Silversea Luxury Cruises A Calheta, Sao Jorge, Azores

Calheta, Sao Jorge, Azores

A ‘giant long sea monster’ is how the island of São Jorge has been described when viewed from an approaching ship. Like all Azores islands, São Jorge is volcanic in origin, but it is not the typical volcanic cone shape. It is an elongated narrow string of volcanic peaks joined by a high plateau. Half the island is above 300 metres (1000 feet) elevation. A big eruption on the island in 1808 produced fresh lava. View more

Dotted at sea level around the island are fajãs, small flatlands formed by lava flows or landslides. No-one lived on the islands until the Portuguese arrived in the 1430s. The Portuguese were joined later by Flemish, Italians, British, and Breton settlers. On São Jorge, the Flemish exported lichen and the plant woad to Europe for dye. Later, food, including oranges was cultivated for export. Yams were so important as a food crop for residents that they are on Calheta’s Coat-of-Arms. Excellent trekking takes you amongst the dramatic volcanic cones, lush valleys ravines and the high plateau of São Jorge. Forests have native plants such as Azorean Candleberry Tree (Morella), Tree Heath, Pau-branco” (White Wood) and Azores Juniper. Alongside walking trails are colourful introduced plants, especially hydrangeas and yellow ginger-lilies. Seabirds, especially Cory's Shearwater, nest on the higher slopes, although these are more easily seen from the ship. Look out for the amazing Azores Noctule, a bat which is the Azores’ only native mammal and one of only a few of the world’s bats that flies by day.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.