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The Azores Islands archipelago lies 907 miles from the coast and is a haven of turquoise lakes, rolling green hills and sandy beaches. Monasteries, cathedrals, forts and ruins dating back to the 15th Century, when Portuguese navigators encountered the outcropping, are sprinkled about the islands... read more
Faial Island, also known in English as Fayal, is a Portuguese island of the Central group (Grupo Central) of the Azores. Its area is 173 km² and it is located 28.7° W longitude and 38.6° N latitude. The nearest island is Pico Island to the east. The island is also referred to as Ilha Azul (the "Blue Island"), by poet Raul Brandão, due to the large quantity of Hydrangeas that bloom during the summer months.

There are several secular and religious festivals that make-up the calender of events on Faial. The most important ones occur in the summer. From Ascension Day until August, the feasts of the Holy Spirit are major events in each parish and neighborhood. During these events, a procession and cortege will travel to the local church where a mass (and crowning) will occur in conformity with the tradition/legend of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal. Following the mass, the procession will return to the local império where a feast of meat broth and soup is served to the invited guests, and the same soup and massa sovada (sweet bread) is handed-out, as a traditional sign of penitence. On Faial, generally, these feasts are by invitation, whereas on other islands public events occur.

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The patron saint of Faial is Saint John, celebrated as São João da Caldeira on June 24th. This is a day celebrated with a mass at the Chapel of São João, and followed by family picnics along the roadways and fields of the Caldera. Similarly, in Largo Jaime Melo in Horta, people will gather from around the island to enjoy picnics, and other diversions (such as band music and/or singers).

On August 1st, the faithful celebrate the annual feast of Nossa Senhora da Guia, a celebration originally started by local fisherman in the name of the Virgin Mary. A flotilla of small boats with one carrying the statue of the Virgin arrives in the harbor at Port Pim. From there, following benedictions, the statue is taken in procession to the top of Monte da Guia, where a mass is celebrated on the chapel of Monte da Guia.

The most important festival of the Faialense calender is the secular Semana do Mar, literally Week of the Sea or loosely Sea Week. It is a week-long celebration in Horta of Faial's link to the sea, celebrated in song, dance, exhibitions and kiosks selling different foods (of local and continental Portugal) and goods. During the day there are several sailing competitions and exhibits, while in the evening while many will sample foods along the Avenida Marginal, others will listen and/or dance to popular and/or traditional musical acts on one of several platforms devoted to band, traditional and modern/contemporary musical artists. The events culminate with a traditional closing ceremony and fireworks display.

The island, like some other Azorean islands, produces cheeses and other milk products, along with cow meat, and by-products notable in Portugal, and it has a rich cuisine that also includes local seafood.

Scrimshaw, handiwork made of whale teeth, is a traditional craft of the Azores. However, because of the prohibition on whaling in Portugal, some designs of this can easily cost hundreds of Euros, due to the rarity of whale teeth.

Faial is a tourist's island with a rich collection of historical, natural and modern attractions that annually attract yachts, cruise ships, tourist groups and the naturalists to the hills and streets of the island. Apart from several hotels and bed & breakfasts scattered throughout the parishes, the visitor seeking sun will likely travel to the black sand beaches of Praia de Almoxarife, Conceição and Porto Pim, as well as the rock pools scattered along the coast. Varadouro is one such place, known for its warmer waters, micro-climate, summer cottages and complicated salt-water pools open to the ocean.

