The Azores, Portugal
Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
- Amelia Earhart -
The expression “nature is all around you”' truly comes in place when describing the Azores. This archipelago offers unmatched conditions for the biodiversity and it has truly a unique natural heritage. During the Portuguese Maritime Discoveries led by King D. Afonso Henriques, the first navigator to reach this archipelago of nine islands was Diogo de Silves in the year 1427. The origin of the name Azores is associated with a bird species, the northern goshawk also known as the Açor which is found on all islands. This heritage has been preserved and includes unique marine biodiversity, flora and fauna, volcanic caves and geolandscapes, nature parks and botanical gardens each with his own amazing walking trails through the natural resources exclusive to each island. This biodiversity and geodiversity, together with the islands' traditions and cultures really makes it an exceptional destination for the true adventurer.
All the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are volcanic origin and are located in the North Atlantic, scattered along a 600 km stretch of ocean from Santa Maria to Corvo, approximately between 37° and 40° north latitude and 25° and 31° west longitude. The long lists of natural parks, areas of protected landscape, protected fauna and flora species, forest reserves, geolandscapes, and sites with geological interest guarantee the preservation of a priceless natural legacy. As a form of compensation for all of this effort, the Azores are considered to be a sanctuary of biodiversity and geodiversity. Along with the archipelagos of Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde, constitute the biogeographic region of Macaronesia meaning the fortunate islands.
The archipelago’s unique location in the north of the Atlantic ocean, in a transition zone between nutrient-rich currents from the north and the warm waters of the Gulf stream, that turns this group of islands into a true sanctuary for a large and varies number of marine species. Featuring a rich and truly unique marine biodiversity, diving in the Azorean crystalline waters you may be surrounded by devil rays, manta rays, whale sharks, sperm whales, agile blue sharks or many other species. With mild waters and amazing visibility this is a true oasis of Atlantic marine life.
The roots of the Azores are found upon 1766 volcanoes, nine of which are still active. Join our canyoning specialists, descend underground and explore the hundreds of volcanic cavities, caves and ravines. This magnificent geo landscape is filled with dry calderas, craters lakes, fumaroles and thermal water springs. Also underwater you will find submarine geothermal springs. Challenge yourself and climb the highest peak in Portugal and the third biggest volcano in the Atlantic, Mount Pico with 2351 meters in elevation. Take some time to relax on the hot springs and taste Portugal’s most unique dish, a special stew slow-cooked underground by volcanic heat. Learn more about the incredible fertile volcanic biodiversity, the summit provides an extraordinary panorama, and an incredible feeling of climbing a vast prehistoric beast. Regardless the direction of the wind and without having to walk long distances, the Azores features exceptional Paragliding platforms, flying silently over the lush green landscapes, escorted by the Açor searching for ascending air currents – this is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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