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Rooftop apart Azores ( free net&free park).
Rooftop apart Azores ( free net&free park).
4 huéspedes
1 dormitorio
1 cama
1 baño
4 huéspedes
1 dormitorio
1 cama
1 baño
No se hará ningún cargo de momento
El moderno y el clásico en un cruce de estilos conjugados en un apartamento urbano-en un condominio de lujo en edíficio moderno, inserto en la zona histórica de Ponta Delgada, en la Isla de S. Miguel en las Azores.Totalmente equipado con excelentes áreas confortables e ideal para las suyas vacaciones.
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O moderno e o clássico num cruzamento de estilos conjugados num apartamento urbano-num condominio de luxo em edíficio moderno , inserido na zona histórica de Ponta Delgada, na Ilha de S. Miguel nos Açores.Totalmente equipado com excelentes áreas confortavel e ideal para as suas férias.

El alojamiento

Acomoda confortably 4 personas, dos en cuarto de matrimonio y dos en sofá cama de excelente calidad, marca Divani Divani. Totalmente equipado con ropa de cama y toallas se ha convertido en una excelente base para deshacerse de los Açores. Acceso seguro, no centro de la ciudad por los monumentos históricos, Iglesia del Colégio, Biblioteca pública, jardín Antero de Quental y restaurantes de encanto "Colégio 27" y Tasca o Taverna açoreana. No hay disponibilidad para el alojamiento en el hotel. Una cesta con algunos de los frutos de la época o una simple botella de vino está disponible en la vossa espera para sus deseos como boas vindas. "Este es un nuevo espacio de Airbnb, pero por favor lea a continuación lo que otros han experimentado durante su estancia con nosotros" 1º "Todo fue absolutamente fantástico.Desde el momento en que nos recogieron en el aeropuerto nos trataron como" familia ".Tan un placer conocerla como ella nos ofreció tal amabilidad y hospitalidad inmediatamente.Gran primera impresión! El apartamento estaba incluso más allá de nuestra las expectativas.Y ofrecían el coche para nuestro uso era una ventaja añadida.Un coche es sin duda necesario para moverse a ver correctamente este hermoso paraíso de Sao Miguel, (URL HIDDEN) casa ofrece todas las comodidades que necesitábamos y la vista era espectacular. eran fácilmente capaz de caminar a la ciudad para la cena o para un paseo.Gracias una vez más al propietario para ayudar a hacer que nuestra estancia sea una experiencia memorable.Nos recomendamos altamente este alquiler a cualquiera y esperamos volver algún día pronto. 2º "O alojamiento satisfecho plenamente con las expectativas." Una ubicación privilegiada, un apartamento prácticamente nuevo y con todas las comodidades como, más importante aún, una excelente recepción por parte del propietario que se dispuso a facultar todo lo que es necesario y el servicio de facilitador durante el período de la estancia. 3º "La ubicación es estupenda, la ubicación es estupenda, la ubicación es estupenda, la ubicación es estupenda, la ubicación es estupenda, el personal es muy amable y servicial. y proporcionarnos con todo lo que puedas necesitar.Recomendaría a cualquiera que busque alojamiento en Ponta Delgada !! " 4º "Muy buena dirección para un viaje a Punta Delgada y Sao Miguel en general. 5º "Situación privilegiada para visitar el oeste de Sáo miguel y ponta delgada, apartamento limpio, tranquilo y confortable. aeropuerto 6º "Pasamos 4 días y noches en Ponta Delgada este julio.Los apartamentos parecían estar limpios y cómodos en una ubicación muy buena no muy lejos del centro pero no había ningún tipo de ruido. Nos gustó mucho. como para recomendar este apartamentos para todo el mundo tanto parejas y familias " 7º "Excellent, rien à redire, Appartement tout neuf et bien placé." El propietario es encantador, habla el francés y es también el lugar me buscar en el aeropuerto. Parfait para una estancia en pareja (grand lit), voire même avec un enfant (canapé pliant dans le séjour) .