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Azores, the island of flowers

Azores island is more knowed as the “Flowers island” an almost unknown Paradise

It is the westernmost point of Portugal (on the islet of Monchique) and often regarded as the westernmost point of Europe (if considered part of Europe, even if based on the North American Plate).

Azores island is one of the most beautiful of the archipelago, covering up of thousands of hydrangeas blue, which divide the fields along the roads, on the banks of streams and ponds. This island was included on May 27, 2009 in the list of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves Network, joining the Graciosa and Corvo also already include the list.

The Azores, officially the Autonomous Region of the Azores, is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal,

There are nine major Azorean islands and an islet cluster, in three main groups. These are Flores and Corvo, to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial in the centre; and São Miguel, Santa Maria, and the Formigas Reef to the east.

All the islands have volcanic origins, although some, such as Santa Maria, have had no recorded activity since the islands were settled. Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft). The Azores are actually some of the tallest mountains on the planet, measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean to their peaks, which thrust high above the surface of the Atlantic.


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