Azores archipelago, peaks of giant seamounts, is extended between 36,5º - 40º North latitudes and 24,5º - 31,5º West longitudes, comprising an area 600km2 wide. It is composed of 9 volcanic islands (from West to East): Corvo, Flores, Faial, Pico, São Jorge, Graciosa, Terceira, São Miguel and Santa Maria. Without forgetting the Formiga's reef at the easternmost edge. Graciosa, Flores and Corvo islands are reserves of the biosphere by UNESCO, with over 30 beaches with the blue flag. The archipelago is located about 1,360 km west of Portugal, in North-eastern Atlantic waters.
For nature lovers, this remote archipelago is the perfect place to disconnect. Its exceptional location makes it ideal to practice bird-watching, whale-watching, kayak activities, diving, surfing… you name it! Its water temperature oscillates between 17 an 25 degrees throughout the year, with maximum visibility of 30 metres between May and October.
It is in the top 100 sustainable destinations in the world, and the government wants to achieve for 2018 the objective of getting at least 75% of the energy from renewable sources. They have a rich and protected geo-diversity and marine life, natural areas with well-regulated hiking trails and even "eco-schools", and just a 5% of the archipelago is urbanized.