Azores Region

Warm Winter Escape: Madeira Island offers tropical vistas, old world fair for just $1309

Monday, 26 November 2012 19:23

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Looking for a new winter escape that is affordable and warm? Madeira Island off the coast of North Africa is closer this fall and winter with new flights from Boston and expanded packages for air and lodging.  Portuguese airline Azores Express/SATA has 6-night packages from Boston Logan Airport to Funchal (via the Azores) with more flights to choose from and eight hotels. Six nights hotel, air, and all fess start at just $1309, and are offered from November to April 2013.

Madeira has a nearly perfect climate—warm and clear in winter with temperature in the 70s.  Volcanic cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea characterize Madeira’s fascinating landscape. The islands steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own beautiful flora and fauna that contribute to the comparison of Madeira with Hawaii.

Visitors come for the natural beauty, and they stay to experience the ocean, golf, hiking, deep sea fishing, diving, an old world charm of the island and its mountains and seaside towns. Madeira remains an uncrowned and sophisticated pearl of European charm, where visitors can experience the sea, mountain hiking, or city culture.

George Washington was a great fan of Madeira wine.

On the service from Boston to Madeira passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way. All packages include breakfast. Kids under 6 stay free, and pay only a child’s airfare.

Set on Madeira’s sunny southern coast, the new Enotel Lido offers 5-star conveniences and hospitality. Guests have access to a wide selection of fun with swimming pools, the squash court, gymnasium, and the Thalassothys Spa. Porto Santa Maria Hotel is set on the sea in the middle of the historic heart of Funchal. Close by are the cable cars which link Funchal with Monte, Forte de São Tiago (a fortress built at the beginning of the 17thcentury) and the famous Mercado dos Lavradores.

Hotels include the four-star Four Views, Estrelicia, Cliff Bay, Pestana Carlton, Four views, and the new Pestana Promenade. All hotels offer seaside views, outdoor saltwater pools and full resort facilities.

SATA Airlines has connected North America with Portugal for more than 25 years. Today it offers direct flights on a wide body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel to Lisbon, Porto and/or the islands of Madeira are available. The company is part of the SATA Group.

For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995,


SATA Airlines Offers Travelers Great Rates from Canada

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00

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SATA Airlines is offering some great rates from Canada to the Azores and mainland Portugal. With a variety of departure cities, now is the best time to enjoy the beauty of the Azores’ volcanic islands or visit Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. These special rates are available from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 18 through March 31, 2013. 

Travel to the Azores for less than $650 (CAD) round-trip including taxes from Montreal and Ottawa to enjoy stunning beaches, volcanic mountains and seaside villages only six hours from Canada. 

Round-trip flights to Lisbon, including taxes, start at $829 (CAD) from Toronto and $669 (CAD) from Montreal. As Portugal’s largest city, Lisbon offers visitors a variety of restaurants, museums, hotels and consistently warm weather due to its location near the Atlantic.   SATA has connected Canada with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 25 years. For more information, reservations and a full list of departure cities, contact SATA at 800 387-0365 or visit

“Simply Ming” Heads to the Azores Cooking in Volcanic Geyser and Exploring Other Local Delights

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 16:52

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Food cooked in a volcanic geyser, fish from the deep Atlantic, sweet bread: these are just a few of the delights that award-winning chef Ming Tsai explores during a trip overseas to the Azores, part of the special programming events planned to help celebrate the television milestone of his 10th Anniversary Season. In the new season, Ming brings viewers “On the Road” for five episodes to experience the fun and zesty cuisine of the Azores, nine European islands 1,000 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal, 2,000 miles from Boston.

The five international shows in the Azores cap off a 10th Anniversary Season full of special events in 26 all-new episodes.   The new season coincides with the October 2012 release of Simply Ming in Your Kitchen, a revolutionary, interactive new book of 80 recipes (published by Kyle Books).

On the trip, Ming learns about cuisine unique to these islands by cooking up dishes with local chefs, home cooks and culinary stars.  The Azores are home to a wide variety of culinary influences, and Ming travels from island to island uncovering each location’s unique cuisine – from Portuguese inspired stews to local fish and clams only found in the waters off the Azores.

“From winemaking to wood ovens to cooking underground in volcanic geysers, the Azores are inspiring islands rich in culinary treasures,” said Ming.  “Exploring both the traditional and modern-day cuisine of this very special place that abounds in fresh seafood and pineapples is one of the biggest highlights of the entire series.”


On the Road in the Azores: Cozido
In this episode, Simply Ming is on the road traveling to the exotic Azores to learn how to make one of the region’s most famous dishes – Cozido – a one-pot meal that’s literally cooked underground by the Earth’s volcanic heat. Rising to the challenge, Ming and his guest chef, Pedro Oliveira, shop a local market for inspiration and then head to the village of Furnas on São Miguel Island where they will prepare their own versions of this delicious underground delight!

On the Road in the Azores: Modern Azorean Cuisine
Steeped in tradition, the islands that make up the Azores are rich with culinary treasures that will be shared as Simply Ming goes “on the road.” On this episode Ming and his guest chef, Hugo Ferreira, find inspiration shopping in a local market on the island of São Miguel for fresh ingredients. Together the two cook on the fly using their market finds and some other surprise proteins and vegetables to come up with dishes that reflect Azorean culinary traditions but with a modern day twist.