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Hotel Do Canal Horta
Built in 2004, the Hotel Do Canal has views of the bay and Pico Mountain and is located 500 metres from Horta town centre.  Guests can reinvigorate tired muscles with a Turkish bath, sauna and hot tub or enjoy pampering beauty treatments. The Restaurant Clipper, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serves local and international dishes in a relaxing contemporary setting. Bar Clipper serves a selection of drinks and light meals. The hotel is surrounded by attractions; guests can while away the afternoon lazing on located Porto Pim Beach 100 metres away or take a trip into Horta marina and town centre 500 metres away. A little further a field is a natural forest reservation 25 kilometres away. The nearest airport is Horta ten kilometres away. 
Pousada da Horta - Forte de Santa Cruz, Horta
The Pousada da Horta, Forte de Santa Cruz, is set in a 16th century fortress built over the Horta bay and is classified as a National Monument since 1947. With a magnificent view of the Pico Island, you can also admire the famous Marina and its yachts.  It is an ideal charming hotel to enjoy unforgettable moments, from business meetings to leisure time. Walking, Bicycle, Horse riding or diving excursions are some of the several activities you can do, always surrounded by a beautiful scenario.
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Santa Maria is an island located in the eastern group of the Azores archipelago (south of the island of São Miguel) and the southernmost island in the Azores. 

The island is primarily known in the islands for its white sand beaches, distinct chimneys, and dry warm weather that makes them unique in the portuguese islands.

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Hotel Colombo, Vila do Porto
This chic 4-star hotel is situated close to Vila do Porto, only 10 minutes from the airport, the mountain and the beautiful beach of Praia Formosa. In the Island of Santa Maria, Hotel Colombo is strategically situated at the entrance of the main town, Vila do Porto.. With the warm welcome and dedication of our staff, you will feel at home and enjoy every moment of your stay. A swimming pool with a deck overlooking the sea awaits your company. In our gymnasium you may enjoy a Turkish bath, the jacuzzi, the massage room and a work out with our equipment. The youngsters have not been forgotten; they will find lots of fun in our children’s room, equipped with an inflatable playground, ping-pong table, PlayStation and lots of table games.
São Miguel Island, nicknamed "The Green Island", is the largest and most populous of the Azores Islands archipelago. The island covers 759 km2 (293 sq mi) and has around 140,000 inhabitants, nicknamed Micaelenses. The largest town is Ponta Delgada, with about 45,000 inhabitants.

São Miguel is 64 km from east to west, and between 8 and 14 km wide. Nicknamed the "Green Island" (Ilha Verde), São Miguel is largely covered with fields and meadows in the lowlands. The ancient laurisilva forest has mostly been replaced by cultivated fields and imported trees and plants. There are some hot springs (caldeiras), generally located in the center of the island, in the area stretching from Povoação to Nordeste. São Miguel has four stratovolcanoes and caldeiras, Sete Cidades, Agua de Pau, Caldeiras and finally Furnas.

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Marina Atlantico Hotel Ponta Delgada
The Hotel Marina Atlantico is modern property, made from glass and volcanic stone, situated in front of the marina of Ponta Delgada, just one kilometre from the city centre.  The hotel's contemporary Restaurant Escuna, overlooking the marina and sea, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Guests can also work out in the gym, unwind in the sauna, Turkish bath and spa tub, swim in the indoor heated pool, and join body combat, body balance, yoga, pilates and aerobics classes. There are massages, a beauty salon and a hairdresser available, and the bar features live piano music.
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel Furnas
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is a three-floor, Art Deco hotel built in 1935 in the spectacular Furnas Valley, adjacent to 12 acres of botanical gardens and seven kilometres from Fogo beach and fishing village. In the Terra Nostra Restaurant, with botanical garden views, guests can dine on international cuisine and traditional Portuguese dishes, some steamed in the geysers alongside Furnas Lake. Guests can explore 12 acres of private botanical gardens adjacent to the hotel, swim in the outdoor hot spring-water pool, and enjoy a romantic hideaway at the Casa do Parque. There is also an indoor pool, a tennis court, and a games room with table tennis, mini-football and video games. The hotel is near to many attractions; the volcanic hot springs and geysers can be found one kilometre away, and Furnas Lake is three kilometres away. Salto do Cavalo, the high peak offering panoramic views over Furnas Valley and Lake, is 12 kilometres from the hotel. 
VIP Executive Azores Hotel Ponta Delgada
The VIP Executive Azores Hotel, with 229 rooms, including 9 suites, 9 triples and 4 rooms prepared for people with special needs, is located in Ponta Delgada at São Miguel islands in the Azores archipelago. The VIP Executive Azores is presently the Hotel with the most lodging capacity in Azores, provided with one Restaurant with two floors and a Grill on the 8th floor with the city and sea as a landscape. One may also enjoy of our: Bar; Health Club; Covered Private Car Park with 90 places; Internet Kiosk and Beauty Saloon with Hairdresser. At this complex you will also find wonderful conditions for the business market, with plenty of conference rooms, auditorium with airconditioning, and a wide range of audio and video equipment including a Wireless Internet service (also available in public areas).
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Terceira Island is an island in the Azores, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, with an area of 396.75 km². The island's length is 29 km and the width is 18 km; the perimeter is 90 km. 

