Silversea Expedition Cruises To ANGRA DO HEROISMO (Azores)

ANGRA DO HEROISMO (Azores)

Sailing vessels needed a place to re-supply and repair on voyages between Europe and ports in Africa, the West Indies and the East Indies. Angra do Heroísmo (Angra) on Terceira Island in the Azores was the ideal port of call. But only if you were the correct nationality at the time. Angra has had shaky times both politically and literally. The Azores sit on the Azores Triple Junction, the spot where the North American, Eurasian and African tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart. View more

This makes them vulnerable to tremors and volcanic eruptions. A severe earthquake hit the islands of Terceira and São Jorge in 1980 leaving scores dead and thousands homeless. In Angra, many historic buildings were damaged. The town was so faithfully restored that the town centre became a World Heritage Site in 1983. The town square and 400-year-old military fortifications are key historic features. Battles have been fought on Terceira twice. In the 1580s, the islanders fought against the Spanish occupation of the Azores, before eventually losing control to Spain. The Sao Joao Baptista do Monte Brasil Fortress was built by the Spanish, who defended it until the Portugal restoration in 1642. The fortifications are now protected in Monte Brasil Natural Park. During the Liberal Wars (civil war) of the 1820s, Angra served as the capital of Portugal for a government in exile. Angra’s citizens won a battle in 1829 which lead to Angra earning the honorary title of do Heroísmo "the Heroic”. Not a bad title to brag about.

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LISBON To DAKAR
  • Departure
    Sep 27 2022
  • Duration
    17 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Cloud
From US$ 17,550
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Excursions in ANGRA DO HEROISMO (Azores)

Algar do Carvão Cave

Step for an enlightening day exploring the island of Terceira´s incredible geological wonders.

Start off at the amazing Algar do Carvão, an ancient volcanic vent located at the very heart of the island. The cave´s name, which means "Cavern of Coal", refers to the walls of the cave, which are formed from jet black lava.

You're sure to be mesmerized when you descend the steps down the volcanic chimney into the cavern, where you'll find a beautiful clear lake surrounded by wondrous stalagmites and stalactites.

After your cave exploration, take a 10 minute drive to the the sulphur fumaroles of Furnas do Enxofre, located almost in the geographic center of the island at 600 meters above sea level. Another living witness of Terceira's volcanic origin.

Angra do Heroismo Walking Tour

This morning explore Angra do Heroismo, a charming UNESCO heritage town with a distinct Mediterranean flavour of cobblestone streets and a certain quiet charm.

Enjoy a walking tour that takes in the Misericordia church, Se Catedral, Palácio Capitães Generais and the public gardens.

Before returning to the ship, stop at a local coffee shop in town and taste the traditional tea cake, "The Dona Amelia", named after Queen Amelia, who in 1901 visited the island, with her husband King Carlos, when Portugal was a monarchy. Historically, these tea cakes appear in older cookbooks, under the name of "Indianos", then the name was changed in honour of Queen Amelia.

After tasting this delicious cake, return on foot back to the ship.

Cruise around Cabras Islets

Enjoy a short walk to the marina of Angra and hop on board a bottom glass boat for approximately 1.5 hr cruise around the Ilheu das Cabras, (Cabras Islets). A certified nature guide will talk you through the islet's unique geological formations and the many species that live in the water of the Azores.

This is an incredible natural habitat in a Special Protection Zone in Terceira's Natural Park, so keep an eye out for Whales and dolphins as well as precious seabirds like Cory Shearwater and Roseate Tern.

Arrive at the marina and walk back to the ship.

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“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.