On the Road in the Azores: Alcatra

Ming heads for the islands on this very special episode of Simply Ming. Traveling to the Azorean island of Terceira, Ming cooks with local chef Mr. Eduardo Reis and learns the history of the very popular dish called Alcatra – beef stew – which is baked in a traditional Azorean wood oven. Together they find inspiration at a local modern market to put a contemporary spin on this ancient dish that was inspired by Portuguese discoverers in the 15th century.

On the Road in The Azores: Fish Broth
In this episode, Chef Ming travels to the stunning Azorean island of Pico, where he meets up with a native chef to greet the fishing boats.  Inspired by the bounty of seafood, Ming puts his own spin on fish broth, a local culinary favorite.

On the Road in The Azores: Wine & Petiscos
In Pico, an expert on Azorean wines shows Ming the rich heritage of winemaking on the island. Stomping grapes, tasting wine, and cooking up some petiscos (the Azorean tradition of small plate dining) will all be on the menu for Ming on this episode.

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SIMPLY MING is produced by WGBH Boston and Ming East-West, LLC and distributed by American Public Television. Ming Tsai is host. Executive producers are Ming Tsai, Laurie Donnelly for WGBH Lifestyle Productions, and Julia Harrison for Ming East-West. Studio production facilities are provided by Clarke. SIMPLY MING is closed-captioned by The Caption Center at WGBH Boston. Funding for SIMPLY MING is provided by Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Metrokane, Subaru of New England T-fal ActiFry, Wan Ja Shan and Melissa's/World Variety Produce. Travel and accommodations for the Azores provided by SATA Airlines.

About WGBH Boston
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (including The World), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS Learning Media, a free online service providing the nation’s educators with curriculum-based digital content to meet 21st-century learners’ needs), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards...even two Oscars. Find more information at

About American Public Television

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. For nearly 10 years, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including Simply Ming, Rick Steves' Europe, Moyers & Company, Doc Martin, America's Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Nightly Business Report, Globe Trekker, BBC World News, Lidia's Italy, Rosemary & Thyme, NHK Newsline, Midsomer Murders and P. Allen Smith's Garden Home. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create ® TV – the TV channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in WORLD ™, public television’s premier news and documentary channel.

About SATA Airlines

Since 1947, SATA Airlines has provided air service linking the nine islands of the Azores with the world. That service expanded all the way to the United States in 1986.  Each year, thousand of American tourists discover the Azores through SATA. Today, SATA offers widebody flights, on a fleet of Airbus A310s, year-round to the Azores from Boston and Toronto, with connecting flights to Lisbon and Madeira. And, through interline agreements with US Airways and Virgin America, SATA connects dozens of cites to the Azores now as well.

For more information about booking flights or about SATA visit or call 800-762-9995.


Eileen Campion

Roslan & Campion Public Relations



Fall Sale to Portugal: Boston to Lisbon $693 Round-trip; Boston to the Azores $568

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

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Late fall is warm and sunny in Portugal, and now for a limited time, SATA Airlines if offering a great deal to get away for 4 to 7 days. Fly from Boston to the Azores for just $568 round-trip (all fees and tax included), or escape to Lisbon for just $693. Do some holiday shopping, enjoy the decorations and lights, hike outdoors, or explore an ancient castle or fort.

Ponta Delgada (São Miguel ) in the Azores is just 4 hours from Boston, and Lisbon another 2 hours. Flights are every Tuesday and Friday from Boston Logan Airport.

The Azores are nine dramatic volcanic islands thrust from the sea thousands of years ago.  They are a natural marvel, from the crater lakes and lagoons high in the mountains overlooking the ocean, to the peaks of ancient volcanoes rising above the green landscape. Even more impressive is the Azorean dedication to keeping the islands naturally pristine. The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations has named the Azores Islands the world’s second most appealing islands destination in its fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey.  The Azores received the title of “Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so.”

Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city and its capital, with the added distinction of being the warmest and western-most capital in Europe. Lisbon’s climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream.  Built on seven hills, visitors can and should take in panoramic views of the city by traveling to the top up elevators or funicular.  A lively and upbeat city, history is preserved in Lisbon’s distinct neighborhoods, however modern hotels, nightclubs and restaurants are abundant. Medieval neighborhoods, Alfama and Mouraria, sit near the modern architecture of World Exposition, held in Lisbon in 1998.  The Baixa, the city’s downtown area, is home to shops still selling traditional goods.  Monsanto Natural Park in Lisbon is one of the largest urban parks in Europe, almost four square miles.  Today the city is a mix of souring monuments from the 16th century Age of Exploration and an emerging dining and cultural scene

SATA Airline offers direct flights on wide body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel are offered to Lisbon and the island of Madeira. SATA has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 25 years.

For more information and reservations, contact SATA at 800-762-9995,


Acores to host 'World Surfing Games" is 2013

Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

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Next year the Azores will host the ISA World Surfing Games, recognized by the International Olympic Committee and considered the Olympics of sports waves. The World Surfing Games includes teams from more than three dozen countries and nearly 250 athletes.

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