The Portuguese first reached the Azores in 1427. Their caravels put in at the islands of Santa Maria and São Miguel, and from thos beginnings, all nine islands were gradually settled.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the islands' geographical position was pivotal for Atlantic navigation between Europe, the Oriente and the Americas. During that period, the sea around the Azores was the scene of important sea-battles, and pirates often attacked the islands themselves.
Over the following centuries, the archipelago developed with the introduction of new crops, animal husbandry techniques and larger fisheries.
The Azores has always been part of Portugal and toaday has Autonomous Region status with its own Assembly and Government.
Paradise for nature-lovers
With their blue lakes borderes by flowers, dazzling views of the sea from high in the hills, and lusch green landscapes of ancient volcanic craters, the nine islands of the Azores offer you to rediscover the peace of an unspoilt natural environment.
São Miguel, the largest islands, is renowned for its flowers and green landscapes, its large scenic lakes and the vibrant city of Ponta Delgada.
If you love active holidays, you will find everything you need in the Azores. You can try sailing, diving and surfing. Experience the thrill of whale and dolphin watching, or the excitment of sea fishing. Wheter it's a healthy walk through scenic flower-covered hilles, or testing your skills at golf or tennis, the nine islands of the Azores have it all.
To see a detailed description of the nine islands and explanations of the activities you can do in the Azores, check the presentation done by the Azores Turism Board.
S. Miguel Island - Ponta Delgada