The Azores is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal (the other is Madeira.) There are nine major islands that compose the Azorean archipelago in the Macaronesia region of the North Atlantic. The largest city is Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel. The next largest city is Praia da Vitoria on the island of Terceira. We visited both on this journey.
Ponta Delgada was settled in the 1400’s but did not reach its economic high until the 1800’s when the citrus industry boomed with exports to the United Kingdom. The resulting growth of foreign-owned businesses increased the population and brought ornate homes, large roadways, gardens and parks, and the founding of the University of the Azores.
Here are some photos:
And then we sailed to our final port on this adventure:
Praia d Vitoria, on the island of Terceira, is the second largest city in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Originally settled in the 1400’s, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1614. Reconstructed, the city suffered another, less destructive, quake 1841. But the residents, once again rebuilt, adding an airport and Portuguese Air Base; they expanded the port; and promoted the industrial center.
And here are the photos:
And now, this adventure comes to a close.
We will spend six days at sea as we return to Ft. Lauderdale and our normal lives. This has been an amazing journey and we thank you for sharing it with us!!!
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