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Azores : Sao Miguel

A May 2001 trip to Azores by allain

Hotel Barracuda Photo, Azores, Portugal More Photos
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Azores : Sao Miguel

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Furnas Photo, Azores, Portugal
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Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about two hours flying time from Lisbon (about 1,500 Km) and five hours flying time from the eastern coast of North America (about 3,900 Km), the archipelago has a moderate climate, with mild annual oscillation. The nine islands have a total area of 2,355 Km2. Their individual areas vary between 747 Km2 (S.Miguel) and 17 Km2 (Corvo). The volcanic origin of all the islands is revealed by their volcanic cones and craters. Pico, a volcano that stands 2,351 meters high on the island of the same name, has the highest altitude in the Azores. Quick Tips: São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago of the Azores, has a land area of 760 km2: ...Read More
Hotel Barracuda Photo, Azores, Portugal
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This 3 star hotel (according to international standards) is located at the exit of Ponta Delgada. The apartments consisted of a bedroom, sitting room, private bathroom, private kitchenette overlooking the beach, telephone, mini bar, and cable TV. The direct access to the beach is particularly attractive. The hotel includes a fine restaurant by the sea with a varied menu (fresh fish, and shellfish alive). 15000 escudo for a room.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2001

Hotel Barracuda
Praia das Milicias, Sao Roque, Ponta Delgada
Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal 9500
(351) 296 381 421

Casa Victoriana

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Casa Victoriana Photo, Azores, Portugal
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Casa Victoriana is a Victorian house situated in the center of Ponta Delgada, built in 1833 by the sisters of the Countess of Fonte Bela. The house belongs to this family since the beginning of the last century and it was recently adapted for tourism. It is located in a restaurant area, a few minutes away from the botanic park, the museum, the harbor, 6 km away from the beach and 10 km away from the Batalha Golf Club. The house has a terrace, a balcony, a greenhouse, and a small orchard with tropical fruit trees. Accommodation is fine. One suite (bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and cable TV), two doubles with bathroom, hall, sitting room, dining room, cable TV and kitchenette, and the "garden" (room w...Read More

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Casa Victoriana
rua Dr Jao Francisco de Sousa 34
Azores, Portugal
962 311 857

Alojamento B&B￿

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This private Bed and Breakfast is held by Lidia Sardinha. This dynamic lady proposes several king rooms in the very center of Ponta Delgada. Located near the museum, it is the perfect place for a city tour. She speaks good English and could provide helpful devices. She offers the following accommodations: big rooms furnished with style (TV, bathroom) and apartment in the garden with bedroom, living kitchenette, bathroom and terrace. 8000 escudos per room.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2001

Alojamento B&B￿
rua Joao Moreira, 14A
Azores, Portugal
(351) 296 286 278

Ponta Delgada

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Ponta Delgada Photo, Azores, Portugal
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Ponta Delgada is also the largest town in the archipelago. The main airport (called John Paul II!) of the islands is located here. The interesting places to visit are: Parish Church of São Sebastião, Church of São Pedro, Church of São José, Convent and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Church of the Colégio, Church and Asylum of Santa Bárbara, Chapel of the Asylum of Santa Ana, Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Fort São Brás, Redoubt of Mãe de Deus, Town, Conceição Palace, Fonte Bela Palace, Santa Catarina Palace, Historical centre and Carlos Machado Museum. Churches are very representative, white walls and apparent black volcanic stones on the edges. Traffic during the daytime is a nightmare....Read More

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Ponta Delgada
Sao Miguel Island
Azores, Portugal

Caideira das Sete Cidades.

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Caideira das Sete Cidades. Photo, Azores, Portugal
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Large crater with a perimeter of 12 km. The unforgettable scene of Lagoa Verde (literally, Green Lake) and Lagoa Azul (Blue Lake) framed by steep slopes covered with trees and flowers. The banks and small peninsula of Lagoa Azul are an invitation to restful walks and picnics, to the enjoyment of peace and quiet. Legend attributes the different color of the waters to line tears shed by a princess and a shepherd who wept when their love was thwarted and thus created the two lakes at the bottom of the crater. Inside the crater lies the picturesque village of Sete Cidades, with curious houses in a popular architectural style and a 19th c. neo-Gothic parish church, as well as green pastures and the modest ...Read More

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Caideira das Sete Cidades.
10 km from Ponta Delaga
Azores, Portugal

Lagoa do Fogo

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Attraction | "Lagoa do Fogo."

Lagoa do Fogo Photo, Azores, Portugal
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This is a crater of an extinct volcano. An enormous lake with transparent waters; a peninsula with a beach. Atmosphere of great calm and beauty. Splendid vistas of the sea and mountains. Nearby lies Lakes Congro and Nenúfares, of small size but great beauty. You can go down to the beach. It takes ½ hour to join the water and 1 hour to go up. Be careful, stay on the road otherwise you will have to fight fierce brambles and vegetation. From the top you could see the ocean from opposite directions. Clouds could arrive at anytime, so take a picture as soon weather permitted.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2001

Lagoa do Fogo
15 km from Ponta Delgada
Azores, Portugal

Lagoa Furnas

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Attraction | "Lagoa Furnas."

Lagoa Furnas Photo, Azores, Portugal
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Calm and romantic Lake Furnas, with the Gothic profile of José do Canto's chapel - dedicated to Our Lady of Victories - reflected on its clear waters, invites the visitor to rest for a few minutes. On its banks are volcanic solfataras and the "natural kitchens" in which the famous dish called cozido is cooked by burying in the soil hermetically closed pots containing meat and vegetables. During springtime, flowers give a superb floral touch to the crater. Red azeleas are especially marvellous. The Caldeiras or craters are an area with diverse forms of volcanic activity, one the most spectacular being Caldeira de Pero Botelho with its boiling mud. Next to the Caldeiras are springs of thermal wat...Read More

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Lagoa Furnas
Furnas
Azores, Portugal

Terra Nostra Park

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Terra Nostra Park Photo, Azores, Portugal
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Based on plantations started by Thomas Hickling in the 18th century and continued in the 19th century, Terra Nostra Park, in the picturesque parish of Furnas, is a romantic vision of ponds, winding paths, flowers, centuries-old exotic trees and silence, Two streams converge in the park and there is a pond of warm thermal water that is used as a swimming-pool. Huge hollow and luxurious garden in which the colour of the flowers is mixed with the bright green of the Japanese cedars and araucarias. Leafy vegetation from cold and tropical countries, with some species that are hard to find in their lands of origin. A golf course and tennis courts are also part of the tourist complex of Furnas Valley . ...Read More

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Terra Nostra Park
Furnas
Azores, Portugal

Dolphin Photo, Azores, Portugal
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Sao Miguel is not the best place for whale watching in the Azores, because whales are quite far from the shores (10 miles). Faïal and Pico are the best place to spot whales. Your whale watching could be switched to a "dolphin watching" tour. The boat is a small zodiac. Outside of the bay, waves will make you wet in a short time even with a quiet sea. The sailor in the boat is alone. He has no radio connected with a watcher or an other boat. In that condition, meeting a whale is pure chance. Nevertheless when I went out with Futurismo I saw several common dolphins. The price is quite expensive (10,000 escudos) for a 3 hour tour without whales.