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Dolphin Magic (Azores)
'Let's go swimming with the Dolphins' my husband said. He had found a company on the internet that organised it. So off we set to the Azores, it was to be our last big family holiday.... read more

Holiday: A Guide to the Azores   by Liam G

The nine islands that make up the Azores were discovered in 15th century and because of their mid-Atlantic location, they quickly became the link between Europe and "the new world".

The volcanic formation and temperate climate has sculpted a range of islands with spectacular natural beauty. The combination of rolling green valleys, vast craters filled with blue lakes, and huge cliffs falling into the clear blue ocean brings together truly diverse islands, unlike anywhere else on earth.

Their remote location and low level of tourism has meant that the traditional lifestyle of the Azores has remained very much the same, especially in the country.

The slow lifestyle and lack of sandy beaches means that the Azores may not be the most suitable location for every holiday goer. If busy cities and active night life are things on the agenda, then the Azores are probably best avoided.
Rosais, Sao Jorge, Azores, Portugal
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Ocean sports, cycling and walking, however, are some of the most popular activates throughout the Azores, with each island offering its own unique landscape to explore.

The mild and varied climate of the Azores means that there are certain times of the year where particular activities might be more suited. For instance, dolphin watching, sailing and scuba diving are best experienced May to early October.

Swimming in the ocean however, is popular throughout the year, with the oceans rarely falling below 15 degrees.

As the Azores are a region of Portugal, the food on offer is not too dissimilar to that of cuisine offered on the mainland.

As agriculture and seafood is the only real industry throughout the Azores, seafood forms the basis of many dishes. Soups are popular starters and along with seafood, meat dishes are also popular mains, often accompanied by potatoes and vegetables.

In summary, the Azores are the perfect holidays destination for those wishing to simply sit back and experience the traditional Portuguese lifestyle or for the more adventurous there is a wealth of landscape to explore either on foot, bike or by car.


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About the Author: Liam is a UK author, currently focusing on holidays and in particular cheap holidays at the Azores

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Hotel Do Canal, Horta, Faial Island
The Hotel do Canal is beautifully situated on Horta’s waterfront near the port and offers a magnificent view over the bay and Pico mountain. Thanks to the warm hospitality and excellent facilities, the hotel is ideal for both business and pleasure. This 4-star boutique hotel in the Azores is stylishly decorated to reflect the history and tradition of Faial Island. The hotel offers various facilities to ensure a maximum of relaxation and well-being such as a lounge, a fitness centre with sauna, a Jacuzzi, a steam bath, a hairdresser and massages, babysitting service, restaurant, bar and room service. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access in all public areas, a meeting room, private parking, a car rental service and a laundry service.
Fayal Resort Hotel Horta
Boasting a prime location in Horta, Faial Island, the Faial Resort Hotel is a stylish four-star property ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. Each of the 131 rooms is equipped with cable TV, direct-dial telephone, air-conditioning, hair-drier and mini-bar on request. The hotel also has a tennis court, business centre, indoor and outdoor pools, broadband Internet access in all the hotel`s public areas and a spa with gymnasium, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. Faial Resort Hotel has 131 guestrooms. Televisions are equipped with cable channels. Guestrooms provide phones. Bathrooms offer hair dryers. Additional amenities include minibars and air conditioning.A bar and restaurant are available for guests.
Pousada da Horta - Forte de Santa Cruz, Horta
16th century fortress built over the Horta bay and is classified as a National Monument since 1947.  The Pousada da Horta - Forte de Santa Cruz is set in a 16th century fortress built over the Horta bay and is classified as a National Monument since 1947. With a magnificent view of the Pico Island, you can also admire the famous Marina and its yachts.
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Angra Garden Hotel Azores
In a privileged location in the city’s main square, the Angra Garden Hotel is well positioned to enjoy the highlights of Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Angra Garden Hotel is framed by the beautiful Municipal Gardens and provides the perfect base to explore this historical city and its many attractions and buildings. Originally the first hotel on the island of Terceira, the Angra Garden This characteristic hotel offers guests clean and comfortable accommodation in a prime location. Angra Garden Hotel has a health club, an indoor pool, a steam room, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property include wireless internet access (surcharge), meeting rooms for small groups, and audio-visual equipment. The property has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. 
Hotel do Caracol, Angra do Heroismo
With a breathtaking location in Terceira island, in the Azores, the 4 star Hotel do Caracol offers comfortable accommodations and quality services in Angra do Heroísmo. It is an ideal place to stay for those who wish to spend a great holiday in the Azores Islands, diving in the Atlantic blue waters or just relaxing in this peaceful spot. The hotel offers a spectacular location just above the sea, in the Silveira bathing area, offering wonderful views to the Monte do Brasil crater, which oversees the whole bay. You will be able to easily reach major landmarks in the island, such as Angra do Heroísmo city centre, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and located only 10 minutes away from the hotel. The terrace overseeing a superb landscape and a cozy and welcoming ambience make this bar the ideal place to meet with your friends. 
Pousada de Angra do Heroismo - Forte de Sao Sebastiao
The Pousada de Angra do Heroísmo, Forte São Sebastião, is located within a 16th century Fortress and known as the Castelinho (little castle) of São Sebastião, which was constructed by demand of El-Rei D. Sebastião, whose name was given to it. The castle is surrounded by high walls, parts of which are well preserved ruins in nowadays. It still preserves the most characteristic elements and, not a long time ago, used to fly the Portuguese flag.  This historic design hotel is situated in the historic centre of Angra do Heroísmo, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1983. NOTE: This hotel is closed for renovation until March 2011.
Quinta das Mercês, Angra do Heroismo
The Quinta das Mercês is situated on Terceira island in the Azores archipelago, nestled in the Brazil mountain natural reserve, between the ocean, gardens and a dense area of Atlantic forest. Built in the 18th century, in keeping with typical manor architecture, the farm’s large manor house is today, after undergoing an ambitious renewal and refurbishment project, a charming hotel. The external leisure areas, the result of carefully designed landscape architecture, are harmoniously implanted into the Quinta’s surrounding gardens whilst maintaining the original structure of the land. Several sports are at your disposal. Enjoy cycling, play tennis matches or train your putting before heading out to the island’s golf course. The privileged connection to the sea also allows the possibility of canoeing and fishing, or even to venture into diving and spearfishing in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean.
Terceira Mar Hotel Angra Do Heroismo
Terceira Mar  is a luxurious 4-star Hotel in a stunning location overlooking Fanal Bay and Mount Brazil in Terceira Island, part of the Portuguese Azores. It is an excellent base from which to explore the area, with a UNESCO World Heritage City, Angra of Heroismo, just 5 minute walk from the hotel. Monte Brasil Restaurant is located on the Terceira Mar Hotel's ground floor serving regional, national and international cuisine with a la carte and buffet services. Its open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Health Club Bahia Fitness is the perfect place to unwind, with indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and many more facilities. Other facilities at Hotel Terceira Mar include games room, reading room, WI-Fi and much more. There is also an outdoor sea water swimming pool where guests can chill during the warmer months. 
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