World Heritage In The Azores (2023)

Do you want to visit the World Heritage in the Azores? Search no further, as I’ve rounded up a complete list of the World Heritage in the Azores. From Angra do Heroísmo to Pico Island, get ready to discover amazing, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites!

The Autonomous Region of the Azores or Azores (in Portuguese, Região Autónoma dos Açores or Açores) is a region located in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Portugal, and its capitals are the cities of Ponta Delgada (in São Miguel Island), Angra do Heroísmo (in Terceira Island), and Horta (in Faial Island). In addition, it’s the seventh most populous region in the country and the sixth largest, encompassing Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo islands!

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World Heritage in the Azores
World Heritage in the Azores

World Heritage in Portugal

These are the 17 sites currently listed as World Heritage in Portugal:

  1. Alto Douro Wine Region (North Region)
  2. Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores (Autonomous Region of the Azores)
  3. Convent of Christ in Tomar (Central Region)
  4. Cultural Landscape of SintraChalet of the Countess of Edla, Convent of the Capuchos, Moorish Castle, National Palace of Pena, National Palace of Sintra, Palace of Monserrate, Quinta da Regaleira, Villa Sassetti (Lisbon Metropolitan Area)
  5. Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications (Alentejo Region)
  6. Historic Centre of Évora (Alentejo Region)
  7. Historic Centre of Guimarães (North Region)
  8. Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar (North Region)
  9. Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture (Autonomous Region of the Azores)
  10. Laurisilva of Madeira (Autonomous Region of Madeira)
  11. Monastery of Alcobaça (Central Region)
  12. Monastery of Batalha (Central Region)
  13. Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon (Lisbon Metropolitan Area)
  14. Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley (North Region)
  15. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (Lisbon Metropolitan Area)
  16. Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga (North Region)
  17. University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia (Central Region)

As you can see, these seventeen sites listed as World Heritage in Portugal are distributed as follows:

World Heritage in the Azores

1. Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores (1983)

The Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983, the first year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the two sites listed as World Heritage in the Azores, this is the only one situated in Terceira Island.

The best things to do in Angra do Heroísmo include:

  • Baía de Angra do Heroísmo
  • Casa do Capitão do Donatário
  • Convento de São Francisco
  • Estátua de Vasco Da Gama
  • Fortaleza de São João Baptista
  • Forte de São Sebastião
  • Igreja da Misericórdia
  • Jardim Duque da Terceira
  • Marina de Angra do Heroísmo
  • Museu Vulcanoespeleológico
  • Núcleo de História Militar – Manuel Coelho Baptista de Lima
  • Observatório do Ambiente dos Açores – Centro de Ciência de Angra Heroísmo
  • Palacete Silveira e Paulo
  • Palácio dos Capitães-Generais
  • Parque Municipal do Relvão
  • Praça Velha de Angra do Heroísmo
  • Praia de Angra do Heroísmo
  • Reserva Florestal de Recreio do Monte Brasil – Caldeira do Monte Brasil, Ermida de Santo António da Grota, Farol das Contendas, Forte da Quebrada, Forte do Zimbreiro, Miradouro do Pico da Quebrada – Vigia da Baleia, Miradouro do Pico das Cruzinhas, Miradouro do Pico do Facho, Miradouro do Pico Zimbreiro
  • Sé Catedral de Angra do Heroísmo
  • Solar de D. Violante do Canto

2. Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture (2004)

The Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004, the ninth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the two sites listed as World Heritage in the Azores, this is the only one situated in Pico Island.

The best things to do in Pico Island include:

  • Casa dos Sofias
  • Centro de Artes e de Ciências do Mar
  • Centro de Interpretação da Paisagem da Cultura da Vinha da Ilha do Pico
  • Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Estrela
  • Ermida de Nossa Senhora de Fátima
  • Ermida de São Mateus da Costa
  • Farol da Ponta da Ilha
  • Farol da Ponta de São Mateus
  • Forte de Santa Catarina
  • Furna do Frei Matias
  • Furnas de Santo António
  • Igreja de Santo Amaro
  • Igreja de Santo Antão da Ribeirinha
  • Igreja de Santo António
  • Igreja de São Bartolomeu
  • Igreja de São João Batista
  • Igreja de São Sebastião
  • Igreja Matriz de São Roque
  • Igreja Paroquial de Santa Cruz das Ribeiras
  • Ilhéu Deitado
  • Ilhéu em Pé
  • Jardim dos Maroiços
  • Miradouro de São Miguel Arcanjo
  • Moinho do Frade
  • Montanha do Pico
  • Museu da Indústria Baleeira
  • Museu dos Baleeiros
  • Museu do Vinho da Ilha do Pico
  • Museu Marítimo da Construção Naval
  • Paisagem da Vinha de Criação Velha
  • Parque Florestal de Santa Luzia
  • Piscinas Naturais da Criação Velha
  • Piscinas Naturais de São Roque
  • Piscinas Naturais do Cais do Mourato
  • Solar dos Salgueiros

Map of the World Heritage in the Azores

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