Terceira, Pico and São Jorge islands - Azores, 1999

 

 

The First Trip...

Pico Volcano - 2,341 metre (7,680 ft)

In 1999, I made my flight baptism. Although the flight was not as far as he wished, was the ignition for new and longer flights. It flew for the first time on the Atlantic Ocean toward their most beautiful pearls moorings anchored by geological abyssal depths, the effervescence of life on its surface.

First glimpse from afar these dark specks like ghosts lost in the endless blue ocean, is something that touches the soul. A little over an hour's flight from the mainland (Portugal), I could not help thinking how long would our Portuguese navigators in their tiny caravels that stormy sea of fury to get there.

J.P Oliveira

Terceira island

The beautiful island of Terceira, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 the Town of Angra do Heroismo leaves us amazed by the architectural beauty, the contrast of dark volcanic stone sidewalks with the immaculate white of the houses.

Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terceira_Island

São jorge island

São Jorge island, magnificent and beautiful island in the Azores, with theirs Fajãs, tongues of landjammed between the cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean, which stubbornly resist the fury of the sea andprovide shelter for people shaped the bitterness of the time, are a vision wonderful eye.

Pico island, across the channel provides a delightfully fantastic landscape, resembling a floating platform with a spire in the middle, wrapped in clouds persistent circles. Formations ofdark basaltic rock spiked everywhere, let us bent before the demonstration of such a geological force of Nature.

Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Jorge_Island

Pico Island

Pico island, across the channel provides a delightfully fantastic landscape, resembling a floating platform with a spire in the middle, wrapped in clouds persistent circles. Formations ofdark basaltic rock spiked everywhere, let us bent before the demonstration of such a geological force of Nature.

Of every trip I made that point to the Azores, keep the spectacular crossing of the channel between Pico and São Jorge. I had the pleasure of seeing dolphins leaping, or the snows atop the volcano'scone of Pico, yet it was still less spectacular... I made my voyage in a small boat, the water waswithin reach of a hand, the splashes from keel to rip the water along with the ripple caused by thedisplacement of the boat forward in successive onslaughts against waves, filled my lips to tastedeliciously salty. As a children, my wife and I, in endless laughs torn deliciously us with thisfantastic moment. Know a little, wanting to see more, was the desire to one day return there with more time...back to the Azores.

J.P Oliveira

Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_Island

Terceira, São Jorge, Pico - Azores 1999

Some advice: Go with time, if you choose to visit the central group of the Azores. If the target is 2 or 3 islands at least a week.
If you can rent a car in any island, it is more practical to visit places of interest and probably more economic, than riding a táxi-cab...
Take mountain boots, but comfortable. A waterproof is also advisable, in the Azores is normal sudden rainstorms in most of the year.
Empature with the local cuisine, particularly dishes goldfish fresh and good beef. Do not forget the cheese...
If you enjoy a nice swim in crystal clear waters, worth being prepared to go...

J.P Oliveira

Village of Velas, São Jorge - Azores