¡Je recomiendo vivement! " 8º "La ubicación es fantástica, con unas vistas fantásticas de la ciudad y hacia el mar.El balcón era una ventaja encantadora.Solo a 10-15 minutos a pie del puerto (a pie). Alquilamos un coche y tenía uso del garaje para aparcar, que era genial La hospitalidad encantadora, aunque quizás deberíamos haber aprendido algunos portugués para que sea más fácil.Servicios es un 4 porque teníamos que conseguir cosas de lavado y algunos partidos para trabajar la cocina (aunque sólo utilizamos esta vez! Como comer fuera para el encantador La comida de los Azores es imprescindible!) Un buen café / chocolate caliente y una pastelería es realmente barato comparado con Londres! Así que esto era frecuente para nosotros! Recomiendo ir a comer la comida cocinada bajo tierra, visitar las calderas, los manantiales, Terra Nostra jardín es maravilloso, y la cascada.Las vacaciones increíbles.Fue en un viaje de observación de ballenas pero sólo vimos delfines, que era el único inconveniente de las vacaciones.El pabellón principal está en el lado agradable de ocupado en Ponta Delgada.Tanto que hacer, tan poco 2 semanas habría sido mejor para explorar otras islas. Sin duda volveremos al paraíso de los Azores !!! Mucho un apartamento precioso a volver a, aunque usted no estará en el apartamento mucho como usted estará fuera y sobre mucho! " 9º "El apartamento está muy limpio, bien situado y los dueños son muy amables, está disponible en todo momento ante cualquier petición." 10º «Execelente apartamento, con buena ubicación y acceso gratuito a Internet. Apartamento a 5 minutos da avenida principal Muita atención y apoyo por parte del arrendatario. ¡Recomendo tiene el 100%! » 11º "Probablemente uno de los mejores puntos de partida en Ponta Delgada para explorar la ciudad y el senderismo en la isla, muy buenas vistas de la ciudad, el puerto y las montañas. congelador, cocina totalmente equipada con pequeño balcón, un bonito dormitorio con cama de matrimonio, sala de estar con sofá cama y pequeña terraza, televisión vía satélite, ascensor incluso que conduce al garaje para su coche.Los propietarios, Maria y João P. son extremadamente amables , comunicación perfecta en francés e inglés, tienen una solución a todos los problemas posibles e inmaginables hasta el alquiler de coches, vinimos en extraños y dejamos en amigos. en la ciudad y sobre la isla, usted encontrará el lugar perfecto para pasar unas vacaciones relajantes en el corazón de la ciudad. ery agradable dormitorio doble, sala de estar con sofá extensible y pequeña terraza, televisión vía satélite, ascensor que conduce al garaje para su coche. Los propietarios, María y João P. son extremadamente agradable y atento, comunicación perfecta en inglés y francés. Tienen una solución a cada problema que pueda tener, porque la contratación incluye. Nos lo pasamos de maravilla. Vinimos como amigos y dejamos amigos. " 12º Excelente ubicación de los puntos de vista de la ciudad como dos principales monumentos. Vista panorámica muito agradável. Equipada con mobiliario moderno. » 13º "Un apartamento limpio y agradable con maravillosas vistas al mar, ciudad y montañas. Fue genial para ser recogido en el aeropuerto " 14º "El apartamento está muy bien situado, a 5 minutos a pie de la Avenida Marginal de Ponta Delgada. do apartamento y acceso gratuito a Internet a la Biblioteca de Ponta Delgada, a 50 metros de apartamento, junto al jardín. 15º "El apartamento es muy bueno, con una excelente ubicación para ir de compras y turismo.El propietario es encantador y recomiendo este apartamento a amigos." 16º el apartamento está muy bien con una excelente ubicación para ir de compras y visitar la isla. El propietario es encantador y recomiendo este apartamento a amigos. " 17º "El piso es muy bonito, muy tranquilo, muy tranquilo y muy tranquilo. El propietario, Gilda, es sin duda, lo recomiendo! " 18º "O apartamento está muy bien localizado, estaba impecable." Una fe propietária de una simpatia y delicadeza extremas como nunca encontrámos. 19º "El apartamento es muy bonito, luminoso, cómodo, muy bien situado (tiendas cercanas, muy cerca del centro a pie) mientras se encuentra en una zona muy tranquila. extremadamente cálido y cariñoso, siempre dispuesto a ayudar. "Gracias a María y su esposo." 20º "Acogedor y cómodo, la casa es el comienzo de un viaje de maravilla." 20º "Muy buena ubicación con un ambiente tranquilo.
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Acomoda confortavelmente 4 pessoas, duas em quarto de casal e duas em sofá cama de excelente qualidade, marca Divani Divani. Totalmente equipado com roupas de cama atoalhados e loiças torna-se uma excelente base para partir à descoberta dos Açores.
Acesso seguro, no centro da cidade ladeado por monumentos historicos , Igreja do Colégio, Biblioteca pública, jardim Antero de Quental e restaurantes de charme " Colégio 27" e a Tasca ou Taverna açoreana.
No local estará sempre a proprietária para acolher -vos na chegada.
Uma cesta com alguns frutos da época ou uma simples garrafa de vinho estará à vossa espera para vos dar as boas vindas.


