Angra do Heroísmo Municipality

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  • Day23

    Sunny Sunday in Angra

    May 12, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I picked this hotel because of its fitness center but the view would have also been a perfect reason. This morning, reception helped make some more contacts about my iPad and depending on whom you speak to, it’s either already here at the airport or about to arrive late today. In any event, tomorrow we will rent a car to take a spin around the island, and the airport will be one of our early stops. Fingers crossed!!!

    We spent the day walking. Through the old town, up to a spectacular viewing spot, to the harbor, through beautiful municipal gardens, lunch in the best restaurant we’ve eaten in on the islands (we will be back), and then another climb up to the 15th century castle guarding the harbor. UNESCO’s designation as a world heritage site was spot on. It’s just really beautiful.
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  • Day43

    Island Tour - Day 2.1

    February 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We waited until noon to see if the sky was going to clear and when it did we headed directly to the coast. We stopped at several scenic viewpoints and drove through quaint towns. We took a wine/beer break at a cheese factory where they gave us a small plateful of cheese samples. Marco did a quick tour of the largest city, Angra do Heroismo, with a population of 35,000. He took us to some hilltop monuments and sites that would save us a lot of climbing when we returned to Angra later in the week.Read more

  • Day48

    Island Tour - Day 2.2

    February 16, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We continued along the coastline, arriving home at dusk. What a tour it was! In addition to all the sightseeing, Marco took me to buy a SIM card at the electronics store; to the airport to purchase our inter-island flight tickets; and to the supermarket which he said was their version of Walmart. We certainly got our money’s worth.

    Marco is a buyer for a 16 store grocery chain on the island and his wife works full-time at the grocery store. They have two young children. He does tours on the side to make ends meet and his Dad provides them with produce from his garden. He’s considered moving to Winnipeg where he still has family but Terceira is his home and he wouldn’t survive the winters. It was apparent over the past two days that he is very proud of Terceira. I offered to do a Trip Advisor review of his tour so that he might get more customers.
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  • Day44

    Angra do Heroismo

    February 12, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We had to walk a km into town to catch the public bus to Angra but weren’t sure what side of the street to catch the bus so we each took a side of the street to cover all our bases. Our luck that Marco would drive by and guide us even though I’m sure he told us 5 times how the system worked! This bus is once every hour; whereas the bus going to the other main city was only every 2 hours. The fare was an unusual amount....€2,31.

    Angra is a Historic World Heritage Site as for centuries it was a port of call for the sea routes between Europe, America and Africa. The main attractions here are all the well maintained historic buildings and Duque Da Terceira Garden. But first we had to have lunch. The server recommended a local specialty, barnacles! She explained that you eat the snails inside. No thanks! We stuck with grilled tuna and hake, both reasonably priced as we are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after all.

    We had an enjoyable stroll through the gardens and to the ocean front, then John decided to sit and have coffee & dessert while I explored the historic area.
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  • Day44

    Angra's Historical Buildings

    February 12, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    My walking tour took about 40 minutes as the historic centre is quite small. We knew exactly where to catch the bus home and I dare not be late getting to our meeting spot. I too did not want to wait another hour for the next bus.Read more

  • Day42

    Island Tour - Day 1.1

    February 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We had arranged to meet Lucinda and Mateus’s son, Marco, who was willing to provide us with a tour of Terceira. He was born in Winnipeg and spent the first 6 years of his life there so his English was very good. We agreed to a 2 day tour for €60 each and because it was a beautiful sunny, warm day he recommended we go now. So we packed a picnic lunch and were on our way to the interior of the island.

    Our first stop was the Miradoura (viewpoint) do Facho, where there is a monument of a nun who overlooks and protects the city of Praia da Vitoria. It was a gift from George Bush after the Iraq war “victory”, as there was a large US Air Force base here at the time, now reduced to about 180 servicemen and women. The views were spectacular and there were more to come. We took a short drive to another viewpoint that showed the almost deserted airbase and the very long runway for an island of this size. In 2001, an Air Transat Airbus 330 heading to Lisbon with 306 passengers ran out of fuel and glided 120 km to an emergency safe landing on this runway, beating the previous record set by the Gimli Glider incident.

