Why the Azores?
ü The Azores archipelago is composed of nine islands, divided into three main groups: Western Group: Corvo and Flores; Central Group: Faial, Graciosa, Pico, São Jorge e Terceira; Eastern Group: Santa Maria e S. Miguel and several rocks and ocean reefs located on the northside of the archipelago.
ü The Azores has a land area of 2,322 km2 and a coastline of 943 km.
Area (km2): 2,322.0
Population (N.): 245,811 (2010)2
ü 97% of the water supply in the Azores Islands is provided by underground water sources.
ü Excellent environmental habitat for several marine species (8,772.7 ha).
ü Good infrastructures: efficient transport system (ports, airports and roadways network), adapted to the characteristics of the archipelago (geography and population density).
5 Marinas / Yachting Harbors - Ponta Delgada,Vila Franca do Campo, Praia da Vitória, Horta, Angra do Heroísmo
3 Maritime Ports - Ponta Delgada, Praia da Vitória, Horta (passangers and goods)
9 Airports - Ponta Delgada, Horta, Santa Maria,Flores, Graciosa, Pico, São Jorge, Corvo
ü Due to its geological origin (volcanic) and its geographical location, the Azores islands are exposed to natural hazards.