"This is a new Airbnb Space but please read bellow what others have experienced while staying with us"


"Everything was absolutely fantastic. From the moment we were picked up at the airport we were treated like "family". Such a pleasure to meet her as she offered such kindness and great hospitality immediately. Great first impression! The apartment was even beyond our expectations. And being offered the car for our use was an added bonus. A car is definitely necessary to get around to properly see this beautiful paradise of Sao Miguel, Azores. The house offered all the amenities we required and the view was spectacular. We were easily able to walk into town for dinner or for a walk around. Thanks once again to the owner for helping make our stay a very memorable experience. We would highly recommend this rental to anyone and we hope to return some day soon."


"O alojamento cumpriu em pleno as expectativas. Uma localização privilegiada, um apartamento praticamente novo e com todas as comodidades necessárias e, mais importante ainda, uma excelente recepção por parte do proprietário que se dispôs a facultar tudo o que fosse necessário e a servir de facilitador durante o período da estadia. Aconselho."


"Had a lovely stay at this rental property. Modern, clean, comfortable and close to all amenities. Nice central city location, quiet at night. Maria, our host, went above and beyond, collecting us from the airport, ensuring we were comfortable and providing us with anything we could possibly need. Would recommend to anyone looking for accomodation in Ponta Delgada!!"


"Très bonne adresse pour un séjour à Punta Delgada et Sao Miguel en général . Les propriètaires sont très sympathiques et très serviables ."


"Situation intéressante pour visiter l''ouest de sao miguel et ponta delgada. appartement propre, clair et confortable. Endroit calme proche du centre ville. séjour très agréable. Propriétaire très accueillante. elle est venue nous chercher et nous ramener à l''aéroport"


"We spent 4 nice days and nights in Ponta Delgada this July. The apartments seemed to be clean and comfortable in a very good location not far from the center but there were no any kind of noise. We liked it very much. We'd like to recommend this apartments for everyone both couples and families"


"Excellent, rien à redire ! Appartement tout neuf et bien placé. La propriétaire est charmante, parle le français et est même venue me chercher à l''aéroport. Parfait pour un séjour en couple (grand lit), voire même avec un enfant (canapé pliant dans le séjour). Je recommande vivement !"


"Amazing location with fantastic views of the city and towards the sea. Balcony was a lovely bonus. Only a 10-15 min walk to the harbour (leisurely walk). We rented a car and had use of the garage to park which was great. Lovely hospitality, although maybe we should have learnt some Portuguese to make it easier. Amenities is a 4 because we had to get washing up stuff and some matches to work the cooker (although we only used this once! As eating out for the lovely Azorean food is a must!). A nice coffee/hot chocolate and a pastry is really cheap compared to London! So this was frequent for us! Recommend going to eat the food cooked underground, visit the calderas, the springs, Terra Nostra garden is wonderful, and the waterfall. Amazing holiday. Went on a whale watching trip but only saw dolphins which was the only downside of the holiday. The main pavilion is on the nice side of busy in Ponta Delgada. So much to do, so little time. 2 weeks would have been better in order to explore the other islands. Will definitely go back to the Azorean paradise!!! Very much a lovely apartment to come back to, although you won't be in the apartment much as you will be out and about a lot!"


