What to do in the Azores these days

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One often says that life is too short and when Carnaval rolls around, it goes by in three short days. But in the Azores Islands, Carnaval takes a little longer: on Terceira Island, one of the largest street theater performances in the world takes place, called Bailinhos. There are over 50 performances throughout the Island, and you can keep track of them through the app Carnaval Ilha Terceira, when you visit Angra as a destination.


Celebrations are abundant, from masked balls and dances to comedy performances, especially on São Miguel Island at Coliseu Micaelense. Here you can also find emerging stars of the national music arena, such as AGIR, Karcocha, Mishka or Odeith, one of the best national graffiti artists who will leave a fabulous design in Ribeira Grande. This is all integrated in the MOVE, an urban festival taking place in this more Northern town of São Miguel, which is intended to get the entire Island “moving.” There are many options for you to explore, and joy and fun are absolute guarantees.


The popular tradition of Carnaval in the Azores Islands couldn’t end without the famous Battle of the Limes (small soft balls of paraffin filled with water, named limes). It is interesting that this battle started off with flowers on the Main Avenue of Ponta Delgada and now gathers hundreds of people who engage in a real battle of water balloon-throwing in a Carnaval celebration that is completely different than any other.


Another “attack” we suggest you prepare yourself for is the TREMOR, the festival which travels throughout the streets, churches, pineapple and tea plantations and hotels of São Miguel, which this year between March 15th and 19th will have attendees such as Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Dan Deacon, PAUS, Filho da Mãe, Clinic, Rafael Carvalho, Julianna Barwick, Suuns and Black Mountain, among many others. Book today and don’t miss out on our special SHORT BREAK packages, so you can experience the old and the new traditions of our mid-Atlantic Islands.


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