This group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean is a wonderful place of rest for the travellers who seek seclusion and silence. Each island is unique and has its own attractiveness. During their rest travellers can also get acquainted with local sights of the Azores.
The oldest buildings and most beautiful lakes can be found on the biggest island of the archipelago – Sam Miguel. Here you should definitely visit the Church of St. Sebastian, Fonte Bela Palace, the Church of St. Peter, the Town Hall, and the house-museum of Carlos Machado. The capital city of the island, Santa Maria, is a place where you can find oldest buildings and see traditional lifestyle of the locals. Tourists, who prefer to be close to nature, should visit Pico Island, the most notable sight of which is a volcano named after the island. Graciosa Island is known for its caves, the most famous of them is Furna do Enxofre. Many caves have volcanic origin and so you will find absolutely tremendous underground lakes there. In Graciosa there are also several architectural sights - Santo Cristo church, ancient windmills, a local temple and many residences of the 18th and 19th centuries.
One of the most unforgettable caves is located on the Terceira Island and is called Algar do Carvao. It was created at the times of volcano explosion and looks like a 100 meter long tube made of cold magma. The island’s capital, Angra do Heroísmo, has such well-known sights as São João Baptista and San Sebastian fortresses, Kapitaish Zheneraish and Betancourt castles, several churches and a wonderful cathedral with a treasury that is still full. Flores Island is considered to be the most picturesque place. On its territory you will find 7 volcanic lakes and wonderful waterfalls as well as several ancient churches and houses.
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