Like walking through a landscape painting

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Azores Islands: like entering a landscape

March 23, 2022, 10:35 a.m.

Last modification: March 23, 2022, 12:03 p.m.

The first place we went to visit was a pineapple farm. Long ago, sailors brought tropical fruits here from Venezuela. The guide showed us different greenhouses full of different aged pineapples and even a pineapple liqueur.

We saw the beautiful Lake Furnas from afar and while we were enjoying the view we saw clouds rolling in on the horizon and within minutes the mighty lakes and roads were all hidden by mist which followed.

After that we drove for a while towards the town of Furnas along the shore and found the sunlight again.

Here we tried the water from several hot springs and they tasted really different due to the minerals in them.

Locals told us how they sometimes cook with natural heat from springs, especially chicken and corn. However, in the time of their ancestors, it was more of a necessity than a custom.

This small town seems straight out of a fairy tale, as it is often hidden in smoke. Besides the unpleasant smell of sulfur, it was quite an adventure to explore the springs and see the trace of chemicals on the roads.

Ponta Delgada, where we stayed, is the capital of this island and the most populated city of the whole archipelago. Every afternoon we took pleasant walks on the cobbled roads of the city center.

This town has a few museums, a synagogue and a local art gallery, dotted with wonderful seafood restaurants. Local specialties include parrot fish and king fish.

Visiting the Porto Formosa tea plantation was a great experience for us. Not only do they produce tea, but they have also preserved the heritage of tea production on this island from the days of yore.

It has an organized museum that showcases several varieties of tea. It was surreal to sip tea on her terrace overlooking the sleepy blue Atlantic.

We visited several other scenic spots and hiked. We even managed to see the green fountain of youth but couldn’t visit the famous Sete Cidades lagoon due to the weather.

The Ribeira Grande (a municipality of São Miguel) impressed us with its giant wave beaches and natural landscapes.

The whole island of São Miguel looks like a perfect painting of a landscape and we met people from different countries like Germany, England and the United States who moved here to live in peace for the rest of their life. Many of them have homestay businesses and suggested we do the same!

Hills and valleys of the São Miguel archipelago

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Hills and valleys of the São Miguel archipelago

Hills and valleys of the São Miguel archipelago

Although I’m not sure I live and do business in the Azores, I’m sure I want to revisit this magical place!

How to get there

You can first fly to Lisbon or Porto in Portugal and then fly to the Azores. There are no direct flights to Portugal from Dhaka.

Turkish Airlines

Dhaka-Lisbon-Dhaka: around 150,000 Tk.

Emirates

Dhaka-Lisbon-Dhaka: around 165,000 Tk.

Air Ryan

Lisbon-Ponta Delgada-Lisbon: around 3,000 Tk.

Where to stay

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

Part of the historic Terra Nostra Garden, the hotel is ideally located to take advantage of the natural geothermal wonders of São Miguel Island.

Price: Tk 17,000 per night approx.

Casa Hintze Ribeiro

One of the few boutique-style properties in Ponta Delgada, Casa Hintze Ribeiro combines chic interior design and an excellent range of facilities, with the added convenience of self-catering accommodation.

Price: 6,500 Tk approx.

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