Taking care of the Azores, taking care of nature

It is with immense pride that the region holds the first distinction of "Sustainable Tourist Destination" awarded to an archipelago and the award for best European destination for whale and dolphin watching.

One of the reasons why the Azores have received international recognition comes from the beauty of its landscapes and the excellent conditions for preserving its environment. The Azores assert themselves as a true natural paradise, hosting a wide variety of unique ecosystems.

The volcanic landscape of the islands is dotted with crater lakes, natural pools, waterfalls, and secluded coves, creating a breathtaking environment to explore. The abundance of marine life, with the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, and sea turtles in their natural habitat, is a valuable addition to the whole picture.

The desire to share this environment with everyone is enormous, but it is necessary to maintain awareness that nature, despite its grandeur, is fragile. That is why the concern for the preservation of nature and natural habitats is a transversal concern for all Azorean society, ranging from official entities to companies and individuals.

Your contribution


When visiting the Azorean islands, you are also asked to adopt responsible and careful behaviors, respecting nature and minimizing the environmental impact of your actions.

To help preserve the natural beauty of the Azores, here are some attitudes that you should adopt as a code of conduct during your visit:

  • Respect protected areas: The Azores have a series of protected areas, including natural parks and marine reserves. When visiting these places, follow the established rules and regulations and respect the local wildlife.
  • Do not leave garbage or waste in nature, always take your trash with you and dispose of it in appropriate places.
  • Avoid walking off marked trails, especially in sensitive areas or areas at risk of erosion.
  • Do not remove plants, flowers, rocks, or any other objects from nature. Respect wildlife by maintaining a safe distance and not interfering in their habitats.
  • Avoid activities that may harm nature, such as fishing in protected areas or practicing aquatic activities in sensitive areas.
  • Follow the advice and instructions of the organizing companies for activities on land or at sea.

By following these simple guidelines, you contribute to helping preserve the natural heritage of the Azores and ensuring that future generations can enjoy this unique and impressive beauty.

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