The Azores UNESCO Global Geopark has a rich geodiversity and an important geological heritage, based on a network of 121 geosites dispersed by the nine islands and the surrounding seafloor, with a total area of 12,884 sq. km (including the 2,324 sq. km of the emerged territory).
The international relevance of the archipelago’s geology relies on its 27 main volcanic systems, in which 16 of them are still active, even on a dormant stage. The Azorean geodiversity includes geo-landscapes as domes and coulées, calderas, lakes, lava fields, fumaroles, hot springs and thermal waters, volcanic caves, “fajãs”, fault scarps and marine fossil deposits, among many others.
The Azores UNESCO Global Geopark combines the protection and promotion of its geological heritage with the sustainable development of their communities, in the socio-economic, educational, environmental and cultural point of view. The Azorean culture, ethnography and architecture are strongly influenced by the geology of the islands. Since the settlement (in the 15th century), the Azorean people learned how to live with active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes, taking advantage of its fertile soils (e.g. winery landscapes), their geological resources (e.g. water and thermal areas) and beautiful landscapes that ever since attracts visitors from all over the World.
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Enjoy the most beautiful landscapes and the most emblematic geosites in these unique and special territories.
The Geosites are locals of geological interest that represent the existing geodiversity and have a high educational, tourist and/or scientific level.
The geodiversity is present in the landscapes, that are the cradle for all the existing biodiversity in these territories.
Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
The Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture is an outstanding example of the adaptation of
Protected Landscape Area of Monte da Guia
The Protected Landscape Area of Monte da Guia, with 74 ha, is constituted by volcanic cones,
Uses and Customs
Geoparks are territories with a strong cultural and ethnological identity, which are represented by their customs and traditions. These customs and traditions have gained relevance throughout the centuries and became inseparable from the present and history of this regions and its people.
The “Império dos Nobres”, on Faial island evokes the 1672 eruption of the Cabeço do Fogo volcano, associated to the perpetual vow that orders to
The Holy Spirit Festivities in the Azores dates back to early settlement and constitute a genuine demonstration of popular culture of the Azorean people, where
The most common dish in the Azores is definitely the Espírito Santo soup (“Holy Spirit Soup”: bread and meat stock), which also varies from island to
The sea and its products are constantly present in Azorean cuisine A great variety of fish gives origin to many delicious recipes, such as the famous fish
The experiences that geoparks provide, trigger authentic experiences and unforgettable emotions.
Hiking and Walking Trails
Walking trails, treks and trail runs follow ancient footpaths, whose main points of interest are
Secondary manifestations of volcanism offer bathing in thermal waters of recognized therapeutic
During your visit, geoparks have restaurants and accommodation available to complement and enrich your experience.
Museums / Interpretative Centre
Museums gather collections that allow us to better understand our existence and everything related to it. They are privileged spaces that tell us about the history of the Earth and life.
House of Fossils // Dalberto Pombo Environmental Interpretation Centre
At the Centre, visitors have the opportunity to establish direct contact with real stuffed animals,
Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre
The Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre (CMIF) integrates a broad transversal intervention,
Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands UNESCO Global Geopark
Lanzarote is pure geology, underwater and moon-like landscapes, pristine water, thirsty land, palm-tree oasis, harmony between men and nature The
Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark
The Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark covers the western half of the Brecon Beacons National Park Designated a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2015,
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Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark
The Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, is tucked away in the northwest corner of Ireland and straddles the border between counties Fermanagh