What are Azores?

  • (noun): Islands in the Atlantic Ocean belonging to Portugal.
    Example: "The Azores are strategically located on transatlantic air and shipping routes"
    Synonyms: Acores


The Archipelago of the Azores ( /əˈzɔrz/ ə-ZORZ, /ˈeɪzɔrz/ AY-zorz; Portuguese: Açores, ) is composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, and is located about 1,500 km (930 mi) west of Lisbon and about 1,900 km (1,200 mi) southeast of Newfoundland. The islands, and their Exclusive Economic Zone, form the Autonomous Region of the Azores, one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal. Its main industries are agriculture, dairy farming (for cheese and butter products primarily), livestock ranching, fishing, and tourism, which is becoming the major service activity in the region. In addition to this, the government of the Azores employs a large percentage of the population directly or indirectly in many aspects of the service and tertiary sectors.

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Legislative Assembly Of The Autonomous Region Of The Azores
... The Legislative Assembly of the Azores (Portuguese Assembleia Legislativa dos Açores) is the regional assembly/legislature of the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal ...
Azores - Culture
... the largest individual religious event in the Azores, and takes place on the fifth Sunday after Easter ... ultimately culminating in the procession which is televised within the Azores and to the Portuguese diaspora ... Carnaval is also celebrated in the Azores ...
Corribee - Significant Voyages
... In 1983 Mike Spring, a paraplegic sailor, sailed single handed to Ponta Delgada, Azores in his Coromandel 3M Mariner ... As part of the 2008 Jester Azores Challenge Roger Taylor sailed from Plymouth to Praia da Vitória, Azores in his junk-rigged Corribee, Mingming, finishing in just under 21 days ...
Terceira Rift
... The Terceira Rift is a geological rift located amidst the Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean ... It runs between the Azores Triple Junction to the west and the Azores-Gibraltar Transform Fault to the southeast ...