"El apartamento está muy limpio, bien situado y los dueños son muy amables, estando disponibles en todo momento ante cualquier petición."

10º
«Execelente apartamento, com boa localização, e internet grátis na Biblioteca mesmo ao lado. Apartamento a 5 minutos da avenida principal. Muita atenção e apoio por parte do arrendador. Recomendo a 100%!»


11º
"Probablement l’un des meilleurs points de depart en Ponta Delgada pour la découverte de la ville et vos randonnés sur l’ Ile. Très belles vues sur la ville, le port et la montagne. Tout y est, sauf vos bagages: Frigo avec congelateur, cuisine toute équippée avec petit balcon, belle chamber avec grand lit, salon avec canapé-lit et petite terrasse, sat-tv, ascenseur menant même à la garage pour votre voiture. Les propriétaires, Maria and João P., sont extrêmement aimables, parfaite communication en Français et Anglais. Ils ont une solution à tous les problèmes possibles et immaginables jusqu’à la location de voitures. Nous étions venus en étrangers et sommes partis en amis. Probably one of the best starting points in Ponta Delgada for your trips in the city and over the island. All you have to bring along is your suitcase. Very nice views of the city, the harbour and the mountains. Everything you need is there: Fridge with freezer, fully equipped kitchen with balkony, very nice double bedroom, living room with extendable sofa and little terrace, sat-tv, elevator leading to the garage for your car. The owners, Maria and João P. are extremely nice and attentive, perfect communication in English and French. They have a solution to every problem you might have, car hiring included. We had a great time there. We came as guests and left as friends. "

12º
»Excelente localização pois fica num bairro muito sossegado e perto dos dois parques da cidade assim como dos principais monumentos. Vista panorâmica muito agradável. Equipada com mobiliário moderno.»

13º
"A clean and pleasant apartment with wonderful views of the sea, city and mountains. Lots of storage space and good kitchen with gas hob. A quiet area but easy access to the city centre and buses and also the hypermarket/shopping mall/cinema complex. It was great to be collected from the airport"


14º
"O apartamento encontra-se muito bem situado, a 5 minutos a pé da Avenida Marginal de Ponta Delgada. Está bem equipado e decorado. Tem uma bonita vista. Recomendamos para tomar o pequeno-almoço a pizzaria Gold Pizza, a cerca de 20 metros do apartamento e para aceder gratuitamente à Internet a Biblioteca de Ponta Delgada, a 50 metros do apartamento, junto ao jardim. A proprietária foi extremamente simpática e prestável. Recomendaremos o apartamento a todos os nossos amigos."

15º
"l'appartement est très bien avec une excellente situation pour les commerces et visiter l'île. La propriétaire est charmante et je conseillerai cet appartement à des amis."


16º
l'appartement est très bien avec une excellente situation pour les commerces et visiter l'île. La propriétaire est charmante et je conseillerai cet appartement à des amis."


17º
"The flat is really nice. Last floor, nice view over the city, very quiet (few people live in the building). There you have everything you need to cook, to have a shower, including towels. the location is perfect, 5 min walking to downtown. The owner, Gilda, is really kind and she went to the airport to get us! I, definitely, reccomend it!"


18º
"O apartamento encontra-se muito bem localizado, estava impecável. A proprietária foi de uma simpatia e delicadeza extremas como nunca encontrámos. Aconselhamos o aluguer, pois foi excelente, para além dos bons conselhos sobre gastronomia e lugares a visitar!"

19º
"L'appartement est très agréable, clair, confortable. Il est très bien situé (commerces à proximité, tout près du centre à pied)tout en étant dans un quartier très calme. Belles vues sur la ville et la mer. Les propriétaires sont extrêmement chaleureux et attentionnés, toujours prêts à rendre service. Merci à Maria et son mari."


