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The Azores archipelago is located off the coast of Portugal, of which it is part, in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, just a two-hour flight from Lisbon. The nine islands that make up the Azores are not very popular with mass tourism, perhaps because they offer tourism for the few, made up of multiple paths in the midst of lush vegetation, panoramas to be seen overlooking the cliffs or the volcanic origin of the islands that has made the beaches tinged with many shades of black for the high basalt content, probably resulting unattractive to lovers of sea holidays only. We can call them the Hawaii of Europe. In such a particular context two absolutely unique Golf Courses are inserted.

A small, wonderful, lush island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Mild climate all year round, in a few months the insistence of rains could annoy, but for a veteran golfer like you it’s not a problem to enjoy their Top Golf Holiday Hours. There are two beautiful Golf Courses on the Island: Batalha Golf Course and Furnas Golf Club.

GOLF COURSES

Batalha Golf Course

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Furnas Golf Club

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Some tips on golf courses:

To book the Tee Time, it is best to send an email to the secretary of the Golf Club you have chosen, asking for availability, obviously indicating the day and an indicative time. You can find the e-mail address by opening the Golf Club website from “Open website” and then searching for “contacts” or some Golf Clubs have the form to fill out to get the Tee Time. I think it’s better to send an email to the Secretariat. Opens Google Map at the point of the Golf Club. You can have the necessary information to reach the playing field or to know the distances for example from the Hotel you have chosen for the stay.

WHERE TO STAY IN AZORES

Azors Islands offers a wide choice of hotels. Of all categories, villas, apartments and more. Below you can find what you need as always with the utmost freedom to choose based on your needs.

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WHAT TO EAT IN AZORES

The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is not only a discovery from a naturalistic point of view, but it can also be a pleasant food and wine surprise if during the trip you indulge in a full immersion in the cuisine, flavors and smells of these places.

The most common and oldest dish are the soups (“Caldo de peixe”, the classic fish soup, the “hot green”, cabbage and potato soup and the “sopa do Spirito Santo”, a stew of meat and vegetables) , as well as codfish present in over 300 recipes. Being from the islands, fish is certainly the master, also because the prices of the dishes are truly accessible to everyone: mainly fried or grilled, you will find all the main Atlantic species such as grouper, tuna, swordfish, barracuda and octopus (very tasty the one served at the Rosa restaurant in Santa Cruz on the island of Flores).

Lapas are very common among molluscs and are torn directly from the rocks and then fried or eaten raw. You can find them on the menus of almost all the places on the various islands or served at the numerous local festivals that usually take place between July and August.

Thanks to the numerous cattle farms, meat is certainly not lacking. Excellent on the grill accompanied by sauces often a little spicy and rich in garlic (generally called guisado), you can taste it without being disappointed by Marcelino’s, a steak house with a well-kept atmosphere in the center of Hangra, Terceira. Do not miss the dried sausage, the linguica, which is always found combined with various types of potatoes.

In Horta, on the island of Faial, the main restaurants are located along the harbor. I recommend booking a table in time at the Genuino Restaurant: the owner was a Portuguese sailor who traveled alone for a long time with his sailboat, consequently the whole place, which is set up with souvenirs and travel memories, speaks of him and his exploits and the dishes you can taste are excellent. If you don’t find a free table, the O Arvore restaurant can be a valid alternative.

Also in Horta resides the Café Peter, a real institution of the place. The restaurant, which has always been owned by a single family, has been a meeting place for ship’s captains since the early twentieth century when they landed in Faial. Here the crews were sure they could count on the owner Henrique for any need and in return they donated flags, photos, dedications and thanks that hung on the walls of the room. The family has always kept these relics, setting up a small museum inside the room. Today entering the bar one feels overwhelmed by all these memories. It is really worth visiting it while enjoying one of its famous gin and tonic in the meantime.

If we move to Sao Miguel, the largest island of the archipelago, we cannot miss the appointment with the tasting of the “cozido das furnas” served by Tony’s in Furnas. It is a dish consisting of various types of meat (chicken, beef, pork and lamb accompanied by various vegetables) cooked in large pots inserted in holes covered with earth. The fumaroles that rise from the ground cook the ingredients in a natural way for 5 hours so that at noon you can taste what is considered the typical dish par excellence. The only negative note is the slight sulfur aftertaste that inevitably accompanies the dish.

Thanks to its climate, Sao Miguel is also famous for the cultivation of pineapples that are really exquisite as tropical ones and for the tea plantations (Gorreana), the only ones in Europe.

The island of Pico is instead famous for its wine, produced with effort and obstinacy by the local wine growers on the slopes of the Pico volcano, a land that is difficult and inhospitable at first glance. The results of these efforts are Verdelho, Terras de lava and Currao Atlantis all excellent white wines, while Basalt is one of the most appreciated reds.

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