Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores

Worthwhile Journeys

You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.

Keeping in Touch The exact location of your ship may not be known until closer to your joining time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s mobile/cell phone number with you in case you are delayed or there are any other problems on the day.

What to Do in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores

History Angra do Heroismo is steeped in maritime history, reflecting its key role as a strategic port during the Age of Exploration. The town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, replete with 16th-century forts and churches. For a deep dive into history, visit the Museu de Angra do Heroismo.

Culture The Azores have a rich tradition of folk music and dance, and Angra is no exception. The town frequently hosts festivals that showcase local traditions, like the Sanjoaninas Festivities in June, featuring parades, bullfights, and concerts.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor Angra offers coastal views that can take your breath away. Monte Brasil provides an elevated vantage point to view the harbours below. For those with a nautical bent, the local lighthouses, such as the one at Serreta, are worth a look. Sail by the numerous bays and headlands to truly appreciate the coastline.

Entertainment If you find yourself yearning for a bit of social merriment after sundown, Angra has a few watering holes and pubs that offer live music. You might also enjoy the local dance clubs where you can sway to both modern and traditional tunes.

Eating Out Angra has a range of dining options that include traditional Azorean dishes like Alcatra, a hearty meat stew. For seafood enthusiasts, the local lapas (limpets) are a must-try.

Nature Venture beyond the town to explore the island’s lush green pastures, hiking trails, and unique lava tunnels. The island offers guided tours and opportunities for bird watching and whale spotting.

Unique Features One can’t speak about Angra without mentioning the sulphur springs and the natural swimming pools formed by lava. These features offer a unique twist to the usual beachside experience.

Accommodation Some well-known accommodations include the Terceira Mar Hotel and the Quinta de Nossa Senhora das Mercês.

Official Tourist Website Visit Angra do Heroismo Tourism (website link) for more information.

Weather in Angra do Heroismo Winters are mild but wet, while summers are warm and relatively dry. Spring and autumn offer a pleasant, temperate climate, making these seasons ideal for outdoor activities.

Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices? Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches, or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.

Special Interests If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

How to Get There

UK Flights are available from London to Lajes Airport in Terceira. Alternatively, you can fly to Lisbon and take a connecting flight.

Europe Direct flights are available from various European cities to Lisbon, from where a short connecting flight can get you to Terceira.

North America From the United States, one-stop flights are typically available, usually with a layover in Lisbon.

Australia A longer journey is required from Australia, often involving multiple layovers, commonly in Asian and European cities before reaching Terceira.

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