dropping landscapes isn’t enough for you, you can always take the time to head out to sea and embark on a spot of whale and dolphin watching. If you’re lucky enough, you may even be able to swim with them!

Places to eat

Those who enjoy fine dining will certainly find no shortage of great places to eat in the Azores. Each settlement is littered with numbers of humble, but vibrant restaurants, cafes and bars – all of which will be more than happy to serve you up with a cold drink and a tasty morsel or two! In terms of value for money, foodies in the Azores will quickly find that they have hit the jackpot – as delicious meals, with a glass or two of local wine, will never set you back too much.

Petiscos, the Portuguese version of Tapas, can often be had for as little as €1 per go. However, while this bite-sized finger food may be undeniably delicious, it is by no means the only delicacy available on this island network. Being the capital city of the region, Ponta Delgada is understandably choc-a-block with buzzy little restaurants and cafes – each one serving up their own fabulous renditions of traditional Azorean cuisine.

Notable restaurants that are well worth paying a visit to include A Tasca, as well as Mané Cigano. Both of these places serve up spades of delicious food made using the best locally sourced produce, at incredibly wallet-friendly prices.

Shopping

New residents in the Azores will find a number of places where they can go to satisfy their shopping needs. Arguably one of the best places to head to is the incredibly modern Parque Atlântico in the capital of Ponta Delgada. This mall is home to more than 100 stores, as well as a ginormous supermarket – meaning you will easily be able to get all of your shopping done in one place.

If fashion is what you are after, you will be well catered for here. Parque Atlântico is home to fashion brands such as Zara, Bershka and Pull and Bear – as well as a handful of other high street fashion brands that we are familiar with here in the United Kingdom.

Getting there & around

Owing to the fact that the islands of the Azores are located in the Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of Portugal, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the best way of reaching this stunning archipelago is by plane. Flights from London normally take just over four hours and chances are you will find that you fly into João Paulo II Airport on the island of São Miguel. This is the busiest airport in the Azores and serves the capital of Ponta Delgada.

In terms of getting from island to island, you will have the choice of either flying once again or by catching one of the numerous ferries that frequently travel between the islands.

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