20º
"Cosy and confortable, the house is the beginning of a wonder trip."


20º
"Accueil excellent et attentionné, soucieux de notre bien-être lors du séjour. Très bonne localisation avec un environnement calme. Nous vous recommandons cet appartement pour un séjour à Ponta Delgada. "

Servicios y zonas comunes

Apartamento en condominio cerrado, se entrega a los huéspedes claves de acceso al mismo. Situado frente al S.Miguel Park Hotel, a 5 minutos de la Marina y de las Puertas del Mar - Muelle de Cruceros. Una terraza magnífica, donde además de admirar la vista en 360 grados de toda la ciudad y los alrededores, podrán disfrutar de excelentes baños de sol.
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Apartamento em condominio fechado, é entregue aos hospedes chaves de acesso ao mesmo. Localizado em frente ao S.Miguel Park Hotel, a 5 minutos da Marina e das Portas do Mar - Cais de Cruzeiros.
Um Terraço magnifico, onde para além de admirar a vista em 360 graus de toda a cidade e arredores, poderão disfrutar de óptimos banhos de sol.

Atención a los huéspedes

Siempre disponible.
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Sempre disponível.

Otros aspectos destacables

El edificio tiene lugar de garaje con número 82, y puerta con mando en la calle existe parque gratuito con espacio para más de 100 coches.
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O prédio tem lugar de Garagem com número 82, e portão com comando na rua existe parque gratuito com espaço para mais de 100 carros.

Número de licencia o registro

RAL 368
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Servicios

Precios
Personas adicionales 20 € / noche después del primer huésped
Gastos de limpieza 35 €
Depósito de seguridad 100 €
Descuento por semana: 5%
Precio de fin de semana 150 € / noche
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Para que tus pagos estén protegidos, nunca transfieras dinero ni te comuniques desde fuera de la página o de la aplicación de Airbnb.
Más información

Lugares para dormir
Dormitorio 1
1 cama de matrimonio XXL
Zonas comunes
1 sofá cama

Normas de la casa
Prohibido fumar
No se admiten fiestas o eventos
Horario de llegada: de las 12:00 a las 14:00.
Salida antes de las 10:00

Será conveniente e sempre que possivel fumadores (são bem vindos) utilizem os espaços exteriores, (varandas) .


Cancelaciones

Funciones de seguridad
Detector de humo
Detector de monóxido de carbono
Botiquín
Extintor de incendios

Disponibilidad
Estancia mínima de 1 noche

79 evaluaciones

Veracidad
Comunicación
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Ubicación
Llegada
Calidad
Perfil de usuario de Paloma
Mayo de 2017
Todo muy bien. Maria muy agradable. El cuarto de estar se inutiliza cuando se abre la cama

Perfil de usuario de María Desamparados
Julio de 2016
La casa está en el centro de la ciudad y cerca del Apartotel San Miguel un hotel que nos ayudó a alquilar coche ( no había disponible en los rent a car) y taxis para el aeropuerto. Muy serviciales. Nosotros tuvimos sólo el inconveniente de que éramos cuatro personas adultas y sólo había una habitación, el resto era un sofá cama en el comedor tal vez es adecuado para familias o con niños. Por lo demás todo estupendo y María de Miguel encantadora.
Perfil de usuario de Joao Paulo FrazaoJoao Paulo Frazao es Superhost.
Respuesta de Joao Paulo Frazao:
Cara Maria Desamparados, Agradecemos o seu feedback, queria no entanto esclarecer que o apartamento está conforme a descrição. Refere-se que está referido que existe um quarto com uma cama King size, e um sofá cama na sala de excelente qualidade e conforto. Em relação à mesa da sala de jantar, leva quatro pessoas, alias seis pessoas à vontade, a mesa da cozinha a que possibilite somente sentar 3 pessoas. Não entendo porque referencia que o comedor é mais adequado para famílias com ninos??? De qualquer das formas, obrigado pelo seu comentário.
Julio de 2016

Perfil de usuario de Rebeca
Agosto de 2015
La casa es muy bonita y confortable,tiene unas vistas maravillosas de ponta delgada y puedes ir andando al centro. Maria se porto fenomenal, nos recogio y llevo al aeropuerto y hasta nos alquilo un coche!recomendable cien ppr cien
Perfil de usuario de Joao Paulo FrazaoJoao Paulo Frazao es Superhost.
Respuesta de Joao Paulo Frazao:
Thank you very much! All the best for both!
Agosto de 2015

Perfil de usuario de Yury
Agosto de 2017
It was a second time we stay in Maria's apartment. And the impression is still the same: perfect. Incredible support and attitude! Recommended!

