The Archipelago of the Azores Islands is composed of nine islands located midway from the USA and Europe in the North Atlantic Ocean. They were colonized by Portugal during the 1500s.
Map of the Azores nine islands
The islands are divided in three groups as you may see in the map:
The "Green Island" of Sao Miguel Azores
Beaches in São Miguel
Praia do Fogo on the island of Sao Miguel Azores
Santa Maria Azores has exotic wild beaches
It is located just 90 Km from Sao Miguel Island and is known as the “Yellow Island”.
The combination of the green of the fields, dark ocher of the fertile earth, and the gold of its sandy beaches and the delicacies of the local cuisine all make this an exceptional island of the Azores.
Praia da Vitoria in Terceira on the Azores Islands
Also called the “Lilac Island” is located about 150 Km from Sao Miguel and the second most populated island after Sao Miguel. Terceira has several options for beachgoers. The tourists are fascinated by its natural beauty.
The small island of Corvo in the Azores
It is an island known as a bird watching spot since the birds use it as a stop on the long flight from America to Europe.
It is also a popular Scuba Diving spot for the huge amoung of Diving sites surrounding this remote island.
Swimming is also available at
For more information visit the Azores Tourism website
Lagoa Funda or "Deep Lagoon" on the Island of Flores, Azores
Island of Flores
The Island of Flowers near Corvo offers a few swimming spots:
images for azores islands
praia fogo by jose luis avila silveira
santa maria by carlos mc de la cruz
praia vitoria by franzfoto
faial horta by salvernaz
corvo by dreizung
lagoa funda by jose luis avila silveira
sao miguel n/a
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