My first experiences of the Azores
Through a very interesting set of coincidences I have met a young man from the Azores. We were having this conversation and I asked him where he lives and he said, without a second of hesitation, that he lives in Paradise. I thought he was joking, but then he showed me a few photos which made me think: maybe he is right. To be completely honest, I also felt a bit embarrassed because I did not know exactly where these islands are located.
So here you are: the Azores islands (Açores in Portuguese), officially the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Região Autónoma dos Açores), are located in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,500 km west of Lisbon, and about 2,000 km southeast of Newfoundland, Canada, according to Wikipedia.
The archipelago is composed of nine volcanic islands, with São Miguel Island being the largest of the 9.
Every island is characterized by one particular color
Santa Maria known as the yellow island due to the abundance of yellow broom on the island and because of it’s dry, warm, and sunny climate.
São Miguel is known as the green island due to its incredibly green pastures, fields, and forests.
Terceria known as the purple island due to its lilac grape bunches.
Graciosa known as the white island due to its landscape characterized by pale white rocks, and names given to certain places like Pedras Brancas (White Stones), Serra Branca (White Mountains), and Barro Branco (White Clay). Also, all houses on this island are whitewashed.
São Jorge known as the brown island due to the brown rocks of its famous Ponta dos Rosais (Rosais Point).
Pico known as the grey island due to the rocky surface of its outstanding Montanha do Pico (Mount Pico), also the highest point in Portugal.
Faial known as the blue island due to the blue hydrangeas that decorate the houses and that divide the fields and line the roadsides.
Flores known as the pink island due to the great profusion of wild flowers, especially pink azaleas.
Corvo known as the black island due to the lava walls that divide its fields and pastures.
The below gallery features the flowers the islands have been named after.
Sources: Publicor: Azores Touris Guide (ISBN 9789897350962)