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Live Participation of Azorean Houses in the Salon de Vacances Exhibition
The Association of Azorean Houses was present at t ...
“Sea of Emotions” is the theme of the 2013 Sanjoanina Festival
The 2013 Sanjoanina Festival will take place betw ...


Live Participation of Azorean Houses in the Salon de Vacances Exhibition

The Association of Azorean Houses was present at the Salon de Vacances exhibition, held in Brussels, Belgium, from the 31st to 4th of February.

Azores as a tourist destination was showcased as an ideal location for rural and nature tourism. At the Azores stand, Azorean Houses was represented as well as the Bahia Palace hotel, Ilha Verde rent-a-car and the tour operators Jetair (part of the Tui group) and Adagiotours.

The Salon de Vacances is a highly regarded and the largest tourist exhibition in Belgium and is mainly aimed at the end user and as such is an important event in terms of sales.

The market as a whole showed itself to be very interested in products that stand out, namely regarding rural and nature tourism, in which Azorean Houses has, at a regional level, played a pivotal role in supply and ensuring service of excellence.

“Sea of Emotions” is the theme of the 2013 Sanjoanina Festival

The 2013 Sanjoanina Festival will take place between the 21st and 29th of June in Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira Island, and has as it's central theme “Sea of Emotions”, an edition to bring together the emigrant community.

Ricardo Matias, president of the Festival Committee, described a “sea of emotions” as  emotions brought about by the landscapes, food, heritage and festivities of Terceira as well as the good humour and hospitality of Terceira islanders.

This is one of the archipelago's festivals that should not be missed.

Azores is a top world tourist destination in 2013

The Azores Archipelago is among the top 25 places to visit in the world in 2013. This is the opinion of Fodor's Travel Intelligence, the largest editor of tourist guides in English and one of the biggest of its kind in the world, places the Azores on Fodor's Go List 2013.

The Azores are described in this prestigious magazine as “delicious” and a true “paradisical find”. The publication highlights whale watching and the seaside picturesque villages as some of the wonders of this Archipelago. “Each of the nine islands that make up the Azores Islands has its own fascinating identity ” writes Margaret Kelly of Fodor's.

Llisted on Fodor's Go List 2013 are a myriad of places from all corners of the globe ranging from Easter Island to England, Mexico City, Myanmar and even Disney World Orlando, in Florida.

Find out more here.

Azorean Houses elects new council in January

The Azorean Houses Association, which has over 50 rural tourism accommodation establishments, has elected a new council for the years 2013-2015, that will take over from the first day of 2013.

The development of partnerships with other entities, both at a national and international level, the active participation in events that allows new contacts to be made and the exchange of experiences, strengthening communication and investing in the dissemination of the accommodation network on the Azorean Houses website ( are some of the priority goals of this new council.

Find out more about the new council of Azorean Houses here.

Planning and Policy Office publishes “Study on the internationalisation of tourism in rural areas”

The Office of Planning and Policy, in partnership with the Board of Agriculture and Rural Development and in collaboration with Tourism of Portugal, I.P., promoted the “Study on the internationalisation of tourism in rural areas”.

This Study, which arose from the need to define an integrated national strategy for the sector, was financed by the National Rural Network Program and undertaken by THR – International Tourist Consultants.

The document was presented in Palmela on the 7th of November 2012 at the “Challenges to Tourism in Rural Areas” seminar.

Find out more about this study here.

Recovery project of the Lagoa das Furnas wins award

The ecological recovery project of the Hydrological Basin of the Lagos das Furnas, in S. Miguel island, was awarded first place in the 2012 National Landscape Award, an award given by the Ministry of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning, through the Territorial Management Board.

With this distinction, the Project will be the national representative in the 2013 Landscape Award of the Council of Europe, an award aiming to recognise the implementation of conservation, management and landscape planning policies or measures which enable sustainability and promote the involvement and raise awareness of the general public.

The Autonomous Region of the Azores also won second place in this national award with the Landscape of Capelinhos Volcano in Faial.

According to the Regional Secretary of Natural Resources, Luis Viveiros, obtaining the first two places in the 2012 National Landscape Award means that “the investment that the Azores Government has undertaken in the area of planning, protection, conservation and valorisation of the natural heritage has paid off”.




Azores are a “Natural Laboratory” for studying terrestrial molluscs

The Azores have 110 species of terrestrial molluscs, half of which are endemic, making the Azores Archipelago a “natural laboratory” for studying molluscs.

“Evolutionary processes can be observed and studied in the Azores making them a natural laboratory” stated António Frias Martins, president of the World Malacological Society, adding that over 25 species new to science remain to be discovered in the region.

In the Azores, aside from terrestrial molluscs such as snails and slugs, it is also possible to observe marine molluscs of “great scientific interest” including squids, clams and conches.

The natural beauty of the Azores led them to being chosen as the host of the World Malacological Congress which will take place at the University of the Azores, on S. Miguel island, between the 21st and 28th of July 2013 and will bring around 400 scientists of 70 nationalities to the region.

Tourism magazine recommends Azores gastronomy

The October/November issue of “Viagens e Resort” magazine published a seven-page article on the Azores, giving prominence to the “excellent gastronomy” of the islands.

