Praia da Vitoria (translated as "Beach of the Victory"), is a municipality located in the Portuguese archipelago of Azores. With a population of 21,040 (according to 2011 census), the 2nd largest administrative authority on Terceira Island, it covers an area of 161.27 km2 (62.27 ml2), extending from the northern coast halfway into interior.
Praia da Vitoria's urban centre, including the parishes of Santa Cruz and Lajes, fronts a ridge named Facho which overlooks Lajes' airport. It was used as lookout for invaders and pirates, and later as primitive lighthouse and marine military semaphore station. Apart from pasture-lands, Facho was occupied by support buildings and marine housing for Portuguese Air Base 4. Located at its far end is a monument dedicated to Sacred Heart of Mary and lookout.
Praia da Vitoria is a fishing, agricultural and services municipality which boasts a large marina with Terceira's only sizeable sand beach. Lajes Air Base (joint U.S. and Portuguese air force base) is situated 3 km to the north of the city. American servicemen frequent the clubs and restaurants in the town and add to the local economy.
The town of Praia da Vitoria boasts several public squares, two notable churches, and a number of restaurants and hotels. In 1879, in Jardim municipal park a monument was erected in memory of Jose Silvestre Ribeiro (1807-1891), Portuguese politician who organized city's reconstruction after the earthquake in 1841.
Praia da Vitoria is popular with windsurfers due to the constant seabreezes. It hosts an annual triathlon and is famous for its exceptional style of bullfighting, tourada a corda.
Praia da Vitoria cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Terceira Island (Ilha de Terceira) Azores dock (anchor) at Praia da Vitoria - port town on the eastern coast. Smaller ships may also stop at Angra do Heroismo - port town on the southern coast.
The Praia da Vitoria cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Praia da Vitoria, Terceira Island, Azores.
If you lose the Praia da Vitoria location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Praia da Vitoria cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Praia da Vitoria, Terceira Island, Azores. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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22 March, 2017