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Aerial Tour of the Azores
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Journey through Azores


There is something about this drone video by Nonexistent Jay of the Azores that is just amazing.  The deep blue water of the Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic craters, the narrow winding roads, the fog-enshrouded hilltops, the lush green valleys - it just works.  The nine volcanic islands are vestiges of Portugal's once-great colonial empire; now they operate as a semi-autonomous region, similar to Madeira which is an island located closer to the Portuguese mainland.  

DVOW Nominee from the Azores
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Azores Singularity


Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 850 miles from mainland Portugal, this Portuguese archipelago is made up of nine volcanic islands. Drone pilot AeroGrafica takes us up above the clouds, over the abundant waterfalls, around the steep, jutting cliffs and to the wide ocean. This Drone Video of the Week Nominee does an excellent job showing the beauty of these islands, the remnants of a Portuguese overseas empire which was once the largest in the world. 

Faial Island: Largest of the Central Group
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Aerial Faial Island in the Azores, Portugal


The Azores archipelago in the North Atlantic is actually three groups of islands, sometimes referred to as the East, West, and Central groups.  While the largest of the islands in population is Sao Miguel of the Eastern group, the next four islands are all in the Central group.  In this video, contributor Flyingbydaniel gives us an epic bird's eye view of Faial Island, which is the second largest of the Central group.  It has a population of about 15,000, which is about 1/10 the size of Sao Miguel.

Central Group: São Jorge
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Journey to São Jorge Island in the Azores


Flyingbydaniel created this stunning drone video of São Jorge Island, part of the Azores archipelago which is a semi-autonomous region of Portugal in the North Atlantic.  São Jorge is one of five islands which make up the Central group of the Azores, collectively home to about a third of the quarter million people who call the Azores home.  Sao Jorge has a population of about 10,000, about a fifth that of Terceira, the largest of the Central group islands.  

Western Azores: Flores and Corvo
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Lost in the Ocean: Flores and Corvo Islands


Contributor Pedrolftavares created this stunning drone video of the so-called Western Azores, the islands which lie the furthest distance from mainland Portugal.  There are two main islands in the group: Flores and Corvo.  The two islands are not only the most remote of the group, they are also the least populous.  Flores, the larger of the two, has a population of around 4,000.  Corvo, which lies to the north of Flores, has only a tenth as many people.  The video was shot with a DJI Mavic Pro drone. 

Sao Miguel: Lagoa do Fogo
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Lagoa do Fogo - Azores - Portugal


Sao Miguel is the largest (by population and land area) of the nine islands which make up the Azores, an Atlantic Ocean island archipelago which is an autonomous region of Portugal.  Sao Miguel lies towards the eastern end of the chain, closer to the mainland of Portugal.  In this video, LostSoul82 used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create a bird's eye view of Lagoa do Fogo, a crater lake which is part of the island's Água de Pau Massif stratovolcano complex.

Azores' Central Islands
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The Azores: An Aerial Story


Contributor din_film used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this stunning teaser for a planned series on Portugal's Azores islands.  The first part of the video features footage from three of the lesser known islands of the group: Villa do Corvo (the northernmost Azore) and Faial and Pico, which are situated near the better known Sao Miguel in the middle of the archipelago.  The video concludes with some epic shots of Flores, which lies just to the south of Villa do Corvo.

Western Group: Flores
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Dreams: Flores Island, Azores


Behold this stunning drone video of Flores, one of Portugal's Azores islands, compliments of contributor AeroGrafica.  Flores is the westernmost of the group.  It's a stunningly beautiful place, with an interior full of crater lakes and a coast which is characterized by spectacular cliffs.  Its highest peak, Morro Alto, has an altitude of just over 900 meters (around 3k ft.) above sea level.   With about 4,000 permanent residents, it is far less densely populated than Sao Miguel and Terceira to the east. 

Terceira: Cinco Riberas
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Drone Selfie from the Azores: Cinco Riberas, Terceira

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Contributor Wrenee, aka the Queen of the Dronie, brings her trademark dronie pull out shot to the Azores Islands in the North Atlantic.  This video was taken on the island of Terceira, which is the easternmost of the five so-called Central Islands of the archipelago.  While Terceira has roughly comparable land area to two of the other Central islands, it's by far the largest in population with a bit over 5,000, second only to Sao Miguel of the Eastern group. 

Sao Miguel by Phantom 3
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Aerial view of Sao Miguel, Azores Island - Portugal


Sao Miguel is the largest island in the Azores, an archipelago controlled by Portugal located about 1,300 km (750 mi) west of mainland Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean.  Sao Miguel is part of the Eastern grouping of islands.  The Azores are volcanic islands which feature a mild climate for such a northerly location and offer much in the way of natural beauty.  Contributor  Pedrolftavares explored the area over three days with his DJI Phantom 3 drone and the resulting film is breathtaking.

São Miguel: King of the Azores
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Paradaise Islands, Acores

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Drone Mania created this beautiful drone video of São Miguel Island, the largest of the Azores archipelago in the North Atlantic.  It's the easternmost of the nine main islands of the group, and by far the most populous - roughly half of the roughly 250k residents of the islands live on São Miguel.  Much of the video is shot around the town of Ponta Delgada.  Situated on the south shore of the island, Ponta Delgada is by far the largest city in the Azores, and is the capital of the Azores administrative region.

Drone Views of São Miguel
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The Green Island: São Miguel


MIAPVIDEOS created this beautiful drone video of São Miguel, the easternmost and largest of the nine islands which comprise the Portuguese Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The video opens with a shot of a gorgeous rainbow over the island's coastline.  From there you'll get a shot of an almost impossibly beautiful small settlement at the tip of a little promontory.  The video also will take you into the interior of the island, which (like all of these islands) is of volcanic origin.