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Azores - Pico IslandThe Azores are a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,500 km (950 mi) from Lisbon and about 3,900 km (2,400 mi) from the east coast of North America. The two westernmost Azorean islands (Flores and Corvo) actually lie on the North American plate and are only 1,925 km (1,200 mi) from St. John's in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Azores' most significant industry is tourism.

The nine major Azorean Islands and the eight small Formigas extend for more than 600 km (373 mi), and lie in a north west-south east direction. The vast extension of the islands defines an immense exclusive economic zone of 1.1 million km². The westernmost point of this area is 3,380 km (2,100 mi) from the North American continent. All of the islands have volcanic origins, though Santa Maria also has some reef contribution. The mountain of Pico on Pico Island, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft) in altitude, is the highest in all of Portugal. The Azores are actually the tops of some of the tallest mountains on the planet, as measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean. The archipelago forms the Autonomous Region of Azores, one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal.

Though it is commonly said that the archipelago is named after the goshawk (Açor in Portuguese), because it was supposed to be a common bird at the time of the discovery, the bird actually never existed on the islands. Some historians indicate the archaic Portuguese word "azules" (the plural of blue) because of the colour of the islands when seen from afar. Most, however, insist that the name is derived from birds, pointing to a local subspecies of the buzzard (Buteo buteo), as the animal the first explorers erroneously identified as goshawks.

Pousada da Horta - Forte de Santa Cruz, Horta   Charm Pousada
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.
Pousada de Angra do Heroismo - Forte de Sao Sebastiao  Historic Design Pousada
16th century Fortress known as the Castelinho of São Sebastião.  Located within a 16th century Fortress and known as the Castelinho of São Sebastião, this Pousada is situated in the historic zone of the city of Angra, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

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