Nestling midway along Terceira Island
´s southern shoreline, the charming city of Angra do HeroÃsmo is one of the jewels in the Azores crown.
Airy and cosmopolitan, it was deservedly named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 in recognition of the strategic role the mid-Atlantic port has played over the centuries.
Dominating the cityscape, Angra´s 16th century SÃ© cathedral features an interesting interior of exotic carved wood, engraved silver and rare treasures.
In the centre of the island, a short drive north of Angra do HeroÃsmo, Terceira´s volcanic origins can be seen in the form of a 3-kilometre-wide crater (the largest in the Azores) called the Caldeira de Guilherme Moniz. Also worth seeing nearby are the Algar do CarvÃ£o (an enormous subterranean cave) and the hot steaming geysers of Furnas do Enxofre.