Bam&Boo has landed on the Azores. Whilst we are working on bringing the best of Natural Care directly into your daily routines, we want you to learn more about our little piece of paradise in the middle of the Atlantic. Discover the nine distinct islands of the Azores, each with its own charm and character, offering a plethora of experiences for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty.
1. São Miguel: The Green Gem
The largest island S. Miguel is often referred to as the "Green Island" due to its lush landscapes, including rolling hills, crater lakes, and hot springs. The island also boasts unique attractions such as the Furnas Valley, where geothermal activity creates bubbling hot springs and traditional slow-cooked dishes. An enamoring sight that you must not miss is the twin lakes of Sete Cidades and the backdrop for a magical tale of two lovers.
2. Terceira: Vibrant World Heritage
Terceira stands out for its vibrant festivals and historic charm. The island's capital, Angra do Heroísmo, is a UNESCO World Heritage site with cobbled streets, colorful buildings, and impressive churches. The Sanjoaninas festival is a highlight, featuring lively parades, concerts, and traditional bull-running events.
3. Pico: Majestic Mountain and Whaling Heritage
Pico is dominated by its namesake peak, Mount Pico is the highest point in Portugal. The island is also known for its unique vineyards, grown in black volcanic soil, which produce the famous Verdelho wine. Additionally, Pico has a strong whaling history, showcased in the Whaling Museum, providing insights into the relationship between the islanders and the sea.
4. Faial: Volcanic Oasis
Characterized by its lunar-like landscape due to the volcanic activity of the island and in particular the Capelinhos Volcano eruption in 1957. Faial is a must-visit for sailing enthusiasts. The marina at Horta is a stopping point for sailors crossing the Atlantic, leaving behind colorful murals that adorn the harbor walls. The Island is also commonly referred to as the "Blue Island" due to its abundance of hydrangea flowers.
5. São Jorge: Dramatic Cliffs and Cheese
São Jorge is renowned for its cheese, produced for centuries using traditional methods, and is defined by its steep cliffs and lush valleys. The Fajãs, flat coastal areas formed by volcanic activity, provide unique landscapes great for a lovely hike or swim.
6. Santa Maria: Sunny Beaches and Paleontological Treasures
Santa Maria is the sunniest Azorean island, known for its golden sandy beaches and clear waters. It is also a treasure trove for paleontologists, with fossils dating back millions of years. The Bay of Praia Formosa is a popular spot for relaxation and water sports.
7. Flores: Waterfalls and Unique Ecosystems
Flores is characterized by its lush vegetation, pristine lakes, and impressive waterfalls. The island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its unique ecosystems. Its natural beauty Flores is showcased in places like Rocha dos Bordões, a rock formation resembling a massive organ.
8. Corvo: Tranquil Wilderness
Corvo is the smallest and most remote island, offering a tranquil wilderness experience. Due to its isolation, it has managed to preserve its unique fauna and flora and the island's traditional way of life. Its main attraction is Caldeirão, a massive caldera, surrounded by green hills.
9. Graciosa: Mystical Wonders
Graciosa is known for its unique landscapes, including vineyards inside volcanic craters. Furna do Enxofre is a notable highlight—a volcanic vent turned into an underground cavern. The island's charming villages and windmills add to its allure.
Now that you have read a glimpse of this captivating destination, it is time to lay back schedule some holidays, and start planning the perfect route for you. From lush landscapes and geothermal wonders to festivals and historical charm, the Azores offer something for every type of person. Explore more of these unique islands and uncover a world of natural and cultural treasures.
Think Big and Take Care.