Terceira’s coast is dotted with quaint fishing towns, beaches and lava rocks. To the north are both a rocky coast and a mix of forest and vineyards. To the South are cattle grazing lands and the coastal area surrounding Angra, with its parks and hotels. The wide bay and beach at the pretty town of Praia da Vitória are well worth a visit, as is the lake at Caldeira de Guilherme Moniz, which is the largest body of water in the Azores other than the ocean.

Away from the coast, Terceira is a wild and hilly landscape perfect for walking or hiking. Much of the interior of the island is a nature reserve. From the heights of the Serra do Cume, a visitor can look down on a patchwork of small farms, stonewalls and grazing cattle.

Terceira is also the site of more than 230 traditional bullfights throughout the summer. Every weekend from April to late fall the people of Terceira hold touradas à corda – a form of “running of the bulls.” The bull is let loose from the town’s main square with a very long rope around its neck. The idea is that courageous people will try to get as close to a bull as they dare. After the excitement, the bull is taken back to the wooden crate and an outdoor festival begins. This kind of event is found only in the Azores and has been popular here since 16th Century.

Sometimes in the larger towns, a Portuguese equestrian bullfight will take place after the touradas á corda. In a Portuguese bullfight a cavaleiro, or rider, takes to the arena atop a Lusitano breed of horse. The cavaleiro dresses in a silk jacket embroidered with gold and lace and wears tan riding pants and black boots. The goal of the cavaleiro and his horse is not to kill the bull, but to draw the bull to a charge and then to place a single dart in the bull’s back muscle.

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Terceira Mar Hotel Angra do Heroismo
The contemporary Terceira Mar is a resort hotel facing Monte Brasil and the Atlantic Ocean, and is situated 500 metres from the World Heritage city of Angra do Heroismo. The Monte Brasil restaurant serves a selection of international dishes in traditional surroundings with Atlantic views. House specialities include Alcatra, a Portuguese pot roast with wine, bacon and garlic, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can soak up the sun by the pool or escape to the shade of the poolside bar for a cold beer or cocktail. Further relaxation is available at the spa where a range of massages and treatments are offered, as well as a sauna, steam room, Turkish bath, hot tub, indoor pool and gym. There is also a hair and beauty salon on site. The hotel is surrounded by a number of attractions: guests can visit the World Heritage city of Angra do Heroismo 500 metres away, take a dip at Salga Bay 11 kilometres away, or practise their handicap on Terceira Golf Course 15 kilometres away.
Pousada de Angra do Heroismo - Forte de Sao Sebastiao
The Pousada de Angra do Heroísmo, Forte São Sebastião, is located within a 16th century Fortress and known as the Castelinho (little castle) of São Sebastião, which was constructed by demand of El-Rei D. Sebastião, whose name was given to it.  The castle is surrounded by high walls, parts of which are well preserved ruins in nowadays. It still preserves the most characteristic elements and, not a long time ago, used to fly the Portuguese flag.  This historic design hotel is situated in the historic centre of Angra do Heroísmo, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1983.
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