Category Archive: São Miguel

TAP Air Portugal opens new routes to Portugal

Lisbon Airport

We have exciting news as Tap Air Portugal opens new routes to Portugal that will certainly benefit our clients. Montreal-Lisbon and Boston-Ponta Delgada are TAP’s new routes, all starting next year (2020).

Lisbon Airport

Terminal 1, Lisbon Airport Photo by: hom26

These are TAP Air Portugal new routes to Portugal:

Boston – Ponta Delgada:

From 2020, Boston will have, from Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, two direct routes to Lisbon. Boston is the hub city of TAP partner JetBlue, which will allow the Portuguese company to carry even more passengers from various points of the US.

Hint: this route will operate 5 days a week starting the first week of June and we will be able to book you starting Monday, November 25th, 2020.

Montreal – Lisbon:

Canada’s second largest city is TAP’s newest North Atlantic destination.

The Airline will operate six weekly frequencies between Lisbon and Montreal. Flights depart to the new destination in North America from the Portuguese capital every day, except Wednesdays, at 2:55 pm and arrive in the Canadian city at 5:40 pm. And will be available for sale from November 25, with operations beginning next year.

 

Need help in booking your flight to Portugal?  Give us a call at 1-888-678-9093, as we are one of the top sellers of Portugal in the U.S. and we are Tap Air Portugal partners. 

The traditional “cozido das Furnas”

Cozido das Furnas

Cozido das Furnas, photo: Epicure & Culture

One of the unique dishes of the Island of São Miguel in the Azores is the traditional “cozido das Furnas“, a geothermal meal. The cozido is a very complete dish that consists of various meats (Chicken, chouriço, pork, mourcela blood sausage) and vegetables (cabbage, potatoes, kale, carrots, etc). Its popularity doesn’t rely on its ingredients, but in the way, it cooks naturally.

The meal usually is seasoned and prepared one day before. In addition, the locals cut the ingredients in medium portions and place them in a pot, making sure to alternate layers of meats and vegetables. The last and top layer includes the blood sausage and chouriço, rolled in a cabbage leaf. Afterward, they cover the pot with the lid and tie it with a rope. Experts recommend to put it inside a plastic bag, to preserve its juices.

Early next morning, they place the pot inside a hole at the “Caldeiras” from Furnas. For 5 to 7 hours the meal cooks slowly by the volcanic steam, as a result, its texture and flavor are very unique. The experience of watching the process and then trying the food is something we can assure you have probably never experienced before. Definitely something worth trying and something we make sure our clients try on their visit to the Green Island!

Here is a video of the process of the cozido:

The traditional “cozido das Furnas” comes from Furnas Valley:

Furnas is located in the easternmost of three active volcanoes on the island of São Miguel, therefore all its historically Volcanic activity. The village is dotted with boiling water springs and mud springs. It has a strong sulfuric smell and clouds of vapor that emerges from the hot bubbling springs. Something very impressive to watch!

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel

Lagoa das Furnas

We know our clients love the experience and the “cozido” so much that we make sure to include them as a full day tour in the following tours:

São Miguel Island Tour

Terceira, Faial, Pico, São Miguel Island Tour

Lisbon and Azores Tour

Madeira and Azores Tour

If you would like more information or to add an individual “Cozido Experience” to your tour, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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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