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There are nine volcanic islands set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between Lisbon and New York which, as legend tells, are the remains of the lost continent of Atlantis. On two of these islands - São Miguel and Terceira - there are superb golf courses, surrounded by great natural beauty.

São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago, is famous for its enormous crater with two adjacent lakes, one sapphire blue and the other emerald green. Everywhere one finds exotic flowers, especially hydrangeas and azaleas. The capital, Ponta Delgada, has a wealth of churches and palaces built during the 18th and 19th centuries, a period of economic expansion for the Azores.

It also has forts dating from the 16th and 17th centuries whose function was to protect the islands from pirate attacks. In the Museu de Carlos Machado (17th century) there is an outstanding collection of paintings from the 16th century, as well as sculptures, prints and painted ceramic tiles.

There is no better pastime after a morning round of golf than to enjoy a cozido (stew) cooked in the hot springs, finishing off the meal with pineapples, grown in the Azores, which taste unlike those grown anywhere else in the world


Lagoa do Fogo

Angra do Heroismo, situated on Terceira island, is a fine example of a Renaissance town, and has been classified as part of the heritage of mankind by Unesco; there are rows of grand mansions and imposing churches. Terceira is also famous for its unique bullfight, in which the bull, tied up by ropes, is led through the streets.

The islands have a number of famous gastronomic specialities, above all shellfish. Also on the menu are a wide range of cheeses, puddings, passion fruit and verdelho wine.



Angra Heroismo - Cathedral

The Azores are a paradise for any explorer, who should be sure to visit several islands, as each has its own beauty, its peculiar traditions, and magic that will make you return many times more.

Climate - The Azores has an equable climate all year round. The climate is mild in winter and comfortable in summer. However, these weather forecast-framed "depressions from the Azores" do bring occasional showers.
Season High 22 C/ 71 F - Low 14 C / 57 F

 [Text: ICEP