The Urban Sketchers in the Azores

Urban Sketchers nos Açores 
Place: Ilha Terceira, Açores
Photo: Alexandra Baptista
Photo: Alexandra Baptista

Jenny Adam, from Germany, went to discover the Azores along with Alexandra Baptista and together they sketched the delights of the Terceira, São Miguel and Pico Islands. The natural beauty, the most remarkable landmarks and the hospitality of the people are clear to see in the drawings of these two sketchers.

The journey started on São Miguel, the largest island of the archipelago, where over half the population of the Azores live.  The beauty of Lagoas das Sete Cidades and Fogo impresses, as does feeling the power of the ground in the geysers, hot springs and volcanic lakes. They bathed in the warm waters of Caldeira Velha and learned that the island is the only place in Europe where tea is grown. They made the short boat trip to the unmissable Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo and had time in Ponta Delgada to sketch the Mercado da Graça market place and Portas do Mar.


Lagoa do Fogo, Ilha de São Miguel

Lagoa do Fogo © Jenny Adam

Caldeira Velha © Alexandra Baptista

Parque Terra Nostra
Parque Terra Nostra © Jenny Adam

Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo
Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo © Alexandra Baptista

Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada © Jenny Adam

Ilha de São Miguel, Ponta Delgada, Mercado da Graça
Mercado da Graça © Alexandra Baptista

Further south in the island group, in the three days they were on Pico, they took advantage of some moments to draw quietly. On the island where the highest mountain in Portugal is located, they toured the lakes, visited the Museu dos Baleeiros (Whalers’ Museum), the Museu do Vinho (Wine Museum) and strolled around the Vineyards, small plots separated by basalt walls, a unique landscape classified as World Heritage. 

Ilha do Pico
Ilha do Pico © Jenny Adam

Museu dos Baleeiros
Museu dos Baleeiros © Jenny Adam

Rota da Faina Baleeira
Rota da Faina Baleeira © Alexandra Baptista

Ilha do Pico - Museu do Vinho
Vinha da Ilha do Pico © Jenny Adam

Vinhas da Ilha do Pico
Vinha da Ilha do Pico © Alexandra Baptista

The day they dedicated to Terceira Island was very well spent on a series of activities that unveiled the authenticity of the Azores. They visited the world heritage city of Angra do Heroísmo on foot, discovered some traditional shops, tried some culinary delicacies and, at night, they went to the Festas Sanjoaninas (Sanjoaninas Festival, in honour of St John). 

On a tour of the island they passed through the little town of Biscoitos on the coast, where verdelho wine is produced. They also had the opportunity to make the descent into the Algar do Carvão (Cavern of Natural Coal), a depth of nearly 100 metres. It is an amazing natural monument where, inside, you can see stalactites, stalagmites and a lake.

Angra do Heroísmo © Alexandra Baptista

Angra do Heroísmo
Loja em Angra do Heroísmo © Alexandra Baptista

Angra do Heroísmo - Festas Sanjoaninas
Festas Sanjoaninas © Jenny Adam

Biscoitos © Jenny Adam

Algar do Carvão
Algar do Carvão © Jenny Adam

And they even had time to try the local culinary specialities of the Azores.

Delicias dos Açores
Delícias dos Açores © Alexandra Baptista

Madalena, Ilha do Pico © Alexandra Baptista

São Roque do Pico
São Roque do Pico, Ilha do Pico © Alexandra Baptista

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