AZORES PHOTO & CULTURE TOUR with Paul Blackmore
Sao Miguel Island – The ‘green island’
June 9 - 15, 2019 & August 18-24, 2019
Travel, Landscape, Seascape and Nature Photography.
Experience local Azorean culture and cuisine, discover hidden island gems, and learn how to take better photos with me as your guide!
Natural beauty, breathtaking beaches, and charming villages await you. Immerse yourself in the amazing culture, sights and warmhearted people of this beautiful Azorean island. From volcanic villages, waterfalls, beautiful beaches, hot springs and country roads, this trip has it all.
We will explore the main areas of what Sao Miguel Island has to offer as we travel by private shuttle, stopping at amazing destinations along the way. There will be opportunities for beautiful photographs around every corner on our journey.
This tour is designed to not only guide you to the most photogenic locations on the island - including waterfalls, volcanic lagoons and nightscape opportunities, but to allow you to immerse yourself in the culture of the Azores. My goal is to inspire you with nature so that you go home with photos you can be proud of, as well as improving on, and expanding on, your photographic techniques. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun! The Azores Islands are the perfect place to express your creativity.
-5 nights & 6 days
-Group of 4 - 6
-Authentic Azorean Accommodations
-3 Daily Meals (except for departure day)
-4 Group Excursions to Unique Points of Interest
Our adventure begins at one of Europe’s most beautiful gardens, Terra Nostra, in the heart of the volcanic village, Furnace. Here we will take in the peace and tranquility of these hot springs and gardens. From there we head to the north side of the island to visit the oldest and only operating European tea factory, enjoying picturesque countryside roads and panoramic ocean vistas along the way, before reaching the eastern most part of the island known as one of Europe’s most beautiful villages - Nordeste. We then set off to explore the western part of the island to experience one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal in the volcanic village of Sete Cidades. Here lies the infamous green and blue lakes. Just a short drive from there is the charming seaside village of Mosteiros, which is known to have the best sunsets on the island. Finally, a trip to Sao Miguel wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Lagoa de Fogo, with its high mountain peaks and mystical lake, offering amazing views and photo opportunities.
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi pro photographers are all welcomed
DSLR, mirrorless, point and shoot and phone cameras
Travel by mini bus
Moderate elevation changes / moderate amount of walking / hiking
WEATHER / SUN
Temps: 59F-72F Temps: 65F-80F
Sunrise: 6:20am Sunrise: 7:01
Sunset: 9:06pm Sunset: 8:30
Quinta Oceania - A cozy village farm house centrally based on the
South Coast of Sao Miguel. Surrounded by vineyards, banana fields
and pineapple greenhouses, this charming farmhouse offers stunning
views and charming village-style rooms making it the perfect place for
an authentic experience of the European Island life.
Arrival/Departure Airport: Ponta Delgada (PDL)
Airline: Azores Airlines / TAP
*Adventure begins upon arrival and ends at noon last day.
$1,600/person with private room
$2,600/couple with shared room
*Airfare not included (roughly $700 for round trip)
ITINERARY (subject to change)
Airport pick up 7-8
Welcome Breakfast at Terra Nostra – cameras/intros 9-10
Soak in Hot Springs/ Explore Gardens 11-2
Ribeira Quente waterfall shoot 2-3
Settle into B&B 3-5 - light snacks/refreshments
Farm to Table Dinner at 7 – Informal discussion on shoot
Farm Breakfast on property – 8-10 - agenda/lesson
Explore Lombadas – natural spring + Cha Gorreana Tea Factory 10-1
Lunch at Cantinho do Cais or Moinhas Café 1-2– Informal discussion
Explore Nordeste 2-5
Farm to Table Dinner on property 7– Informal discussion
Optional nightscape lesson
Breakfast on property 8-10 - agenda/lesson
Explore / have lunch in Ponta Delgada 10-2
Explore Sete Cidades / dinner 6-8
Mosteiros – sunset photo opp
Breakfast – 8-10 - agenda/lesson
Explore Vila Franca + Marina 10-1
Lunch at Bombeiros 1-2
Explore Lagoa de Fogo + Hot springs 2-6
Dinner in Ribeira Grande at O’Silva at 7– Informal discussion
Breakfast on property 8-10
Open for individual lessons/discussions 10-5
Lunch 1-2 on property
Dinner at Scorpion Bar -7 - Informal discussion
Afternoon airport drop off
EXPLORE LOCAL ATTRACTIONS