Praia da Vitoria Cruises
Pretty Praia da Vitoria, the former capital of the Azores, is a town steeped in history. Originally heavily fortified, Praia has a fascinating historic quarter, and a stunning natural harbour that’s overlooked by the impressive 16th century Fort of Santa Catarina.
Translated as the Beach of the Victory, Praia da Vitoria is a popular destination thanks to a bustling, modern harbour, vibrant town centre and gorgeous sandy beaches.The pick of which is the uncrowded Praia Grande, which is a safe, dark sand beach with barely any waves.[ReadMoreMob]
Praia’s centre has a pleasant pedestrian zone with many attractive shops and some notable historic buildings that deserve a glance. The most notable monuments include the imposing bell towers of 15th century Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz and the stunning Town Hall in the main square.
Angra do Heroísmo
The historic city of Angra do Heroísmo is the former capital of the Azores and is a must-see for anyone visiting. Dating from the 15th century, it was an important port for Portuguese and Spanish merchants due to its sheltered harbour. Located in the city is the 16th century Sé Cathedral.
Monte Brasil is a now-extinct volcano which emerged from the sea following an early underwater eruption to join the city of Angra do Heroísmo, the former capital city of the Azores. Monte Brasil sits 205 metres above sea level, and offers stunning views from the top over Angra do Heroísmo.
Cruises to Praia da Vitoria
Departs: Liverpool • Thu 26 Mar 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2009
- Portugal’s remarkable diversity and beauty is yours to experience, as Black Watch takes you to beautiful islands in the Azores, Madeira – the gorgeous ‘Garden Island’ – and Leixoes, gateway to the culture-rich, attraction-packed second city.
- In the Azores, three of the archipelago’s beautifully unspoilt islands – Terceira, Faial and São Miguel – await, with verdant volcanic scenes of incredible craters, lakes and geo-thermal pools to explore, while on the mainland, you can visit Oporto for world-famous port wines and fine architecture.
- What’s more, in Madeira, you’ll also be part of the very special ‘Four Fred.’s in Funchal’ event. Dock alongside Braemar, Balmoral and Boudicca and experience a memorable day of celebration shared with crew and fellow guests from all four ocean-going ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet.
Adult Only Sailing
From £2,899ppFares Explained | What's Included
Departs: Liverpool • Sat 12 Sep 2020
13 nights • Black Watch • W2026
- Revel in the sheer remoteness, spectacular natural beauty and remarkable diversity of the Azores, as Black Watch presents you with a triple helping of this breathtaking Atlantic archipelago in less than two weeks.
- Volcanic wonderlands await you on the islands of Terceira, Faial and São Miguel, with towering mountain peaks, vast craters and lakes, verdant emerald green valleys and much more to discover.
- Your smaller cruise ship will also take you to the Portuguese mainland, to explore attraction-packed Lisbon and UNESCO-listed Oporto, with its famous wine cellars and stunning riverscapes.
From £1,699ppFares Explained | What's Included
Departs: Dover • Thu 25 Mar 2021
14 nights • Boudicca • D2106
- Experience the seemingly endless rewards of the hard-to-reach Azores, as Boudicca takes you on an unforgettable journey to three of this remote archipelago’s most beautiful and diverse islands.
- Astonishing wonderlands of emerald-green landscapes, mighty volcanos and vast craters, out-of-this world lakes and thermal pools, and picturesque cities await, on the islands of Terceira, Faial and São Miguel.
- The highlights aren’t restricted to the Azores though: there’s also opportunities to stimulate your senses with Madeira’s stunning scenery, fragrance and flavours; and explore UNESCO-listed Oporto.
From £1,799ppFares Explained | What's Included