Legal Sea Foods to feature Azorean cuisine

With the increasing recognition of the Azores as being a popular tourist destination, Legal Sea Foods has taken the initiative to offer its customers authentic cuisine from these culture-rich islands.

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The Azores, a Top Budget Travel Destinantion in 2012

Azores, a Top Budget Destination

The Azores, has been getting a lot of good press lately, and it has been well deserved.  This time, Budget Travel magazine has nominated the Portuguese Islands as one of its Top Budget Travel destinations in 2012.

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Resources for Visiting the Azores

If you are planning on going to the Azores, or already have your trip planned, here are a few websites that offer great information on visiting the Azores:

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Tourada à Corda a Bullfight in the street

Tourada à Corda

Tourada à Corda (Bullfight by rope) is one of the more unique experiences that you will have on the island of Terceira.  From May until October you will find bullfights in the street, in the fields, and even at the beach.  While the island of Terceira has the formal Portuguese bullfight, where there are “Cavaleiros” (Horsemen), “Toureiro” (Bullfighters) and “Forcados”  in a bullfighting ringthe Tourada à Corda is less formal, in that it gives the spectator the opportunity to be on the same playing field of the bull.

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Azores ranked by National Geographic

The Azores were ranked as one of the top ten summer trips in 2011 by the editors of National Geographic Traveler.

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Calling home from the Azores

One of the more frequently asked questions that we get from our clients is about calling home from the Azores or mainland Portugal.

We came up with the following list of the best options, ordered by cost, to call home from the Azores and Portugal:

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Whale & Dolphin Watching in São Miguel

Whale and Dolphin Watching in São Miguel

Whales and dolphins have been coming to the Azores for many years due to the rich amount of fish supply that the sea surrounding the  islands have.  The islands of Azores, offers you a great opportunity to see these mammals as there are over 20 different types of species that have been seen near the islands.

While you can go whale watching year round, the best time to go is during the summer.  There are many operators that offer whale watching tours, and you can find them near the marina in Ponta Delgada.  Most tours last 3 hours and the cost can range from 40 to 55 euros.  Below is a list of operators that offer whale watching tours.

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Blogging Santo Christo Feast

The Santo Christo Feast is less than a week away, and I wanted to let everyone know that I will be blogging about the Santo Christo Feast from Ponta Delgada.

The posts will range from my departure flight on SATA, to picking up the group, the festivities, and the return flight back to Boston.

Be sure to check back here often for updates.

-Edward A. de Melo

Praia do Populo

The Praia do Populo beach is located in the town of Sao Roque, on the island of Sao Miguel, about a 10-15 minute drive from Ponta Delgada.  It is one of the many soft black sand beaches, on the island, and a great beach to take a dip on a hot day.

During the summertime the beach is very popular with the locals, as there are restaurants, cafés, and even a hotel near the beach.

These pictures were taken in late November, while it was windy day, the temperature was in the 60’s that day and there were people surfing in the water.

Lapas

Lapas Grelhadas

Lapas are one of the various types of seafood that you can eat in the Azores.  Within the islands they are served either fresh or grilled, personally we like them grilled with lemon.

Lapas Grelhadas with Lemon

Most restaurants serve the dish as an appetizer, and its usually best paired with an ice cold beer, or Laranjada.