Silversea Luxury Cruises À ANGRA DO HEROISMO (Azores)

Shaky times have hit the town of Angra do Heroísmo (Angra) on Terceira Island. The Azores sit on the junction where the North American Plate and Eurasian Plate are slowly pulling apart, triggering earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on the islands. An earthquake damaged Angra in 1980 but it was restored, and in 1983 the town centre became a World Heritage Site. 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 for several decades. View more

During the Liberal Wars (civil war) of the 1820s, Angra served as the capital for a government in exile of Portugal. Angra’s citizens won a battle in 1829 which lead to Angra earning the town the honorary title of do Heroísmo "the Heroic”. A good walk near Angra is to Monte Brasil, a protected natural park containing the Sao Joao Baptista do Monte Brasil Fortress. The fortifications were built by the Spanish, who defended them until the Portugal restoration in 1642. Other island treks go through the farmlands, forests and volcanic rocks of the interior. Something to either seek or avoid, depending on your tastes, is the Azorean bullfight ritual Touradas a Corda (Bullfighting on a Rope). Exploding fireworks signal that a bull is to be let loose in the town. Men cling to a rope attached to the bull while others torment it with capes or parasols. The bull drags the men around as it tries to trample or gore its tormenters. Eventually, the bull ends up in a bullring.

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.