Top Eco Resort Options in the Azores
The Azores are located almost in the mid-Atlantic and a Portuguese autonomous region. The nine islands make up something of an ecotourism hotspot with many nature-orientated activities. In fact, the island tourism bodies actively support the idea of developing sustainable tourism on the island archipelago. Research suggests The “Azores are one of the most sustainable nature-based island destinations in the world“.
Local tourism companies tend to focus on ‘adventure experiences’ with snorkelling, motorboat rides, walks, van tours and cultural tours featuring.
The local tourism body reports that in the Azores there have been about “972 thousand guests and 3 million overnight stays”. Thanks also to demand coming from guests asking for higher standards, this has driven some innovation in regard to green tourism in the Azores. Through sustainable partnerships and development, the Azores is forging a path, and a template for other destinations around the world to follow.
All the nine volcanic islands of the Azores Archipelago in which these great Eco Resorts are located are spread out over more than 600 km. Thousands of Km from North America and slightly more than one thousand kilometers from Europe mainland.
With a population a little over 5000 Santa Maria is in the Eastern Group along with São Miguel -which is 80 km away. This is about a 20-minute flight. Santa Maria is the oldest of the Azores 9 and has a relatively dry climate and the only white sand beach as such.
Each of the Nine Islands of the Azures is now allocated a Green Team. These public and private entities represent stakeholders. The intention of the group is to become the most sustainable destination archipelago in the world recognized as a set of unspoiled volcanic islands.