Angra do Heroísmo | Central Group
SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR 1 WEEK
DAY 1 | SAIL TO VILA DA PRAIA (GRACIOSA ISLAND), 45 MILES
Enjoy a sailing day with an opportunity to observe the presence of natural treasures like dolphins, turtles and, luckily, whales. Graciosa is famous for its hospitality and traditions.
DAY 2 | VISIT GRACIOSA ISLAND
Classified by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, the island of Graciosa is the second smallest of the archipelago and is ranked as an exceptional location for diving and fishing. The charming town of Santa Cruz with its typical windmills provides a unique glance. Caldeira da Graciosa and Furna do Enxofre, a splendid volcanic cave, are the most iconic natural attractions of the island. The well famous thermal water of Carapacho invites you to a therapeutic bath. Must visit: Town of Santa Cruz; Caldeira da Graciosa; Furna do Enxofre.
DAY 3 | SAIL TO HORTA (FAIAL ISLAND),46 MILES
After a sailing day, arrive at Horta Marina and get yourself a well-deserved night on board, along a mythical Gin at Peter’s Café Sport to celebrate with your crew your sailing charter discovering the wonders of the Azores.
DAY 4 | VISIT FAIAL ISLAND
Don’t forget, Faial is not only about yachts, the Marina and Horta. Don’t forget to admire the Caldeira Volcano, a deep crater of 2000 X 400 meters and Capelinhos Volcano, an almost lunar and arid landscape of 3 square km conquered to the sea by more than 300 explosions and earthquakes in 1957 and 1958. Must visit: Caldeira and Capelinhos Volcanos.
DAY 5 | SAIL TO VELAS (SAO JORGE ISLAND), 22 MILES AND VISIT VELAS/SAO JORGE
Be amazed by arriving at the unique natural setting of Velas Marina, sheltered by huge cliffs of 200 m. Discover the enchanting towns of Velas and Calheta and cross the thin (8 km) but steep island (300 m) to visit some of its more fabulous fajas (low tongues of lava at the bottom of steep volcanic cliffs), Cubres, Ouvidor and, especially, Santo Cristo, a unique natural lagoon ring-shaped, that is now becoming a surfing sanctuary. Must visit: Town of Velas; Fajã dos Cubres, Fajã do Ouvidor and Fajã de Santo Cristo.
DAY 6 | SAIL BACK TO ANGRA DO HEROISMO (TERCEIRA ISLAND),49 MILES
Enjoy another full day of sailing and arrive early in Angra do Heroismo in time to get yourself lost in the immaculate and well preserved streets of one of the most historical cities of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Still, Terceira does not end in the unique charm of Angra. You must drive along the green leaves of a truly stunning landscape towards Algar do Carvão caves, with its magnificent stalagmites, stalactites and a lake.