About 31 miles northwest of Terceira, Graciosa Island, which occupies an area of 61 square kilometers and is the least humid of the Archipelago, owes its name to the delicacy of the landscape and its nickname to the place names Pedras Brancas, Serra Branca and Barro White.

With two curious tanks in whose waters are reflected the crowns of araucarias and the elms that constitute a pleasant set right in the center of the village, Santa Cruz is the seat of the unique county of the island, which is divided by three more parishes.

Photos kindly provided by Engº João Leandro and wife | Mó da Praia – Graciosa

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Folklore Festival, Relva 2018

This Saturday is the largest Folklore Festival held in São Miguel, one of the largest in the Azores, well-known nationally and internationally. It is the Great Festival of Folklore of the Grass – Folkloric Show of the Atlantic, that this year goes in the twenty-sixth edition. For the last twenty-six years, the 1st Saturday of August is considered to be …

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PDL White Ocean

The biggest outdoor white party in the Azores, many color, light and sound news for another “Pdl white Ocean” edition, Saturday, August 4, a simple theme: “come and dive into a sea of emotions”. As you walk through the city, you will feel the vibes of the shows the effect of performance and living art, truly magical of many smiles. …

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Diving with … sharks !!!

The blue shark is threatened mainly by commercial fishing. In addition to accidental catches, it is mainly from this species that fins are collected for sale on the Asian market (used in shark fin soups). In the Azores, especially in the islands of Pico and Faial, it was discovered that the observation of this species in its habitat is much …

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