Angra do Heroísmo Travel Guide

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Angra do Heroísmo Things to Do

  • Misericordia Church

    Stop and admire this beautiful church. If you come in a different year, it may no longer be baby blue. I was told that it gets painted fairly often, and that it was green the year before.

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  • Museum de Sao Francisco

    The 18th Century Convent de São Francisco is now a very nice museum containing a mixture of history and art. Modern horse sculptures of bent metal wore 1914 saddlebags. Another room displayed uniforms and other items from WWI, with a soundtrack of explosions and gunfire. The Public Gardens are next to the museum, and they are worth walking...

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  • City Hall

    Angra do Heroísmo has a large and beautiful city hall, complete with 3 stained glass windows that would do credit to a cathedral. Be sure to go inside and see them.

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  • Angra do Heroismo Museum

    Housed within the Convent of São Francisco. Its notable collections give a broad view of Terceira's history. It integrates also a permanent exhibition of Azorean painting on wood (16th - 17th century).

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  • Igreja de São Francisco

    Built in the 18th century over two existing cloisters of the Franciscan order. Notable collection of treasures. Here can be found the tomb of Paulo de Gama, Vasco de Gama's brother.

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  • Alto da Memoria

    Obelisk built on the site of the town's first castle (15th-16th century, celebrates the visit of King Pedro IV in Angra. The footpath to this monument crosses a nice garden with many flowers and exotic plants.

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  • Sé Catedral

    Built in the 16th century on the site of a 15th century gothic church. Its interior has many interesting and valuable details: glazed tiles decorations, images, paintings and silverware, jarancanda furniture and religious ornaments.

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  • Palácio dos Bettencourts

    This Baroque style palace, which is a good example of Angra's mansion-houses, was built in the late 17th century and early 18th century. The main façade has a lovely pórtico carved in regional stone, comprising two Solomon-style pillars crowned by composite heads, an architrave and a wide tablet bearing the Bettencourt family coat-of-arms. This...

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  • Forte de São João Baptista

    This is one of the most imposing Portuguese fortresses of the 16th century [4km long], which was built during the Spanish era. Continuously modified up until and including the period of World War II, it gained fame as the place where famous figures such as Gungunhana and Dom Afonso VI were imprisoned.Its main doorway iscarved in black stone, with...

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  • Paços do Concelho [CITY HALL]

    This building, dating back from the 19th century, was erected on the site of the former 17th century City Hall. The first blue and white flag of the monarchy, embroided by Queen Maria II herself, is kept here.

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  • Igreja da Misericórdia

    This church was built in the 18th century, and houses an good collection of sculpture and paiting of this period.

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  • Monte Brasil

    This mountain with 205 m high is the remains of a mostly submerged crater, which resulted from an early underwater eruption and projects about 1,000 m into the sea.Surrounded by four small hills, the area of Monte Brasil, which is actually more of a small peninsula and covers around 63 hectares, comprising also the two islets of Ilhéus das Cabras,...

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  • Become an amateur bullfighter

    For many years Terceira was the ONLY place in Portuguese territory where you could see a rope bullfight. This tradition mounts back to the days of the discoveries when a woman called Brianda Pereira fought off Spanish invaders by releasing wild bulls along the coast where they were trying to land.Since then, raising bulls and bullfighting (both...

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  • Sé de Angra

    This Cathedral, mother church of the Azores, is an impressing structure built at the end of the 16th century using the style of a 15th century gothic church.The interior has many interesting details: the enormous high-altar, with a semi-circular niche; the carved cedar wood ceiling; images, paintings and silverware dating from the 17th century; a...

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  • Palácio dos Capitães Generais

    At the past, this palace was Jesuit College. In 1776 it became the residence of the Captain-Generals. Over the years this monument accumulated a fine collection of furniture, tapestries and other works of art. One of the rooms contains oil paintings with natural size portraits of all the kings of the House of Bragança up to the reign of Queen Maria...

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Angra do Heroísmo Hotels

  • Quinta Das Merces

    Caminho De Baixo Sao Mateus, Angra Do Heroismo, Po

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Terceira Mar

    Stayed in the Suite for a romantic getaway. Quite romantic! Nothing like watching the sunrise over...

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  • Pousada Forte De Sao Sebastiao

    Rua Do Castelinho Sn, Angra Do Heroismo, Portugal,

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Angra do Heroísmo Restaurants

  • Fish and Sea Food

    A charming restaurant in downtown. I found here a good service for a good price.Some desserts are home made. Fried or grilled fish.

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  • Try grilled or fried fish

    I was informed about this restaurant which is popular among locals. I came here along with three firends and we ordered grilled and fried fish. We found fish here fresh, but food was a little salty, so when ordering remmember them to reduce salt.They offer a good menu and prices are around 4.9 EUR. Dessert is limited to only two kind of cakes. I...

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  • AN ETHONOGRAFIC EXPERIENCE

    One place I always recomend to people visiting my island is a visit to Quinta do Martelo. Quinta do Martelo is a restaurant/hotel set in an old fashioned farm setting. The restaurant is decorated as an old farm house was at least 60 years ago, in great detail and with authentic antiques. The food is home made and even the bread is baked on the...

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Angra do Heroísmo Local Customs

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    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    The Sanjoaninas festivities, connected to the tradition of the popular saints, are perhaps the best-known and most popular in the archipelago.
    This event begins on the Friday closest to the 24th June, St.John' s day, and continue for a period of 10 days.
    The Sanjoaninas Festival includes a parade, theatrical and musical spectacles, marches accompanied by brass bands, folk singing and dancing, games and sports events, the traditional "roped bullfights" and firework displays.

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Angra do Heroísmo What to Pack

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    by saobartolomeu Updated Jul 2, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Standard sizes

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The Azores, in general, have a subtropical climate. So normally it never gets too cold or too hot, HOWEVER, we do get alot of rain even in the summertime albeit in patches. Whose familiar with the saying "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute it'll change"? So, always bring a lightweight jacket or sweater, small umbrella and a rain jacket. If you're here between July and October, never forget a swimsuit and of course lots of casual clothes.
    Winters aren't necessarily cold but can be very humid so moderately warm clothes are a good idea.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, hairspray and such are pricier here than in the U.S. and Canada. If you don't want to bring all that stuff in your luggage, we DO have everthing here even the same brand names but at European sizes and prices :(

    Photo Equipment: We are quite technologically advanced in the Azores so no problem downloading your digital camera's memory stick to a CD (takes about 15 mins.)or developing your role of film (one hour developing) the prices are reasonable and the quality is good.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: All this gear can be purchased here but if camping is your thing then the best is to bring your own gear and pick up any last minute tidbit on whichever island you're staying.

    Miscellaneous: You can fulfill most all your shopping needs on the islands of São Miguel and Terceira. The other islands are smaller, less populated and therefore carry less variety of items. But you can always satisfy your basic needs on anyone of them, so don't sweat it. Enjoy the beauty of the Azores.

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