22 Absorbing Facts about Azores
Looking to boost your knowledge of the world? Make a start with these 22 interesting facts about the Azores!
- The Azores is an archipelago and overseas territory of Portugal, in the Mid-Atlantic.
- Its nearest neighbours are Portugal to the east, and Morocco, Tenerife and Western Sahara to the southeast.
- Fancy exploring the stunning coastline and beautiful mountains of Azores? Head for the coordinates of 37.7411° N, 25.6756° W!
- The terrain of the 9 volcanic islands is hilly and mountainous.
- The total land area of Azores is 906 square miles (2,346 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around 4 times the size of the Isle of Man.
- Azores’s population was 245,746 in 2012…
- …that’s almost 3 times the population of the Isle of Man.
- Residents here are known as Azoreans.
- Azores actually boasts three capitals, which are Angra do Heroísmo, Horta and Ponta Delgada; they have a population of 35,402 (2011), 14,944 (2011) and 68,809 (2011) respectively.
- Azoreans enjoy a mild temperate climate with little temperature variation – sounds lovely!
- Before humans settled on the islands, there were no land mammals, however Azores is now home to mice, rats, hedgehogs, rabbits and weasels.
- It’s possible to spot whales, dolphins, turtles and flying fish from the coastline in Azores!
- The official language of Azores is Portuguese.
- Azores was first discovered in 1427 and settled from 1432!
- Euro is the official currency here.
- Wind surfing, hand gliding, scuba diving, horse riding and sailing are all popular in Azores!
- The average Azorean life span is 75 years.
- Regional food and drink includes octopus stewed in wine, barnacles, limpets, locally made cheeses and local wine.
- Azores grows tea, sugar beet, chicory, pineapple, cork, tobacco and passion fruit; they also rear cattle, pigs and poultry, catch fish and produce dairy products.
- Its industry consists of tourism, food processing, lumber and electricity.
- The main exports include fish, cheese, butter, powdered milk, tea, pineapple, lumber and passion fruit.