Brilliant Tips on: azores
I’ve had a good number of guides over the years. Most were pretty good, just a few were bad and some stood out as excellent. I have bad news for all of you: you have all been outclassed. Don’t take it too hard. It turns out that the perfect tour guide has almost 50 years [...]
Cows cause a traffic jam on the island of Terceira in the Azores.
The geologic rhythms of the earth create some of the most dramatic and breathtaking phenomena in nature. The beautiful lines of the Cycladic pearl, Santorini, are the result of a cataclysmic explosion more than three and a half millennia ago. In Hawaii, Mauna Loa is another place of such sublime beauty, though it has continuously [...]
Upon arriving in the Azores and flying to the island of Pico, the first thing that caught my attention were the “currais.” These semi-circled stone walls built near the ocean to protect the vineyards among the maze of stone walls add a very unique aspect to the island’s landscape. The Lava Trail is a six [...]
One of the world’s most beautiful volcanoes, Pico is the highest point in the Portuguese territory. Climbing the volcano is a challenge even for those who are in good physical condition and climbers must be accompanied by a qualified guide. IMAGE VIA: Azores Travel Guide
Popular since the 16th century, the “touradas à corda” (literally “bullfights by rope”) are held by local Terceiran villagers from May to late September. In these events, similar to the Running of the Bulls in Spain, a bull is let loose from the town square (or another open space) with a very long rope around [...]
Imagine with me, if you will, that you arrive with your better half on the island of Pico after a short, turboprop flight. In a breeze, you are in and out of the little airport. You pick up a rental car with no hassle. There are few cars on the roads and the drive is [...]
Eighteen kilometers northeast of Ponta Delgada, lies the small town of Ribeira Grande on the Azorean island of Sao Miguel. Picturesquely located on a volcanic plateau above the sea, the town’s charming municipal garden is home to some magnificent specimens of the New Zealand Christmas tree.
What really struck me about the Azores, as much as its beauty, were its people. The people in the Azores are, by and large, a very friendly and kind population who actually like Americans (especially from New England). I counted 60 plus pictures of people of whom I asked to take their photo. While I [...]
In sharp contrast to the Azores’ pale white parishes, the colorful imperios (theaters which are dedicated to the Holy Spirit) demand your attention with their bright embellishments and unique architecture. Imperios dating back as far as the late nineteenth century are scattered throughout the island, totaling 68 in all. Each of the imperios includes a [...]
During a recent stay at the Aldeia da Fonte Hotel, on the island of Pico in the Azores, I had the opportunity to sit down and have dinner with the hotel’s owners, Dr. Antonio Simas and his lovely wife Sonia. Both impressed me deeply with not only their knowledge of human wellness, but also the [...]
Every now and again I get to have seafood plucked fresh from the sea. I live in Colorado now, so it only happens when I travel. Fortunately, it happened today. We were down at the dock in Sao Rogue do Pico in the Azores and I saw some locals popping little shells off the concrete [...]