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Home at the end of the world

from afar the island of são jorge looks like a long reptile resting in the ocean, hiding mysteries, and old prohibited lovers. arriving by boat, we can see that there are some strips of land that enter the sea at the base of the cliffs caused by ancient landslides. the so-called fajãs. one of them, fajã do santo cristo (holy lord christ), remains a sacred place. unrivaled in its distance for the world. there are some trails to get there and it will depend on how tired are you (but it will worth all the effort). the easiest (and perhaps least tiring) is the track that comes out of the neighboring fajã, the fajã dos cubres. from there we only rely on our strength. unfortunately, some motorcycles make the way which is clearly contributing to he pollution and decharacterization of the trail. on arrival, although there are more and more tourists, we are dazzled by that mixture of gross dark green nature and the calm of the lagoon followed by an infinite atlantic. the ecosystem …

Light your spirit, drink pico

pico winery landscape was in 2004 elevated to world heritage. it’s breathless when we are the bottom of the mountain with all that green limited by the natural vegetation and by the bold black basalt boundaries around the winery. we visited the interpretation center at lajido of santa luzia where we were very kindly received by the staff. the center is a recovered warehouse that has a permanent exhibition on pico’s wine history and traditions. by the end of the visit, a wine tasting (even if it was before 11am) proved why those are wines exported for all the world, and in times, were the czars’ best choice. not so far from there, enjoy the vineyards landscape at criação velha; at some spots the circulation is free and you can walk around and appreciate the mixture of scents from sea/earth/vineyards. it’s also mandatory to explore the museum of wine at madalena. the place is somehow magic by its localization and local history – an old carmelites property – the vineyards, the volcanic scent, the rough faial-pico channel, the endless atlantic and …

Casa Âncora

in são roque do pico, we had a great gastronomic surprise. casa âncora, by the hand of the chef timur abuziarov, is a modern restaurant using fresh produce from local fishermen and farmers. amazing how the chef managed to seize the azorean flavor in a unique and creative way. a must to do on the island, with the restaurant and lounge just by the sea. perfect at sunset.

São Miguel [2], blue&green

back in the island for a family gathering around one of the ancient religious traditions in azores – the cult of holy spirit – we took the opportunity to continue our journey (re)discovering são miguel. our main objective was to go around the northeast side of the island once last time it was impossible due the mist. and…yes we were lucky! we enjoyed a clear vision of the impressive cliffs and gardens of nordeste and the infinite blue of a silenced atlantic just for us… nordeste, where green meets blue we could live by the sea… all of the light eat being at são miguel is almost mandatory, for us, to have dinner at our favourite vegetarian restaurant, rotas. the food continued amazing. from the same group that got up rotas, louvre michaelense was born from recovering an old storehouse and offers us a lot of handcrafted and local products, while you can have a nice coffee by the window. stay the nook hostel at ponta delgada was a great choice for the weekend, providing all the comfort and amenities …


capelinhos volcano also known in the past as the mistery capelinhos woke up on september 27, 1957 and only a year later went asleep, changing the life of many people in the island. nowadays is an amazing manifestation of earth itself by its aridity and absence of life contrasting the abundant green of the rest of azores.

São Miguel [1], the mist

one of us was born in sao miguel, the other never been there. this was an obvious travel to enjoy together (and the first of many in azores). a popular song of azores is called “islands of brume” and we could testify that for the entire week being there. fortunately, at the very last day, the weather flipped (common in the archipelago weather) and for some hours we could experience some great light. nature itself we guess that everyone who visits são miguel gets mesmerized by its luxurious greens and unclassified lagoons.  nowadays, the world is discovering the azores and we found lots of tourists all around the island. hope they can respect this environment and preserve the island beauty. there are so many things to explore that everyone can trace its own path on the island and find a perfect place to stop and find how small we are in earth. sete cidades and the view of a king hell’s spot or a forgotten paradise under the skin experience fire walk with us across the island terra nostra garden furnas valley or the belly of …

Deep blue

nordeste was during many years called the 10th island of the archipelago due its geographic and social isolation. nowadays things are changing, but it continues to be the most untouched area of the island where its impossible don’t be amazed by the intense meeting of the endless atlantic blue and the luxurious green of the island. s.miguel, azores | april 2016