Praia de Vitoria tourist information.
Praia da Vitória is a town in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores on the island of Terceira. Terceira is one of the largest and more beautiful islands of the Azores, originally called the island of Jesus Cristo, it was renamed Terceira (Third) due to the fact that it was the third island to be discovered in the Azores.
Historic Praia da Vitória, a major point of interest about 20 km northeast of Angra, is one of the most modern towns in the Azores. Located in a large bay on the east coast, this pretty town boasts a long and attractive sandy beach, a smart marina, a nice pedestrian shopping zone and a very pleasant ambiance with two notable churches, several public squares, and a number of hotels and restaurants.
Praia’s centre has a pleasant pedestrian zone with many attractive shops and some notable historic buildings that well deserve a glance. The most impressive of all is probably the all-dominating Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz, an attractive parish church with a large façade with two imposing bell-towers that can be seen from far.
Because of the sea breeze Praia De Vitoria is extremely popular amongst the windsurfing community. It edges up against a low mountain ridge called Facho (Portuguese for Torch, because in its top a primitive lighthouse and lookout place against pirates, and later a marine and military semaphoric signal station, operated for about 400 years), and a large public park atop the ridge affords excellent views of the surrounding countryside and the Atlantic Ocean.