    The next stop was to the 2nd highest peak on the island, Serra do Cume, at 545 metres (1800 feet). The highest peak is almost always under cloud cover. The view of the patchwork fields created by the volcanic stone walls was simply amazing but Marco said that later in the year when different crops of different colours are growing it almost looks like a patchwork quilt. This flat area is actually a caldera that stretches for 15 km.
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  • Day2

    Anreise mit Hindernissen

    May 11, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    8.00 Uhr sollte der Flug nach Pico starten. Wir sitzen und sitzen, doch kein Flugzeug in Sicht. Dann die Meldung " der Flug ist gecancelt". Nun aber schnell das Gepäck holen, Rücksprache mit den Biologen halten und uns Alle erstmal finden...7 "Leutchen" sind wir und kennen uns nicht...doch es funktioniert!!! Das Handy klingelt und klingelt wieder und wieder, dann schnell in den Menschenmassen suchen, die Hand heben und schwupps waren wir vollzählig. So ein Kennenlernen sollte zusammenschweißen. Dann geht es an die anderthalbstündige Verhandlung mit der azoreanischen Airline. Puh! Alle Menschen wollen umbuchen, doch es gibt keinen Ersatzflieger.
    Ende gut: wir bekommen einen Abendflug nach Terceira, ein 4 Sterne Hotel, Shuttle und am nächsten Tag einen fast privaten Inselhoppingflug von Terceira nach Pico und Mittag,-Kaffee-und Abendessengutscheine für Lissabon.
    Auf Pico tobt das Unwetter...wir haben einen sonnigen Tag in Lissabon...
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  • Day5

    Blauwal und Flukeprints

    May 14, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Guten Morgen, heute nehmen wir Kurs von Sao Jorge nach Terceira. In diesem Gebiet werden wir die nächsten Tage bleiben.
    Kurz nach dem Ablegen ist auch schon die erste Delphinschule am, unter, vor und hinter dem Boot. Toll!!!!
    ...und dann ist er da...auf "9 Uhr"...der Gigant, ein Blauwal! JUHU!!! Sein Blas steigt steil gen Himmel. Wir sind aufgeregt und überglücklich, ihn trotz hohem Wellengang entdeckt zu haben. Übrigens schimmert er unter Wasser türkis-blau. Daher hat er seinen Namen, denn über Wasser ist er genauso grau wie die anderen Wale auch. Wir lernen was Flukeprints sind und staunen über die geniale Tierwelt Einen Flukeprint hinterlässt der Wal beim Abtauchen. Egal wie unruhig und aufgewühlt das Meer auch ist, ein Flukeprint bleibt als runder Kreis eine geraume Zeit ganz glatt auf dem Meer. So kann man sehen, wann ein Wal wo abgetaucht ist.
    Nach diesem Erlebnis entdecken wir noch eine kleine Schule Rundkopfdelfine.
    Gegen Abend legen wir im Hafen von Angra do Heroismo, Terceira an, gehen in der Marina duschen, bummeln durch den Ort und gehen einheimisch , lecker essen.
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  • Day7


    May 16, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    "Für immer verzaubert vom Glitzern des Meeres, dem Rauschen der Wellen und der Weite des Horizonts."
    Heute sind die Delfine gleich früh am Boot und begleiten uns immer wieder. Gemeine Delfine und Streifendelfine entzücken uns immer wieder aufs Neue. Doch Stop! Ein Hai! Wir schauen fragend zu unserer Meeresbiologin, doch sie ist schon über Bord gegangen, bei der Kälte ohne Neopren, ohne Unterwasserkamera...es ist kein Hai, sondern ein Mondfisch, Mola Mola. Ein 3 Meter großes Exemplar. Eine Kreatur. 3 unserer Mitstreiter hüpfen auch ins Wasser und schwimmen ein Stück vollkommen begeistert mit. Wir an Bord Gebliebenen, suchen derzeit das Meer nach den portugiesischen Galeeren ab. Sie sind hochgiftig und sind heute schon die ganze Zeit überall auf dem Wasser zu sehen.
    Noch euphorisch treffen wir auf eine kleine Schule Schnabelwale und lassen uns neben einer Schildkröte trudeln. Super!!!!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Angra do Heroísmo, Angra do Heroismo, Angra do Heroísmo Municipality, آنگرا دو هروئیسمو, アングラ・ド・エロイズモ, ანგრა-დუ-ეროიჟმუ, Aнгра ду Эроижму, Angra do Heroišmas, Ангра-ду-Эроишму, Ангра до Ероизмо, 英雄港

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