As I sat on the computer looking through my photos looking for the perfect picture to express what I was feeling I came across my photos from our honeymoon in the San Miguel, Azores. The Azores are a collection of islands belonging to Portugal which are situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The Azores are often referred to as the Green Islands due to the tropical feel and lush pasteurizers all around. The views are breathtaking. The highways are lined with gardenias all along. There are mountains which offer incredible surrounded by picture perfect scenes. Many of the locals speak English, but Portuguese is the native language.
I have been to the Azores several times. I am in no means an expert when it comes to being a tour guide, but I did want to share some of our favorite things about the Azores.
I am a firm believer that if you have never eaten Portuguese food you have not eaten great food yet. The foods are sweet and savory and so fresh. One of the specialties is codfish which is made in several different ways. You can have it fried or boiled, in a casserole or even in a soup. My favorite is fried with a lemony garlic sauce smothered over it.
The pier is also a great area to grab some food. The service at all the restaurants is five stars. I will warn you that the way of life in the Azores is much different from here in the States. Expect to wait a while for your food to arrive and dinner doesn't usually start until 10 pm. Also, no one waits for the weekend to stay up late. It is normal to sing karaoke until 4 am on a Wednesday night. Now that is my kind of lifestyle.
We stayed at two great hotels during our trip. The first was located in the city of Ponta Delgada which was called the Hotel Talisman. It is a very modern hotel with staff that is very helpful and accommodating. We told them that we were on our honeymoon during my online booking and we were upgraded to the suite for no extra charge. It was so beautiful. There is a great restaurant on site which was good and the hotel is centrally located to all the sites.
The second hotel was called Terra Rostra which is located on the other side of the island in a town called Furnas. It is not a very modern hotel, but what it lacks in the hotel it gains in other areas. It is located in the middle of beautiful lush garden which is so peaceful and calm and just so lovely. It also has a iron water pool which is said to have anti aging and other healthy agents. I will warn you the water looks murky. As in you can't see what is down below, but it is a must try.
I hope you enjoyed this post about my favorite place to visit and you consider visiting the Azores soon!