Perfil de usuario de Yury
Agosto de 2017
We loved our stay in Maria's apartment. María is a perfect landlady, who really takes care of everything just to make your stay unforgettable. The apartment itself is exactly as described, with everything necessary. Underground parking is a nice bonus for those, who rented a car. Recommend 100%. Muito obrigado!

Perfil de usuario de E.
Septiembre de 2017
MARIA was very accommodating and delightful. The apartment was chic, clean and close to everything. Plus it had a garage for parking! Just perfect!
Perfil de usuario de Joao Paulo FrazaoJoao Paulo Frazao es Superhost.
Respuesta de Joao Paulo Frazao:
Thanks.You are always welcome.
Septiembre de 2017

Perfil de usuario de Trish
Septiembre de 2017
The place was as described. It was very tidy and cute. It had a beautiful view of the city and water from the kitchen, and was a nice central location to be on the island in order to go to all the places we wanted to visit. A special thanks to Maria for waiting so long for my husband and I to get to the apartment. We ended up lost for two hours!! It was exhausting and we are so grateful for the patience. The garage with a parking spot was extremely convenient. Thank you again for letting us stay!

Communicative, sharing a special taste for simplicity, by nature, by land, farming, melomana , cinéfila, book worm, urban biker , loves to be surrounded by friends! :)
dedicated to tourism since 2001, sharing with family, (without which close by, lives not 100% happy ), the taste of receive.
Cultivate the value of friendship disinterested.
. Miguel Island, the biggest of all Azorean islands, is a truly nature's paradise. You can walk around the lakes, visit magic gardens, have a bath on natural hot pools, swim with dolphins, go on a whale watching tour, see volcanos, go to the beach, walk in the middle of the woods for birdwatching, geocaching, hiking, discovering waterfalls or just relaxing.
The weather is very unpredictable. Never too cold; never too hot. Please, bring a rain coat and count the rainbows :) Prepare yourself for having the four seasons in the same day.
After booking guests will be provided with some suggestions: places to go and activities to do.
We hope to meet you at our place! See you soon











Abaixo indicam-se prémios e galardões que distinguem os Açores como um local de eleição para férias solitárias ou em familia, ou grupo de amigos....
Sejam bem vindos!

Azores ranked # 1, All QualityCoast certified destinations in the world’s first green destinations Top 100

For the first time, a Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 is launched to celebrate the management efforts of the most sustainable destinations on Earth. The list is the result of open calls in the social media, followed by a selection by 30 international tourism sustainability experts.

“The Global Top 100 aims to recognise tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously”, says director Albert Salman of GreenDestinations, info. “Nevertheless, no destination is sustainable for the full 100%.” This is why the Top 100 present ratings of overall destination sustainability according to the only available global assessment tool for this purpose: the Global Sustainable Tourism Review, GSTR.”

The destination to be considered most sustainable overall is the Portuguese Azores archipelago, because it has the highest global sustainability score by GSTR: 8.9/10. The number of selected destinations for each continent reflects the relative size of international tourism to that continent.
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The Azores: first platinum sustainable destination
The Azores archipelago has become the first destination to be awarded a Platinum Quality Coast Award in recognition of its high quality coastline and number of sustainable tourism programmes. Only about 5% of the nine volcanic islands are classified as ‘urbanised’ and were also certified as a UNESCO European Geopark in 2013.
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Just my cup of tea: An island-hopping adventure in the very verdant Azores
Legend has it that car-maker Henry Ford offered his customers a choice of colours: black, black or black. The Azores are similar, only in green. Forget Fifty Shades: visit this Portuguese archipelago and you’ll find yourself saturated in more verdancy than you could ever imagine.
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AZORES - World's Most Unique Travel Destinations
A big part of travel is that feeling you get when experiencing something completely new, something you haven't seen or done before.
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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan -Trek the Volcanic Islands of the Azores - Hike among geothermal springs, deserted beaches, and petrified lava landscapes in this Portuguese archipelago.
//////// NY TRAVEL MAG By Adam H. Graham

