Consisting of nine volcanic islands and some small islets, in the middle Atlantic, between Europe and North America, which is the archipelago that the Portuguese settlers in the fifteenth century gave the name a populous bird Açor (which were fter all, another one, Buteo species, buteo ssp. Rothschild).

These islands, the Azores, between coordinates 37 º -40 º N latitude and 25 º -32 º W longitude, where caravels arrived in the sailors at the behest of King D. Henry, with the help of sea charts and a compass, which experts in sustainable tourism in National Geographic Traveler (NGT) rank as the second best destination in the world to visit!

Along with the Madeira, the Canaries and Cape Verde, the Azores are part of the biogeographic region of Macaronesia, original name of the expression "happy isles" given by ancient geographers to those found  in the west of the Strait of Gibraltar ...

The climate is temperate and humid, average temperatures ranging from 13 ° C in winter to 24 º C in summer. The Gulf Stream influences the mean temperature of sea water ranging between 17 ° C and 23 ° C.

Under the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the island of Santa Maria - the Far East, about 1000 miles, is closer to the European mainland - the island of Corvo in the west to over 1,500 miles from the American continent, mediates a distance of 340 miles that can be covered by the waters, that which is the largest exclusive economic zone of Europe and one of the richest in biodiversity, with 984 300 km2.

For these waters, you can travel back and anchor, as the first navigators, the discovery of nature still intact and the historical legacy, heritage and culture left behind by about six hundred years of human presence in each of these islands, shrouded in mystery and legends ...