Azores Region

Discover Ponta Delgada in the Azores With Flights from Montreal Starting at $721

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 00:00

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SATA Airlines wants to help travelers discover the beautiful city of Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island this summer. With round trip flights from Montreal to Ponta Delgada from $721 (CAD), all taxes and fees included, this experience is available between June 28 and September 6, 2013. Prices are guaranteed until September 6.

There are numerous breathtaking places to explore in the Azores, courtesy of Mother Nature and the cultural influences of generations of settlers from around the world. Ponta Delgada, the historic maritime capital, invites you to walk around and discover romantic gardens and several churches and convents. Enjoy the mild temperatures and seize the summer weather with an array of outdoor activities. You can try horseback riding, hiking or biking with the backdrop of amazing volcanic scenery. Or, if you prefer water activities, try canoeing at the volcanic lagoons, swimming in the naturals pools,  enjoy the ocean with surfing, deep sea fishing, diving or whale watching.

SATA Airlines has connected North America with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 25 years. Today it offers direct flights on wide-body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel to Lisbon and/or the island of Madeira are available. The carrier is part of the SATA Group. For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, or visit www.sata.pt.

 

Discover Lisbon With Flights from Montreal Starting at $1056

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 00:00

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SATA Airlines wants to help travelers discover the beautiful city of Lisbon this summer. With round trip flights from Montreal to Lisbon from $1,056 (CAD), all taxes and fees included, this experience is available between April 5 and August 16, 2013. Prices are guaranteed until August 16.

Come and check out the amazing value and incredible sights, flavors and sounds of this capital city of Europe. Dive into a city of contrasts: unpretentious, casual and sophisticated, combined with rich history and magnificent monuments.

Enjoy typical outdoor dinners with grilled fresh fish paired with vino verde, Portugal’s “green wine,” and join the trendiest clubs at night. Get lost in the many viewpoints peppered throughout Lisbon’s hills and enjoy sunny rides on the yellow trams and elevators. Celebrate summer on breathtaking beaches nearby and imbibe in the cultural events, fairs and urban art scattered everywhere throughout the city.

SATA Airlines has connected North America with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 25 years. Today it offers direct flights on wide-body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel to Lisbon and/or the island of Madeira are available. The carrier is part of the SATA Group. For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, or visit www.sata.pt.

 

Corvo, Solar Island

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:49

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Corvo will be the first island in the Azores, Portugal to have solar panels and heat pumps in all its homes, a project that will allow the island to reduce monthly expenses population and improve the quality of life.The first phase of the installation of solar panels and heat pumps to replace butane gas consumption in Corvo is practically complete, and involved 37 of the 145 existing houses inhabited an island with little more than 400 inhabitants.The local government is currently paying 24.18 euros for transport per gas cylinder between Ponta Delgada and Corvo, with 300 being shipped each month.That number will now drop to 100.This is the first phase of this project with an investment of about 400 million euros, through a direct collaboration between the Regional Government and the Town of Corvo, having a direct impact on the efficiency of the island to provide the population with better energy supply. For the second phase of the project, which will install solar panels and heat pumps in 108 homes, is currently under review. In the 37 homes that were already have installed the equipment, people can finally use the dishwasher in the kitchen and take a shower, and the water temperature is always the same.
 

SATA Airlines adding flights to the Azores from Boston this spring

Thursday, 31 January 2013 00:00

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In June, SATA will expand to five flights a week to the Azores archipelago and two weekly non-stop flights to Portugal’s capital of Lisbon.

Starting in April, SATA Airlines will double weekly service to the Azores and mainland Portugal from Boston. In April, the airline will expand its service from two flights to three flights per week to the Azores, and will also offer a new non-stop direct to Lisbon.

SATA is the only airline offering non-stop service to the Azores from North America. The flight from Boston to São Miguel (the largest island in Azores) is just 4 hours on one of SATA’s fleet of Airbus A310s.

The Azores is a collection of nine islands located in the Atlantic Ocean about midway between Boston and mainland Portugal. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, and just four hours by plane from Boston. The islands are becoming increasingly well-known for eco-tourism, golf, and unique European cuisine.

Connecting flights to Lisbon, Madeira and Porto are available from the Azores. Inter-island flights are offered to each of the islands in the Azores as well.  SATA has connected North America with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 37 years. For more information and reservations, contact SATA at 800-762-9995www.sata.pt

 

 

Simply Ming Explores the Azores: Cooks in a geyser, finds Atlantic fresh seafood

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 00:00

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Food cooked in a volcanic geyser, fish from the deep Atlantic, Azorean sweet bread: these are just a few of the delights that award-winning chef Ming Tsai of WGBH-TV’s Simply Ming discovered during his trip to the Azores, part of his 10th Anniversary Season.

Starting on February 2, 2013 Ming Tsai will transport viewers “On the Road” for five episodes to experience the cuisine of the Azores, nine European islands 1,000 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal, 2,000 miles east from Boston. The Azores are just four hours from Boston. SATA Airlines has regular, direct flights to the Azores (www.Sata.Pt)

On the trip, Ming learned about cuisine unique to these islands by cooking up dishes with local chefs, home cooks and culinary stars.  The Azores are home to a wide variety of culinary influences, and Ming traveled from island to island uncovering each location’s unique cuisine – from Portuguese inspired stews to local fish and clams only found in the waters off the Azores.

“From winemaking to wood ovens to cooking underground in volcanic geysers, the Azores are inspiring islands rich in culinary treasures,” said Ming.  “Exploring both the traditional and modern-day cuisine of this very special place that abounds in fresh seafood and pineapples is one of the biggest highlights of the entire series.”

On the Road in the Azores: Cozido In this episode, Simply Ming is on the road traveling to the exotic Azores to learn how to make one of the region’s most famous dishes – Cozido – a one-pot meal that’s literally cooked underground by the Earth’s volcanic heat. Rising to the challenge, Ming and his guest chef, Pedro Oliveira, shop a local market for inspiration and then head to the village of Furnas on São Miguel where they will prepare their own versions of this underground delight.

On the Road in the Azores: Modern Azorean Cuisine On this episode Ming and his guest chef, Hugo Ferreira, find inspiration shopping in a local market on São Miguel for fresh local ingredients. Together the two cook on the fly using their market finds and some other surprise proteins and vegetables to come up with dishes that reflect Azorean culinary traditions but with a modern twist.

On the Road in the Azores: Alcatra

Ming heads for the islands on this special episode of Simply Ming. Traveling to the Azorean island of Terceira, Ming cooks with local chef Eduardo Reis and learns the history of Alcatra – beef stew – which is baked in a traditional Azorean wood oven. Together they find inspiration at a local market to put a contemporary spin on this ancient dish.

On the Road in The Azores: Fish stew In this episode, Chef Ming travels to the Azorean island of Pico, where he meets up with a native chef to greet the fishing boats.  Inspired by the bounty of seafood, Ming puts his own spin on fish stew, a local favorite.

On the Road in The Azores: Wine & Petiscos In Pico, an expert on Azorean wines shows Ming the rich heritage of winemaking on the island. Stomping grapes, tasting wine, and cooking up some petiscos (traditional small plate dining) will all be on the menu.

FOR MORE INFO: www.ming.com/simplyming.

Since 1947, SATA Airlines has provided air service linking the nine islands of the Azores with the world. For more information about booking flights or about SATA visit http://www.sata.pt or call 800-762-9995.

Learn More about the Azores

Azorean chefs will take the stage and share recipes from the Azores at the Boston Globe Travel Show on February 8 to 10. And, visit the SATA Airlines booth for information on Azores Vacations, and deals on travel and packages.

 

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