Azores islands

azores islands

What are the Azores islands like?

The Azores Islands are a fascinating island archipelago belonging to Portugal. A stepping stone for Americans who dont like long flights, the islands lie in the Atlantic, under five hours flying time from the East Coast of the U.S. and two hours flying time to Lisbon. You may not expect the tropical conditions you find on the Azores.

How to get to the Azores?

Apart from international airports of Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada and Angra do Heroismo, there are flights to the islands (operated by the regional airline TAP Air Portugal) and ferry boats between the islands.

Are there any active volcanoes in the Azores?

Although Terceira Island is composed of old and extinct volcanoes, it is still one of the Azores’ active volcanic islands. São Jorge is the fourth-largest island, covering 246 km 2. It is separated from Faial and Pico Islands by the Pico-São Jorge Channel. The island is narrow, with a length of 53 km and a width of 8 km.

Where are the Azores and what is their history?

Now that you have a better idea where are the Azores, we’d like to give you a quick overview of the islands’ history. The Azores Islands were first permanently settled in 1492 after being recorded on an early map of Gonçalo Velho, a captain sailing under the orders of Prince Henry the Navigator.

What are the Azores?

The Azores are an archipelago of nine islands, which are a mix of the English countryside (the green hills dotted with cows), Iceland (all but one of the islands have active volcanoes), Costa Rica (palm trees and other tropical plants) and the Greek Islands (the black jagged coasts). Each island is distinct and has it’s own flavor.

Where to live in the Azores as an expat?

Most expats living in the Azores choose the island of São Miguel or the island Terceira, but Santa Maria island is also often remembered. In total, there are 9 islands in the archipelago, as you can explore in the map below: Who lives in the Azores? Despite its many islands, the Azores are not inhabited by many people.

How hard is it to get around the Azores?

The Azores are remote and relatively small islands and unfortunately public transportation is not their strongest point so getting around the islands is tricky. I’ve done some sample Azores itineraries, but for inter-island connections you have only two options.

What is the climate of the Azores archipelago?

The Azores archipelago is located in a transition and confrontation zone between air masses of tropical origin and masses of cooler air of polar origin. The climate of the archipelago is largely determined by variations in the atmospheric pressure field over the North Atlantic.

When did volcanoes last erupt in the Azores?

Both tectonic and volcanogenic seismic crises were frequent during this period. The first noticed Azores historical eruption occurred at Furnas Volcano and its final stage coincided with the settlement of SÌ£o Miguel Island, sometime between 1439 and 1443 (Queiroz et al., 1995; Guest et al., 1999).

Are there volcanoes in the Azores and Madeira?

The following is a list of active and extinct volcanoes in the Portuguese territories of the Azores and Madeira . /  37.76222°N 25.47361°W  / 37.76222; -25.47361

Are there any active volcanoes in Portugal?

List of volcanoes in Portugal. Although there are no active volcanoes in the continental territory of Portugal, apart from geological remnants of ancient volcanism, the Portuguese Atlantic island possessions have a long history of active volcanism.

Where are the Azores Islands?

The islands are approximately 1500km from Europe and 3900km from the North American east coast and are located on the Azores Plateau, which is a thick and irregular area of oceanic crust. While some say that the Azores is a hot spot for volcanoes, scientific research has determined that the islands are only associated with a spreading centre.

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