Azores Islands
Of Portugal

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

Map of the Azores nine islands


The islands are divided in three groups as you may see in the map:

Eastern Group

  • São Miguel
  • Santa Maria

Central Group

  • Terceira
  • Graciosa
  • São Jorge   
  • Faial
  • Pico Island

Northwestern Group

  • Corvo Island
  • Flores Island




The

The "Green Island" of Sao Miguel Azores


Beaches in São Miguel

  • Praia da Vinha da Areia is a beach has a hotel and marina

  • Praia de Agua de Alto is a long and Sandy beach on the south side of the island.

  • Mosteiros Beach is a little beach on the village of Mosteiros on the west side of the island with a nice view. The beach is rocky.

  • Praia de Santa Barbara located in the north of the island, this is the longest sandy beach on the island. It is popular with tourists and locals alike. This beach is just outside Ribeira Grande.

  • Praia dos Moinhos is located on the north of the island at Porto Formosa. It is a sandy beach and the location is ideal.

  • Praia da Amora  is located between Ponta Garca and Ribera Quente.


Praia do Fogo on the island of Sao Miguel Azores

Praia do Fogo on the island of Sao Miguel Azores


  • Praia do Fogo is located in Ribeira Quente, and the name “Fire Beach” comes from a few hot springs below the water at low tide. It is a long sandy beach located right in town.

  • Populo Beach is located in São Roque on the south side of the island.

  • Praia das Melicias is located next to the latter both are soft and sandy.

  • Lagoa Beach is located on the south side of the island and is very popular with locals.

  • Caloura Beach


Santa Maria Azores has exotic wild beaches

Santa Maria Azores has exotic wild beaches


Santa Maria

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.


Azores Islands

Praia da Vitoria in Terceira on the Azores Islands

Praia da Vitoria in Terceira on the Azores Islands


Terceira Island

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.

  • Beach of Angra Heroismo is located next to the marina in the bay bearing the same name. The waters are calm.
  • Biscoitos is one the most beautiful places in the region.
  • Bay of Pombas is a highly recommended beach. It is a bay with natural rocks formations.
  • Silveira and its pools are a great place for a nice swim. It features a pier that invites to jump into the waters.
  • Praia da Vitoria features black sands and high water temperature.
  • Quatro Ribeiras are natural Pools where you can go snorkeling
  • Cinco Ribeiras, Porto Martins and Negrito


The small island of Corvo in the Azores

The small island of Corvo in the Azores

Corvo Island

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

  • Praia da Areia
  • Porto da Casa


For more information visit the Azores Tourism website


Lago Funda or

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:

  • Lajes das Flores
  • Fajã Grande
  • Poço do Bacalhau
  • Ribeira Grande.



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
map n/a

all courtesy of wikimedia commons





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