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What to do in the Azores this summer?

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The 2016 summer in the Azores Islands might be one of the most entertaining ones of the last few years, due to the new low cost airlines connecting daily the islands to Lisbon and Oporto. Even though it’s still relatively unknown, summer in the Azores is filled up with things to do and very different from other destinations.

On each Island, each county, and each place, you will be able to discover small gems, from the Blues Festival on Santa Maria Island to Ocean Week in Horta, Fish Broth Festival in the iconic town of Rabo de Peixe, among others, and all these events feature unique and special details, which will make your visit to the Azores completely unforgettable.

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Exchange With your Heart (May 28)

On Saturday, May 28 at 10:30 AM, the 3rd edition of Exchange with your Heart takes place at Terra Nostra Garden in Furnas on São Miguel Island. A partnership between Terra Nostra Garden Hotel and Holistika, this 2016 edition has new things in store and a new interpretation of the space at Terra Nostra Garden. As in previous years, the day will culminate near the Garden’s Outdoor Thermal Pool, with the possibility of being in it and enjoying 38ºC/100ºF water temperatures during the featured performance of OCO.

Azores Airlines Rallye

June kicks off with one of the world’s most spectacular motorized events, the Azores Airlines Rallye, in leg of FIA ‘s European Rallye Championship taking place in São Miguel Island. Stages will have some of the most spectacular backdrops of the Green Island, such as Sete Cidades Lake and are a must-see for high rotation aficionados. Hotel Açores Atlântico and Hotel Marina Atlântico are steps from the Rallye’s headquarters at Portas do Mar in Ponta Delgada and are the perfect spot for you not to miss out on anything. Alternatively, you can also stay at São Miguel Park Hotel, at a 10-minute walking distance.

10 Fest

Also in June, you’ll be able to deepen your taste buds and experience the best Azorean culinary endeavors at 10 Fest. This festival faithfully abides by its title and during 10 days, the best national and international chefs prepare dozens of gastronomical treasures with top Azorean ingredients. This event takes place from June 23rd to July 2nd, and the Bensaude Hotels have associated with it since its inception, especially with the proximity of two of our hotels, steps away from the heart of 10 Fest, Hotel Marina Atlântico and Hotel Açores Atlântico.

Lagoa Comvida Festival

The town of Lagoa, on São Miguel Island, is hosting a new edition of Lagoa Comvida Festival on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and with the presence of The Gift and Carminho, among other guests.

Horse Mackerel Festival

The Horse Mackerel Festival kicks off on July 7th, and is one of the most iconic festivals of São Miguel Island in the Ribeira Quente parish, known for its connection to the sea. This Festival lasts 3 days and is widely popular with the youth of the Island, who seek big names in music, and this year will be able to experience International Fado icon Mariza, Dutch DJ’s Firebeatz and D.A.M.A.

Taste in Adegas

For Bacchus fans, Taste in Adegas is an excellent excuse to spend your vacation in the islands of the Triangle. From June 8th to the 10th, Pico is having this wine tasting opportunity with white, red rosé and liqueur wines and you will be able to meet local wine producers while you discover the natural beauty of Pico’s vineyards, part of UNESCO’s World Heritage. From Faial Island and our own Hotel do Canal, you’ll hop on the ferry and discover Pico Island, their Azorean ocean-dressed wines and come back in time to try the new wonderful delights of Clipper Restaurant’s new menu.

Red Bull Cliff Diving Azores

Back on São Miguel Island, lovers of intense emotions can find an absolutely one-of-a-kind event, the Red Bull Cliff Diving, in Vila Franca do Campo. Participants of the Red Bull’s World Series return to the Azores Islands to jump off a 28-meter/91-foot platform in one of the most beautiful world stages of this competition. Vila Franca do Campo is only 20 minutes from our São Miguel Park Hotel or Terra Nostra Garden Hotel.

Balloon Festival of Ribeira Grande

Only 20 minutes away is the Balloon Festival of Ribeira Grande, on the Northern coast. Creating an unbelievably striking scenery for those on land or on board of one of the balloons, this festival colors the São Miguel Island skyline in a very special way. At the same time and a few miles away, in Rabo de Peixe, the Azores Freediving Open, is the first free diving competition in the Azores Islands and a chance for all divers to explore the marine riches of the Azores Islands.

Santa Maria’s Blues Festival

For Blues aficionados, Santa Maria Island has been popping up on this music genre’s radar with this iconic Festival, who will feature Manu Lanvin (And the Devil Blues), from July 14th to July 16th.

