Azores Journals

Not only cattle and American soldiers live here

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A travel journal to Azores by Praskipark

Terceira Photo, Azores, Portugal More Photos
Quote: As you all know I am nuts about anything Portuguese. Since I was a child I wanted to visit two places - South America and the Azores. Well, I've still got South America to explore but I have visited the Azores and it is just as beautiful as I envisaged.

Rural Salga, Quinta dos Bravos

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Hotel | "A cheerful and colourful guest house"

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Rural Salga is a friendly guest house situated in a small village, Salga, right next to the Atlantic Ocean in the south east corner of Terceira, an island in the Azores, a little south of Sao Sebastiao. A couple who lived in the same valley as ours in Portugal had visited Terceira shortly before us and told us about this haven on one of the prettiest islands in the Azores.Rural Salga is indeed a very pretty colourful guest house/hotel consisting of five en-suite rooms - all with beautiful views out to sea. All rooms are different in design although the overall feel is very cottagey. There is one apartment and a fully equipped suite with a queen sized bed and 2 extra beds in the living ro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2010

Rural Salga, Quinta dos Bravos
Canada do Diogo 1, Pico da Pedra, Ribeira Grande
S.Miguel Açores 9600-053
(00351) 296 452 136

Hotel do Colegio

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Hotel | "A hotel that resembles a beehive and was a school"

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Tucked away in the centre of Ponta Delgada just behind the harbour is a beautiful old hotel. In the 19th century the building was constructed a s a private manor house but for many years was used as a primary school, called 'A Colmeia' which means beehive in Portuguese. Probably given this name because of the very unusual ornamentation in the shapes of several round arches which can be found on doorways, window frames and staircases. The town's music academy was also housed in a separate section of the house.Both sections of the hotel are very interesting architecturally but the nicest and largest rooms are situated in the oldest part of the building which beams with character with its me...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2010

Hotel do Colegio
Down Ponta Delgada
S. Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal
351296306600

Terceira (General)

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Attraction | "The Azores third island "

Terceira Photo, Azores, Portugal
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In the Portuguese language the word Terceira means third and the island in the Azores bearing the same name was the third island on the archipelago to be discovered and was the main administrative centre until the 19th century. The main port and capital is Angra do Heroismo and is situated in a fine bay. The length of the island is 29 kilometres and its width - 17.5km; its population is only small and locals often joke about there being more cattle on Terceira than people.On New Year's Day in 1980 an earthquake destroyed three quarters of the old city of Angra do Heroismo but the ancient centre has been restored and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.When the early settlers ar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2010

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

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Hotel | "A touch of Art Deco in Sao Miguel"

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The Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is situated in a fascinating spot in the small village of Furnas on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. Not only is the nearby volcanic landscape fascinating with its bubbling geysers, hot, dry earth and thermal springs but the hotel itself is beautiful to look at with its newly restored Art Deco features and some modern additions.Situated in a very serene environment the simple rooms with balconies overlooking the amazing botanical gardens are a joy to spend time in. From each balcony not only do you see some exotic plant life but colourful tails of peacocks as they roam freely around the grounds.Altogether there are 79 rooms and two presiden...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2010

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel
Rua Padre Jose Jacinto Botelho 5
Furnas, Azores, Portugal

Sao Miguel(General)

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Attraction | "A haven for vulcanologists"

Sao Miguel Photo, Azores, Portugal
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Sao Miguel is the largest of the nine islands situated on the archipelago in the mid Atlantic known as the Azores. This island was formed in two volcanic eruptions, the eastern part 4 million years ago and the western part 500,000 years ago. In the 18th century the island became very wealthy from its revenues from oranges. Ponta Delgada is the capital of the island and a lot of its grand houses date from the 'orange crop' period. The ancient part of the capital is particularly attractive with its artistic pavements made from grey basalt and white mosaics, forming pictures of ships, anchors and many a geometric design. The capital was built on a grid pattern with lush, exotic gardens and elegant squar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2010