WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE AZORES.

The distance must be width, however it is not enough to move to Mallorca or Crete. To feel the island spirit, we must really move away.

Electrifying the awareness of being in the middle of nowhere, on a piece of land surrounded by ocean on all sides. And then we venture into the island and discover its uniqueness.

What can you discover in the Azores?

Let's start from the beginning. From the fact that everything is on a micro scale: a small island, a small airport, a small capital and what gives the feeling of being an explorer - few tourists. No wonder, the archipelago is inhabited by about 240,000 people, the least on the island of Corvo, where 400 people live. To meet the needs of this handful of Portuguese its infrastructure is enough, which on most popular islands seems provincial. Provincialism is here, however, the best sort and manifests itself in kindness, openness and caring for your piece of land.

The biggest island of the Azores

São Miguel is a beautiful island and its inhabitants are in no way trying to dominate this beauty. Starting from the carefully maintained roads surrounded by picturesque trees and clumps of hydrangeas, through vast tracts of meadows where herds of cows graze, to the homemade smell of tomato jam for an intimate breakfast in a family guest house - everything here is taken from an idyllic postcard.

And above all the beauty of the island itself: the volcanic massif of Sete Cidades, on the edge of which you can feel like at the end of the world, with only the ocean to the horizon, the black beaches of Mosteiros, fumarole at Lake Furnas or foggy lake da Fogo. And all this for free, because the beauty of São Miguel is for everyone.

For the inhabitants, the island is the whole world and they had to learn to use its resources well.

Over time, it turned out that there are areas where the small Azores can show strength. And so it turned out that they produce the best pineapples, slightly smaller than those known to us, but extremely sweet and aromatic. As the only ones in Europe they also had tea plantations. It is true that most of them could not stand the competition, but you can still visit two of them surrounded by fields of green bushes.

There are also Azores ideal for organic farming: it can be said that this is one big pasture, cows graze almost everywhere. Hence the high quality local beef - a paradise for carnivores. Residents of the archipelago have something to be proud of, even a bit of narcissism is the most justified here. And although today even distant islands are connected to the world, there are still places where the world reaches more slowly.

In the Azores slow tourism is preferred.

There are not many large hotels, stretchy sandy beaches or countless buses carrying organized trips. There are home-made guesthouses and atmospheric hotels, wild coasts and individual tourists who quickly adapt to the rhythm of life on the island. The island spirit hovers over the Azores and tempts you to return there.

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