Walk&Talk

From July 15th through the 31st, the creative Walk&Talk phenomenon is back in Ponta Delgada, a street art festival attracting international press every single year due to its original programming and irreverence as it transforms the face of Ponta Delgada and São Miguel Island. This year, the program focuses on public space intervention and promises to be a case study for every street art and architecture fan, who is interested in innovative urban solutions, and once again this endeavor partners up with the Bensaude Hotels.

Medieval Fair in Ribeira Grande

In addition to breathtaking nature sights, the Azores Islands have a rich history, widely illustrated in the entertaining Medieval Fair of Ribeira Grande, a town with medieval remnants and the perfect stage for a 16th century reenactment from July 21st to the 24th of what the Azores Islands would have been at the time.

Fish Broth Festival

It’s customary to hear since 1935 in the kitchens of the Bensaude Hotels that Azorean catch is the best in the world, and the Fish Broth Festival in Rabo de Peixe is a great opportunity to put it to the test. On July 22nd and 23rd, you’ll be able to experience the flavors of the Azorean seas while charitably contributing to a noble project Hominis Aqua, which seeks to aid the local fishing community.

Regatta Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables

And we return to Horta, right across our Hotel do Canal, to observe Regatta Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables, encompassing a total of 2,540 nautical miles. Following the tradition of this ocean-minded city, this year, Horta is a must-stop destination for aficionados of regattas and all marine sports.

Praia da Vitória Festivities

Known for its rambunctious festivity spirit, Terceira Island is once again host for the Praia da Vitória Festivities from July 29th to August 7th, attracting thousands of people from all over, other islands, the United States and Canada. Located only 25 minutes from all the festivities, Terceira Mar Hotel is an excellent choice for those who want to recover your energy in an idyllic scenery resort-style.

Monte Verde Festival For those of you looking for a musical event in a unique setting, check out the Monte Verde Festival in Ribeira Grande, which this year includes the Guano Apes, one of last decade’s most popular bands and Gabriel o Pensador, who returns to the Festival taking place August 11th to the 15th.

Paragliding Festival of São Miguel

Paragliding Festival of São Miguel Island has been lightly referenced throughout the world, due to the beautiful sightseeing one is able to experience in a short period of time and deserves a visit for those who do not suffer from vertigo. August 16th-20th.

Maré de Agosto

Maré de Agosto (August Tide) in Santa Maria is one of the oldest musical festivals without interruptions in Portugal and has a quasi-mythical status among its followers. On Santa Maria Island from August 18th-20th.

Summer Party at the Casino – August 20

The most charismatic summer party on São Miguel, Terra Nostra Casino Party in Furnas returns on August 20th full of new twists. Taking place in the old casino Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, this event celebrates its 7th edition after many of years of continuous success, filling in the imagination of every guest who attends, whether you are a local or a visitor to the Azores Islands.

Azores Airlines Azores Pro & World Surfing Games

The Azores Islands are a growing popular surfing destinations in the world and São Miguel’s northern coast is the center stage of this movement. From here, especially from Santa Barbara Beach, there is a variety of world surfing events, such as the Azores Airlines Azores Pro, a prime event in the World Qualifying Series WQS and is open to the top 100 best surfers in the world from September 6th through the 11th. In the same spot, the World Surfing Games, considered surfing’s Olympic Games, which are divided in individual and group challenges will take place from October 19th to the 29th.

Azores MTB Marathon Series 2016

Nature sports in the Azores Islands are not just happening in the ocean, as you can see by the Azores MTB Marathon Series 2016, an official UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) competition taking place between September 30th and October 2nd in the ideal spot for such a world sports event, perfect for those who love biking and radical sports as a whole.

Angrajazz

Lastly, we return to Terceira Island and Angrajazz. As a nationally recognized event, this festival brings emerging names in this music genre to Angra do Heroísmo, mid-Atlantic. Terceira Mar Hotel, only minutes on foot from the Cultural and Conference Center of Angra do Heroísmo, is our suggestion at the Bensaude Hotels so you can discover the jazz sounds. With the best restaurant on Terceira Island and in resort style, Terceira Mar Hotel offers amazing views over Monte Brasil and is the perfect spot for you to rest and relax. Mark your calendars: October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, we are waiting for your arrival in Angra!

 

There are plenty of reasons for you to come to the Azores Islands this year and discover one of the world’s best kept treasures. Even if you don’t come to one of these specific events, travel to the Azores, experience natural wonder and explore every enchanting place, participate in our festivities, dive in our splendid Atlantic Ocean or in the volcanic thermal waters of Terra Nostra Garden. And if, by chance, you come across one of these events, just enjoy yourself!

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