Smoke on the water - Nigel Tisdall explores São Miguel and the other Azores, islands that have barely woken up to their tourist potential. Photographs by Ken Griffiths.
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"Not a beach destination or otherwise susceptible to mass tourism; indeed, its capricious climate probably impedes the flow of tourists. The islands' green volcanic mountains and picturesque black-and-white towns look set to remain unspoiled."
////////////// NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER

"Wonderful place. Built environment in good shape. Locals are very sophisticated as most have lived overseas."
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"Remote and temperate, the Azores remain lightly touristed. Main visitor type is the independent traveler staying in B&Bs. The ecosystem—from the beautiful hydrangea-covered hills of Flores to the rock-bottomed bays of Terceira—is in great shape. Whales still a frequent sight. Local culture strong and vibrant. Not uncommon to be invited to a person's house for dinner, or welcomed into a communal meal during a festival."
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"As always, it is the getting there that counts. The more rugged the journey, the more secure the memory of it against the ravages of time - and the deeper the awareness of where you have arrived...."
////////////// THE NEW YORK TIMES TRAVEL - Escape to the Azores by Robert D. Kaplan

"Evidence of the Azores' volcanic legacy is everywhere. Black honeycombed lava stone is the common denominator of all dwellings, from Baroque churches and manor houses to the humblest cottage. The natural beauty bequeathed by volcanic fury is even more noticeable. Lava-rich soil nourishes a patchwork of camellias, lilies, ferns, azaleas and hydrangeas, zig-zagged with lava rock walls. Sao Miguel's Lagoa do Fogo (lake of fire) was formed at the bottom of an eroded volcano. The place is so tranquil that at first it didn't occur to me to follow a path down the lake's mossy sides to enjoy the profane pleasures of swimming in its turquoise waters.... "
////////////// THE NEW YORK TIMES TRAVEL- Splendid Isolation In the Azores- By Barbara Paulson

The Azores are “sunny, beautiful and safe but Portugal doesn’t seem to know what to do with them,” writes Andrew Mueller, referring to the nine islands as the “most undervalued, under-exploited asset in the world.”
////////////// MONOCLE MAGAZINE (ISSUE 57) Waiting in the Isles by Andrew Mueller

"...Like that island of rain and smiles, the landscapes of the Azores are abundantly green - but with added exoticism. The islanders appear to have raided every passing vessel for seeds and cuttings, and one of the joys of pottering around in a hire car is coming across parks, viewpoints and roadside verges that are exploding with flowers. The spikey orange blooms of wild ginger, originally from the Himalayas, are particularly noticeable, and where we have fields bordered with hedgerows, local farmers go in for lines of blue and white hydrangeas that in summer turn the islands into a vast floral garden...."
////////////// THE TELEGRAPH /TRAVEL, The Azores: Europe begins here by Nigel Tisdall.

"A four-hour direct flight from Boston brings you to this string of volcanic islands, and transports you to an altogether other world."
"At the end of my first day on Sao Miguel, after racing to glimpse half a dozen of the island’s spectacular mountains, lakes, and beaches before a helmet of fog settled down over them, I came across an arresting sight. In Mosteiros, a small village of red-roofed, whitewashed houses on the island’s northwestern corner, the mauve sunset collided with the blue ocean to frame a set of rock formations standing sentinel just offshore. It looked a bit like a Stonehenge of the sea. In every guidebook for the Azores — a string of nine volcanic islands sitting in the wide-open Atlantic between New England and Western Europe — there is a checklist of not-to-miss sights. It’s a testament to the bounty of Azorean beauty that on the lists I had consulted, this gorgeous scene in Mosteiros was nowhere to be found."
"The Azores just might be the most interesting destination you’ve either never heard of or never seriously considered. It’s something of a mystery why more New Englanders don’t visit the archipelago, which functions as an autonomous region of Portugal. It’s not because of inconvenience. Boston is the only American city offering year-round nonstop flights to Sao Miguel, whose population of nearly 140,000 exceeds the combined total inhabitants of the eight other islands. And the flight there takes only about four hours."
////////////// THE BOSTON GLOBE MAGAZINE - Azores, a perfect destination for Boston travelers By Neil Swidey

