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9 unique islands bearing different colors in Portugal

It is not by chance that nine islands in the Portuguese archipelago of Azores are named after different colors. What are the reasons for these 9 islands having such unique nicknames?

 To Sao Miguel, you can stroll through the peaceful village road, or the beautiful stretch of coastline. Pineapple and tea planted on this fertile island are the local produce you should try once. The Gorreana tea plantation here has the oldest age, and is also unique in Europe. Photo: Azores Adventures.

Green Island Faial: There are two main reasons for the name Blue Island. In part, people rely on the color of hydrangeas to be planted, decorating the streets and towns on the island. On the other hand, this name derives from the maritime history here. Horta is the main city of Faial, also the most famous port of the island. Picture: Simonitija Potujeta.

Hong Island Flores: Of the nine islands of the Azores Islands, Flores is the island most remote from the Portuguese mainland. This place has higher rainfall than other islands, so the evergreen forest, more dense. Flores Island is famous for its natural gemstones, especially the Rocha dos Bordoes, an exotic basalt cliff with long standing stone pillars, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Picture: Simonitija Potujeta.

Graciosa White Graciosa: The name Graciosa comes from the gracioso in Portuguese, which means graceful, praising the beauty of the island. Although Graciosa Island is located in a natural volcanic island, the rocks on the island have brighter colors, so Graciosa is nicknamed White Island. Photo: Cruise Mapper.

Corvo Black Island: Corvo name means crow, associated with native birds. It is assumed that the name Black Island originated from the type of land, black rock characteristic of the island. There are other explanations, because Corvo is the smallest island on the northern edge of the Azores Islands, so look at the island map as a black dot, so nicknamed this. Picture: Joel Santos.

Terceira Purple Lilac Island: People use the lilac pastel of the lilacs on the island to nickname Terceira, the third largest island of the Azores. Purple Lilac Island offers visitors an exciting experience exploring the iconic architecture of Angra do Heroismo, the capital of the entire archipelago. Photo: Azores Tour.

Pico Gray Island: In addition to the Gray Island, Pico is also called the Island of Mount. These names originate from the giant volcano in the western part of the island. A unique heritage of Pico is the dark gray basalt layers formed by volcanic eruptions. This geological feature helps the local grower industry to produce wine. Photo: Epicure & Culture.

Brown Island Jorge Island: Located between the central island group of the Azores Islands, the island of Sao Jorge has a very elongated shape. The island is famous for its long cliffs, standing on the beach. Ponta dos Rosais is the most notable location on the north island, about 200 meters high. The cliffs and fajas, a geologic form along the coast formed by volcanic lava, are the reason for the name of the island. Picture: Opera Propria.

Gold Coast Santa Maria: Many people think that Santa Maria is the first island discovered in the whole Azores. The inspiration for the Golden Island is the blaze of bright yellow giestas blooming along the green slopes between the rural towns of Santa Maria Island. Photo: Bluezzz.

Sao Miguel Green: The largest island in the Azores archipelago, Sao Miguel is covered with green hills, leafy mountainsides, romantic meadows and vast hills. On the island there are spectacular waterfalls and natural hot springs, nestled under the thick forest. Photo: Regent Holidays.

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