Praia Da Vitoria
A centre of the first colonial settlements, Praia ceded the title of capital in 1476 to the nearby Angra. However, it has been rebuilt in recent times, taking the role of the most important stop-off away from the island of Terceira, with a new and extensive tourist and commercial port where our excursion begins.
Praia can boast a long white beach overlooking the Atlantic, popular with windsurfers for its constant ocean breezes. A sense of sleek modernity and an old town full of military, civil and religious buildings from various eras live in harmony in the city, topped off by the massive bell towers of the Igreja Matriz. Here and elsewhere, you notice the renovations following the damaged suffered in the earthquake of 1980. Narrow streets and colourful houses, with traditional sash windows, are another attraction in this welcoming town.
Not to be missed:
Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz, an imposing three-nave 15th century church
The Paços do Concelho with Statue of Liberty
Tourada à corda, typical Azorean bullfight, the oldest local pasttime