Azores - Sustainable by Nature
The Azores are a destination of 9 islands , with natural, historical and cultural resources that make it unique. For this reason, for more than two decades, initiatives that lead to the protection and preservation of these resources have been privileged.
The path is travelled every day, in the harmonious alliance between people and nature to make the Azores a unique and sustainable territory!
Aware of the importance of preserving the natural, environmental and cultural heritage of the Azores, the Azoreans have been active protagonists of the sustainability of the Region.
Here we continuously work to promote sustainable development in all areas of activity, in order to ensure a better quality of life for those who live and a differentiating experience for those who visit us.
This path, earned it the distinction of the first archipelago in the world to win the seal "Sustainable Tourism Destination", under the EarthCheck Sustainable Destination programme. This way, the Azores entered the short list of sustainable tourism destinations in the world.
This distinction was just the beginning of a path of continuous improvement, focusing on the present, but also on the future, with the main goal of raising these sustainability standards
Preparing your trip to the Azores is part of our Nature
Located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, in between the European, American, and African continents, the Portuguese archipelago is a two-hour flight away from Lisbon, three to five hours from other European capitals, and five to six hours from the U.S.A. (East coast) and Canada.
The Azores stands out from any other Portuguese region because of its geostrategic position that offers new business opportunities like no other, as an advanced frontier for Europe in relation to the American continent, with a massive economic potential, developed in harmony with nature and characterized by environmental practices and unique sustainability.
Getting to know the islands is naturally simple
With areas ranging from 747 square kilometers (S. Miguel Island) and 17 square kilometers (Corvo Island), the Azorean population totals more than 240,000 inhabitants and each of the islands has its own distinct cultural characteristics which make them unique.