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About Praia da Vitoria

Unspoilt and wild, with an infallible craggy coastline lies Terceira, the third largest island in the Azores archipelago. Packed with characterful towns, tranquil churches, springs, caverns, lakes and rolling patchwork pastures, this island brings rejuvenation and peace to its visitors.

 

Praia da Vitoria is tucked in the far eastern corner of sub-tropical Terceira. With its sheltered natural harbour and modern marina, the town was named after the Battle of Praia Bay when the Miguelists were defeated on the beach by Portuguese loyalist troops in 1829.

 

Wander the cobbled streets for a closer look at the colourful, adorned Holy-Ghost temples, such as the blue and white Império dos Pescadores; stretch out on the beach; or hike along the fort stone walls rising to the untamed beauty of the volcanic mountains beyond. Don't miss the panoramic views across the bay from the belvedere at Ponta da Má Merenda, where the Forte do Espírito Santo once dominated the skyline.

 

Shore excursions in Praia da Vitoria

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

South Island Sights and Algar do Carvão

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the natural geological wonder of Algar do Carvão and the island’s southern sights.

Sit back and enjoy a scenic drive towards Algar do Carvão, one of the island’s geological nature reserves. The name ‘Algar do Carvão’, meaning coal pit, refers to the walls of the cave which are formed from dark black lava. Upon arrival, you’ll descend the steps down the volcanic chimney into the cavern. Admire the stalagmites and stalactites and the crystal clear lake at the bottom.

After your visit to Algar do Carvão, you’ll take a drive to view the Guilherme Moniz Cauldron, the largest volcanic crater in the archipelago. It’s then onto the Serra do Cume viewpoint, where you can enjoy some of the beautiful landscapes of the Azores, before the scenic return drive to Praia da Vitória.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those suffering with heart, medical conditions or for those who are claustrophobic. The cave visit is around 50 minutes. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking over varying terrain. There are approximately 200 steps in total to negotiate in the cave, which may be slippery when wet. Flat, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. The island views are dependent on the weather conditions on the day.

South Island Sights and Angra

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy the southern beauty of Terceira Island and spend some time in the UNESCO capital of Angra.

Heading south, you’ll drive towards the viewpoint of Serra do Cumea and stop to admire the lovely surrounding scenery. The viewpoint has a wooden viewing platform that juts out over the valley, resembling a patchwork quilt with its array of green pastures separated by black volcanic stone.

Your drive will continue, passing by the Guilherme Moniz Cauldron, the largest volcanic crater in the archipelago, and onto Monte Brasil. Here, you can enjoy a photo stop and admire the views of this extinct volcano.

Next, you’ll head to the island’s UNESCO capital Angra, with origins that date back to the late 15th century. It’s a picture-book town of imposing townhouses and cobbled streets seemingly untouched by time. This historical centre is laced with streets, alleys, churches, monuments, squares and gardens, which have been remarkably preserved despite the ravages of earthquakes. Here, you can take an optional guided walk or if you prefer simply enjoy some free time to explore at your own leisure.

You’ll have the opportunity to admire more of the lovely scenery, on the return drive to Praia da Vitória.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. To derive full enjoyment of this tour, some walking is required. Angra has cobblestoned surfaces with slightly inclined surfaces in places. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The island views are dependent on the weather conditions on the day.

Terceira Island Discovery

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Discover the delights of Terceira, also known as ‘lilac Island’, due to its colourful array of heather and hydrangeas.

Your drive will take you east to the viewpoint of Serra do Cume, to witness some of the beautiful landscapes of the Azores. Heading to the north of the island, you’ll stop at the charming little town of Biscoitos to see the unique natural saltwater pools, formed by volcanic rocks. A short visit will also be made to the Biscoitos Wine Museum, home to the famous grapevines that produce an excellent Verdelho wine, which you can sample at the end of your visit.

Continue to the centre of the island and then heading south, you’ll pass by lovely scenery and local landmarks, including the archipelago’s largest crater, Guilherme Moniz Cauldron. There will also be a photo stop at the Monte Brasil viewpoint, an extinct volcano with a protected landscape that offers excellent vistas across the island.

A delicious lunch will be served at a local hotel, before exploring the island’s UNESCO capital, Angra do Heroísmo. Enjoy a guided walking tour which will bring the city to life, as you pass by hallmark manor houses, alleyways and century old buildings. A stop will be made at the imposing Church of Sé to admire the many interesting details of its exterior.

The return journey to Praia da Vitória will pass by the quaint villages of Ribeirinha and São Sebastião.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 45 minutes of walking over varying terrain, which includes steps and cobblestones. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The views are dependent on the weather conditions on the day.

 

A selection of cruises to Praia da Vitoria

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