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Enjoy the beautiful nature

The islands encompass every shade of green divided by borders of the blue hydrangea. Many flowers sprinkle the slopes running down to the sea. Chestnut, beech and other trees intersperse the remains of the Laurisilva forest that predated human settlement. And there are volcanic features of craters and cones, lava flows, cliffs, ravines and caves, fumaroles and lagoons.

terra nostra hydrangea

Volcano peaks

The volcano peaks provide excellent views over the nature of the Azores. Pico is the main central cater that gave its name to the island. Be it from here or the volcanic peaks of Terças (Graciosa), Pico da Esperança (São Jorge) or Cabeço Gordo (Faial), there are great views out over the island and the other islands in the group.

On Flores there are fine views from either Morro Alto or Pico dos Sete Pés. While on Corvo, the Morro do Pão de Açúcar provides a spectacular view over both the island and the sea. On São Miguel, from Pico do Carvão, surrounded by lagoons, you can see the island centre and the sea, while from Pico do Ferro, you look down on the spectacular Vale das Furnas. On Santa Maria, get up Pico Alto for a full panorama of the island. All in all, there are many viewpoints from which you can view the fabulous land and sea panoramas.


On your visit to the Azores, the fajãs will certainly be a source of great interest and admiration, because of the unusual beauty that they introduce into the landscape. The fajãs have the appearance of flat surfaces on the sea, originating from the collapse of cliffs or the oozing of lava from the cones of volcanoes. Although they exist on almost every island, they are to be found in their greatest numbers on the island of São Jorge, where there are 46 fajãs in total, mostly situated at the bottom of high cliffs.

The island’s northern coast is a succession of 30 tiny fajãs lying at the bottom of ravines hundreds of metres high. Because of their singular appearance, the following are undoubtedly the most notable: the Caldeira de Santo Cristo, with an underwater cave and a lagoon; the Fajã dos Cubres, with another absolutely crystalline lagoon, and the Fajã do Ouvidor, its edges turned into pretty lacework by the sea. It should be mentioned that the lagoon of the Caldeira de Santo Cristo is the only place in the Azores where clams are to be found.
The fajãs are normally very fertile, although it required a great effort over several centuries to cultivate them. The recent abandonment of many of them now makes it possible to enjoy some fascinating journeys back in time to discover the houses, water-mills and springs used by the population that lived there for centuries.

Parks and gardens

Some of the beautiful parks and gardens in the Azores:
Parque Florestal das Sete Fontes  - São Jorge 
Parque Florestal Luís Paulo Camacho - Flores
Parque Florestal das Fontinhas - Santa Maria
Jardim da Praça República  - São Jorge
Parque Florestal da Silveira - São Jorge

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