It’s more the reasons that bind us than the ocean that separates.
Before Columbus arrived in America, and from Terceira Island, Corte-Real, Joao Fernandes and others, had already passed there. We participated, side by side with the American people, in the wars of independence. This connection lasts and is seen in the American presence at the Lajes Base.
Now it’s time to discover the Azores and Explore Terceira. America was also born here.
Top 10 attractions and experiences
Explore the Algar do Carvão - the only visitable volcanic cave in the world.
Stroll through the historic center of Angra do Heroísmo, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
Serra do Cume - An authentic postcard spot with a breathtaking view to the largest volcanic caldera in the Azores.
Laurissilva Forest, in the Serra de Santa Bárbara, one of the largest and best preserved areas of natural vegetation in the Azores.
Passear pelas ruas e baías da pacata vila da Praia da Vitória, onde Vitorino Nemésio se inspirou.
Enjoy the best that nature has to offer taking a walking tour.
Whale Watching - The Azores are considered one of the largest whale sanctuaries in the world.
A gastronomy rich in influences from remote places such as spice India or the corn and potato cultures of the Americas.
A unique Carnival - ownerless and ageless!
Discover the coast of the island by kayak, stand up or even venture out sometimes on foot and sometimes swimming through the coasteering activity.
Millions of years ago, the Atlantic Ocean began to appear, in the process of separating the continents, opening from South to North and allowing the famous Atlantic dorsal ridge to emerge. The Azores were born from volcanic eruptions, linked to this evolution, which continues today. In the middle of the 15th century, before Columbus arrived in America and from the Azores, Corte-Real, Joao Fernandes, the farmer, Pedro de Barcelos and others, were there. Born Simao Fernandes in Terceira, participated, in the service of Sir Walter Raleigh, in 1587, in the attempt to install what became known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
Peter Francisco, hero of George Washington’s armies in the wars of independence, was also born on Terceira Island. Episodes of the American Civil War and the arming of the Confederate blockade runners also took place here, in Praia da Vitoria and in Angra. From those adventures until today, to which we can add the American presence at Lajes Air Base and the 1971 and 2003 summits, we can say that there are many reasons to be able to say that, in many ways, North America started here.