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'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
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.
||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
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.
Azores Hotels / Azores Self-Catering/Vacation
About the Author: Liam is
a UK author, currently focusing on holidays and in particular cheap holidays
at the Azores.
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ISLAND HOTELS - HORTA - AZORES ISLANDS
Do Canal, Horta, Faial Island
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
Resort Hotel Horta
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.
the full list of hotels in Horta
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.
ISLAND HOTELS - ANGRA DO HEROISMO- AZORES ISLANDS
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Garden Hotel Azores
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.
do Caracol, Angra do Heroismo
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.
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.
das Mercês, Angra do Heroismo
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
Mar Hotel Angra Do Heroismo
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
of the Azores Islands