The surprises of Nature can be seen all over the globe very easily. A very beautiful miracle of nature is located in the middle of the Atlantic in the form of nine islands of the Azores. Lots of amazing landscapes and stunning volcanic surroundings make the Azores Islands, a highly appealing attraction for the visitors. If you have the desire of watching whale, then no place could be better than Azores Islands to get the complete view of whales. Azores Islands is undoubtedly, one of the most offbeat travel destinations in Europe integrated with calm walking and enjoying countless nature scenes.
History reveals that Azores Islands are the fraction of lost Atlantis that was the fabulous sunken empire. This place began habited during 1439. This was the time when Flemish farmers were provided the land absolutely free of cost by Prince Henry the Navigator. The aim of Prince Henry behind giving the lands was to make this area fruitful and profitable.
For the sake of this aim, he motivated the farmers to start the planting of wheat and sugar cane in Açores Islands in well-organized manner. The impact of such old farming art can be seen here today in the form of a significant dairy industry and well-developed farming and fishing industry.
Ponta Delgada is not just the capital of Azores Islands, but has the fame as tourist heart of the island. The other notable attractions include 18th century city gates, the arcades, excellent ornate churches, and volcanic cones that are growing on the distant hills. The Church of São Sebastião I situated towards the north of the city gates stands which have been founded in 1533 and decorated with Manueline gateway intricately imprinted in limestone. The sacristy is ornamented by means of 17th century furniture and tile panels.
There is a wide contribution of geodynamic environment in making the area, a center of powerful seismic movement, especially along its tectonic borders on the Terceira Rift and Mid-Atlantic Ridge. or With respect to nature seismic events are usually vulco-tectonic or tectonic, but in general point of view comprises low to medium intensities. Moreover, these seismic events are sporadically punctuated by level 5 or greater on the Richter scale.
In 1757, the cruelest earthquake brought about near Calheta situated on the São Jorge Island with the level of intensity 7. In addition, a famous historian Gaspar Frutuoso has recorded an earthquake of 1522 with a level 10 on the Mercalli scale. This earthquake was accountable for the annihilation of Vila Franca do Campo due to more than 5000 causalities of the inhabitants.