"Just four hours from Boston lies a bit of Old World Europe that Americans have yet to discover. In the Azores, you can find crater lakes, ancient walking paths and renovated stone houses. What you won’t find (yet) are crowds..."
////////////// EUROPEAN TRAVEL ON NBC NEWS - The new allure of the Azores by Christine Richard

"Our airplane is descending in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and I can't get Barry Manilow out of my head. "It's a miracle!" he keeps singing. "A true-blue spectacle! A miracle come true!"
////////////// TRAVEL+LEISURE, Untouched Azores by David Hochman

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And the Award for Platinum Quality Coast, 2014-2015 goes to the Portuguese archipelago of nine islands – Azores. The award from Quality Coast, the largest certification programme in the world, identifies destinations that standout in regard to sustainable tourism. This is the first time such an award is being presented.
By achieving the award, Azores has maintained its impressive track record for sustainable tourism destinations. For 2013-2014, the archipelago was named No.1 sustainable tourism destination by Quality Coast. Located in the centre of the North Atlantic the Azores achieved high scores in every sector. These included coastal areas, nature, clean water, marine life, hotels, community/identity, landscape, blue flags, environment, culture, and socio-economic factors.
A panel consisting of renowned marine and coastal management specialists was charged with identifying the islands that exhibited the highest standards. Following their unanimous decision, this year the Azores emerged the winner for the second time in two years. It beat a field that consisted of more than 1,000 island and coastal destinations cementing its position at the helm. This is quite impressive considering it became part of the programme in 2009.
The urbanized region in Azores accounts for only 5% of the total land. The main industries in the archipelago are dairy farming, agriculture, fishing, livestock ranching, and tourism. Concerted efforts are made to ensure renewable energy is adopted. Success is achieved by emphasizing the importance of protecting the environment. This is done through schooling programs, increasing the protected areas and also better regulation.
Due to the sparse development and urbanization, the volcanic archipelago has many natural heritage sites such as the UNESCO Biosphere reserve. The island is also home to a rich marine eco-system that is also protected. Common animals include pelagic fish, dolphins, marine turtles, sperm whales, great whales, cold water corals and birds. In 2013, UNESCO certified the archipelago as a European Geopark that offers well-regulated snorkeling, cycling trails, scuba-diving, 33 Blue Flag beaches, and hiking.



About two hours flying time from the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, lies a nine-island archipelago which amazes its visitors with striking natural scenery and marine life. The Azores, discovered in 1427, are of volcanic origin and, lacking in white sandy beaches, they are not a typical holiday resort.



Many visitors come to admire the strange volcanic formations with blue lakes inside the craters, volcanic caves, sheer black cliffs and rugged mountains. Legend has it that the islands are the tips of the highest mountains of the mythological Atlantis. Those who are interested in strange geological formations should visit the caves at Algar do Carvao on Terceira Island.



When visiting the Azores, visitors can play golf on the largest of the islands – San Miguel. One of the best ways to explore the island is by means of the local Jeep Safari. English speaking drivers take you on a tour around the west side of the island.



However, the number one tourist attraction in the Azores is whale and dolphin watching. Nearly twenty species of whales have been identified in the seas around here and there are also opportunities to swim with dolphins. Daily trips are available, with boats departing from the island of Pico and Faial.



Scuba diving possibilities are vast and those visitors who are fond of fishing can depart from Ponta Delgada on San Miguel with the “Rabao” crew and spend a day fishing out in the ocean.


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