According to the tourism magazine, “one of the aspects that most stands out about the Azores is the diversity of it’s food, which is irresistibly appetizing”. The Azores are “a world of aromas and flavours which must be discovered” as well as being “a peaceful and tranquil refuge, surrounded by incredible natural beauty”.

Find out more here.

Festival pays tribute to Nemésio on Terceira Island

The Festival Outono Vivo, taking place from the 26th of October to the 4th of November at Praia da Vitória on Terceira Island, has the Azores as its central theme.

This seventh edition of the Festival will pay tribute to the poet, writer and intellectual Vitorino Nemésio. “It is a tribute to Nemésio when the 110 year anniversary of his birth is being celebrated and it is a way of valuing what is ours” stated Paulo Cordoniz, Culture councillor in the municipality of Praia da Victória, highlighting that “99.9%” of the artists participating in this year’s Outono Vivo are “friends of the island”.

Find out more about this event here.

Easyjet wants a route to the Azores

The Azores Archipelago is one of the destinations that Easyjet aims to include among it’s routes. The existence of low cost travel to the Azores will stimulate tourism and benefit the Azorean population, stated Javier Gandar, the British company’s director. Find out more about this article here.

Sustainable tourism wins European award

The Land of the Priolo (Terras do Priolo), located in the west of São Miguel Island, in the Azores, was recently included in the European Charter Areas for Sustainable Tourism by the non-governmental European organisation EUROPARC.

Following this award, the Land of the Priolo, with half its territory found within the Natural Park of São Miguel Island, will invest in the development of nature tourism in protected areas, contributing thus towards the sustainability of ecosystems.

From the plan that has already been outlined, various actions will take place until 2017 including coordination and conservation measures, the promotion of sustainable activities such as mountaineering in protected areas, acknowledging the cultural significance of the Land of the Priolo, dissemination of the area as a tourist destination and the increase in sustainable tourism operators.

This plan envisages the application of a participatory method that allows coordination of the different institutions and economic agents related to tourism and nature conservation in order to reach a common strategy to promote sustainable tourism.

Find out more here.

Lagoa do Fogo among the 7 Wonders of Portugal

The Lagoa do Fogo, one of the Azores’ biggest lakes and among the main geological sites of S. Miguel island, was voted one of the “7 Beaches - Wonders of Portugal”, on the 8th of September, in the category of wild beaches.

The Lagoa do Fogo, located at an altitude of 575m in the centre of the island of S. Miguel - in the municipality of Ribeira Grande - and classified as a Natural Reserve since 1974, was one of the 21 shortlisted beaches in the competition “7 Beaches - Wonders of Portugal” along with Canto Marinho and Fisgas de Ermelo, going on to win the Wonder of Portugal distinction in the category of wild beaches. Although its natural, environmental and scenic characteristics are plain to see, its value has now been officially recognised with the awarding of this prize.

Find out more about the 7 Wonder of Portugal here.

“Terras do Priolo” receives the EUROPARC award

The touristic value of the Azores for those who seek nature and quality service has been acknowledged in the “Terras do Priolo” (Land of the Priolo) which encompasses the municipalities of Nordeste and Povoação.

The Council of the EUROPARC federation has included the “Terras do Priolo” into the European Charter Areas for Sustainable Tourism, an award which will be presented at the 2012 EUROPARC conference held between 22nd and 25th October 2012.

This award comes as a result of the effort invested by all participants over the last year in the candidacy process and marks the beginning of the implementation of the action plan conceived for this award.

According to the Regional Director for the Environment, João Bettencourt, the “European Charter Areas for Sustainable Tourism is not just an award, it is predominantly an analysis of the region from a touristic, environmental and social perspective, which allows the creation of a sustainable development strategy.” João Bettencourt further highlights that this award therefore implies a “commitment” on behalf of institutions, companies and the population to upkeep and preserve the areas encompassed by this award.

Find out more about EUROPARC 2012 and about this Candidacy here.

IV Meeting of Reflection on Tourist Attractions held in November in Terceira

The IV Meeting of Reflection on Tourist Attractions, under the theme “Tourism and Cultural Activities”, will take place on the island of Terceira from the 16th to 18th of November 2012, jointly organised by the Regional Tourism Association of the Azores (ART) and the Azorean Institute of Culture (IAC).

This event will provide important debate and contemplative sessions about the resources, potential and strategies that the Azores can value within its remarkable cultural heritage, a vital resource for the responsible and sustainable development of its tourism.

The Reflective Meeting, taking place at the Congress and Cultural Centre of Angra do Heroísmo, is structured into four sessions throughout two days. The opening session will occur on the 16th of November between 2.30pm and 3pm and is followed by various talks from national and international speakers. As well as presentations from experts in Cultural Tourism, the meeting includes debate sessions, workshops and an activities program.

Find out more here.

WINE IN AZORES Festival in Ponta Delgada in October

Festival in Ponta Delgada in October
The festival Wine in Azores 2012, held in Ponta Delgada at the Pavilhão do Mar from the 26th to 28th of October, will bring together the largest regional and national wine producers. Seen as one of the biggest events of this nature, the Wine in Azores is not only a showcase for wine products but also an excellent opportunity for the promotion of Azorean products.

Throughout three days, from 3pm until 9pm, the Pavilhão do Mar will open its doors to all lovers of Azorean wine and gourmet products.

Find out more about this Festival here.