News on Azores
22 October 2016
Great event going on during this days.....
19 July 2016
São João Festival - Vila Franca do Campo 2016
12 June 2016
A popular fiesta with a lot of music shows and tapas tends, go and have fun!
Santo Cristo dos Milagres
31 March 2016
The second largest Portuguese catholic celebration is Santo Cristo dos Milagres in the island of São Miguel, Azores.
This celebration will take place between April 28th and May 5th, 2016.
Romeiros (Pilgrims) of São Miguel
15 February 2016
Romeiros (Pilgrims) of São Miguel
During February and March 2016
The Romeiros come from all around the world. They walk the island roads for eight days during the months of February and March. They travel clockwise on the island in groups by the dozens, from dawn to dusk.
They carry a staff and a rosary in their hand, a scarf around their neck, a bag and shawl on their backs. As night falls they are given shelter by families that offer dinner and some hours of sleep. It's through prayer that they free themselves from the burdens of the world. Some have been pilgrims for 2 or 3 decades consecutively. Some are pilgrims once, as if they had done it forever. Faith does not change it is a life commitment.
Light mag. 4.3 earthquake - AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL on Tuesday, 19 January 2016
19 January 2016
Storm Alex has caused little damage after arriving in the Azores in the North Atlantic ocean.
16 January 2016
The eye of the storm missed the archipelago's island of Terceira by 20 km (12 miles), meteorologists said.
Authorities had warned of the risk of landslides, flash-flooding and "significant coastal flooding," but Alex caused no more damage than toppling trees and cutting power to some villages.
Residents of the seven Portuguese islands had reinforced doors and windows with plywood and sandbags on Friday, and schools and administrative buildings were closed, but there were no casualties.
The Azores government also advised the closure of some schools.
The islands are home to 250,000 people and are an autonomous region of Portugal, which lies 850 miles to the east.
Alex is unusual for forming during winter when sea temperatures in the North Atlantic are much lower. The storm is expected to head north towards Greenland before dissipating.
Rare January hurricane forms in Atlantic, threatens Azores.
14 January 2016
MIAMI (AP) — A rare January hurricane formed far out in the Atlantic on Thursday, and U.S. officials said it was the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938.
Hurricane Alex's maximum sustained winds were near 85 mph (140 kph). A hurricane warning was issued for Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores Islands, where the Civil Protection Service issued a weather red alert, the highest of four warnings that indicates extreme risk, for five of the archipelago's nine islands. It said residents should expect waves up to 18 meters (60 feet) high and wind gusts up to 160 kph (100 mph).
TheU.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a Facebook post that there hasn't been a hurricane present during the month of January since
1955, when Alice formed in late December 1954 and carried over into the next month.
The hurricane was centered about 415 miles (670 kilometers) south of Faial Island in the central Azores and was moving north-northeast near 20 mph (31 kph).
Alex was expected to move near or over parts of the Azores on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The Azores government on Thursday advised kindergartens to stay closed and told residents to ensure drainage systems aren't blocked.
The archipelago, which has a population of around 250,000, has been threatened by hurricanes before, but they usually lose their strength as they move into colder northern water.
Alex formed only days after a rare event in the Pacific. An El Nino-related tropical storm formed southwest of Hawaii last week. Tropical Storm Pali, only the third such system to develop in January in over 40 years,had weakened to a depression by Thursday and was expected to dissipate in the next day or so. It never made landfall and was no threat to land.
However, Alex's formation has nothing to do with El Nino, according to NOAA Climate Prediction Center deputy director Mike Halpert. NOAA researcher
Jim Kossin said the water Alex formed in was about 3 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal, still barely warm enough for a storm to
TOP FIVE ISLAND DESTINATIONS
13 January 2016
These islands including Flores (pictured)lie about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) west of continental Portugal.
The Azores are home to green volcanic mountains and picturesque townsattributes noted by one of 522 experts who helped judge 111 islands for National Geographic Traveler magazine.
The archipelago was ranked second because the Azore's strong culture and healthy ecosystems are likely to last, especially since the islands' "capricious climate probably impedes the flow of tourists," according to another expert participating in the ranking.
Early signs of inappropriate development, however, were a concern.