Praia di Vitoria, Terceira, Azores, Portugal
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Approximately 6¾ Hours
Meals not included
You'll take the mountain road from Praia da Vitoria to Serra do Cume. Stop here for photos of the beautiful Azores scenery -- a patchwork of small farms, stone walls and forests in harmony with nature.
Continue towards Angra do Heroísmo and the Pico das Cruzinhas viewpoint on Mount Brasil. Mount Brasil, a protected landscape in the Angra do Heroísmo region, is one of the most beautiful sights of the Azores.
Angra do Heroísmo -- the City of Lords -- dates back to the 16th century. Its houses and buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries remain astonishingly intact. The City of Lords was the capital of Terceira for 300+ years and was an important trade and travel hub, standing at the three-point intersection between Europe, Africa and the Americas. The City of Lords has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Don't miss the Sé Cathedral, Paços do Concelho and Praça Velha.
Stopping for lunch, enjoy the local specialty called Alcatra. It is a meat dish cooked for about 12 hours and steeped in intense flavors and textures.
You'll also visit São Sebastião -- a village on the east coast. São Sebastião is best known for its charming church, which features Manueline portals and late-medieval frescoes.
Before returning to the ship your last stop is at Miradouro do Facho, an authentic "balcony over the city" where you can see the long beach of Praia Bay and the bustling dock and fishing harbor.
Visibility from the viewpoints is weather permitting. All Angra do Heroísmo visits are outside only. Participants must negotiate uneven cobblestone sidewalks and several steps at Angra do Heroísmo, and a few steps at Monte Brasil and in São Sebastião. Total walking required is about 1,200 yards. Wear comfortable walking shoes.