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Angra do Heroísmo Municipality

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5 travelers at this place:

  • Day43

    Island Tour - Day 2.1

    February 11 in Portugal

    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 in Portugal

    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 in Portugal

    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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  • Day42

    Island Tour - Day 1.1

    February 10 in Portugal

    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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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Terceira to Faial

    October 2, 2017 in Portugal

    Spent the morning on a walking tour of Angra do Heroismo, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, on Terceira before having lunch and leaving to go to the airport. Flying this afternoon to the next island, Faial, and having a tour of the harbour and volcanic rock formations. Except as of 3 p.m. We are still at airport waiting for the plane, which has technical problems. In the meantime I'm looking at the one plane on the Tarmac, which is a NATO plane, this being a big NATO base.Read more

  • Day2

    Day 2 - island of Teseira

    October 1, 2017 in Portugal

    After lunch, in a stunning new restaurant, we when down inside one of the volcanos where the lava cut tubes into the rock and these are now tunnel-shaped caves. As well as being a great experience it was also nice and cool inside. It has been clear blue skies today and the temperature is mid-20's, but it is very humid so after a late arrival yesterday and an early start today we are definitely wilting!Read more

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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