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Why the Azores?

The Azores is found in the middle of the North-Atlantic about 1.000 miles (a two-hours flight) from Europe mainland and 2.000 miles (a four-hours flight) from North America.

For the last five years the archipelago has been rediscovered by travelers and expatriates. As a result, there are presently direct flights from 3 Canadian cities, 3 American cities, 3 Spanish cities, 4 German cities and from France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland main airports. There are convenient daily flights to Lisbon which hubs many other European and North-American flights.


Flights to the Azores
Image Source: Associação de Turismo dos Açores

The Azores archipelago features a subtropical climate (Köppen-Geiger) with moderate seasonality. Temperatures average from 12ºC (minimum in January) to 25 ºC (maximum in August). Bellow can be found a temperature/rainfall comparative chart of North-Atlantic destinations.

Climate

 

Among the lowest of the crime rates in Europe, Azores is still a care-free territory, particularly in islands as Pico, São Jorge, Graciosa, Flores and Corvo (see references: TripAdvisor, U.S. Department of State).

Citizens from European Union countries are offered free healthcare through the EU reciprocal health agreements, providing that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is produced. Facilities and professionals standards comply with the European Union standards and meet the developed world traveler expectations.

In the Azores there is great opportunity for a healthy lifestyle. Fresh air, clear sea water and low-tech farming (transgenic cultures are banned in the Azores) assure a sound stock of local vegetables, fruits, fish, seafood and meat. The milk products in the Azores are a centuries-old heritage made available to our tasting. Wine is mainly produced in Pico island, as witnessed by the World Heritage Site “Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture”. Pico wine accounts for good quality table wine and celebrated liquorous wine.

The local communities are especially friendly and welcoming to expatriates. As a result a significant expat community widely ranged between 30 and 70 years-old residents and house owners has been settling in recent years.

 

What have the media been saying?

…Rather than just lobbing you off the side of a boat in the open ocean, Azoreans takes a real interest in marine conservation and ecosystems, encouraging guests to develop their understanding of the environment they are swimming in and offering lectures on marine biology…

Top 10 activity holidays in Europe, The Guardian, Aug 2012

…Azores, a perfect destination for Boston travelers. A four-hour direct flight from Boston brings you to this string of volcanic islands, and transports you to an altogether other world…

Boston Traveler, Mar 2013

…Pico, Azores, Portugal – The vibe Covered in farms and forest and having some of the purest air on the planet, Pico is one of the larger, lusher islands in the Azores, a mid-Atlantic Portuguese archipelago of nine islands…

Islands Magazine, Jul 2007

…For a mixture of European flavor and a unique mid-Atlantic cultural heritage, Banas recommends the Azores. Explore the dramatic natural beauty and bounty of crater lakes in this collection of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the North-Atlantic. Portuguese by language, it has a culture and cuisine all its own…

Forbes, Dec 2010

…A remote location … has helped limit tourist traffic and development in this unspoiled North Atlantic archipelago…

10 Best Trips of Summer 2011, National Geographic, Apr 2011

…Into the blue of the Azores: It’s even easier for whale-watchers to catch one of the planet’s great spectacles…

The Independent, Apr 2012

…Kaum ein Stück Europa ist so einsam gelegen wie die Azoren – vielleicht wird deshalb die Gastfreundschaft besonders großgeschrieben. Jetzt vermittelt ein neues Netzwerk Privatunterkünfte mit Familienanschluss…

Die Zeit, Oct 2013

…Pico is the second-largest island in the Azores, with unique topography defined by terraced hillside vineyards…

Wall Street Journal, Sep 2013

…Agents with active discerning clients looking for an island vacation with a European flare may want to invite them to get off the beaten path and discover the Azores…

Travel Courier, Jul 2012