Azores and Madeira

Azores Holidays: Best of Sao Miguel, Terceira & Pico

Azores Islands travel offers an array of ways to appreciate Mother Nature, explore pineapple plantations, geysirs, and vast expanses of patchwork emerald fields. This North Atlantic archipelago calls to mind the scenery of Hawaii, Iceland and Ireland. Discover the cultural landscape of Sao Miguel, Terceira and Pico!

Azores Holidays: Best of Sao Miguel, Terceira & Pico

The Flower Power of Madeira

The Portuguese island of Madeira has been referred to as one giant garden. Flowers in Madeira are a key part of its landscape and culture, Its vast biodiversity qualified it as a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. With over 3,000 types of flowering plants and 780 native Madeira plants, it's no wonder the island is know as a 'floating flower pot.'

The Flower Power of Madeira

Cultural Connections - Pico Island

With this mesmerizing video, visit Pico, part of the Azorean archipelago of ancient volcanic islands located in the Atlantic ocean. On Pico, you feel the rich, fertile, potent power of the black earth. But the awe-inspiring forces that made all that black lava rock are unpredictable, and so on Pico, most people seek a connection with a comforting, protective divinity...and with each other.

Cultural Connections - Pico Island

Rafael Carvalho on the Viola da Terra & Traditional Music of the Azores

Learn about traditional Azorean music, its chief instrument the Viola de Terra, and Rafael's role in reviving Azorean roots music, almost extinguished by Fascism. Get a glimpse of the history behind the music's diversity and improvisation, and the faith & festivals of the Azorean lifestyle.

Rafael Carvalho on the Viola da Terra & Traditional Music of the Azores

Carina Costa of the Terra Nostra Gardens, Azores

Explore the Terra Nostra, Azores with BCD and Carina Costa who is a second-generation steward of Terra Nostra Gardens, a cultural landmark in Furnas village on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores. Soak up the history of this 200-year old garden set in volcanic crater & amidst therapeutic springs.

Carina Costa of the Terra Nostra Gardens, Azores