Pousada Forte Angra do Heroísmo
Come and immerse yourself in the rich, formidable history of Terceira Island and the mythical town that will spark your imagination:: Angra do Heroísmo. Pousada de Angra, located in the Fort of São Sebastião, which was once the scene of resounding victories against pirates and corsairs, is now a venue where you can enjoy the best the Azores have to offer:: nature in its purest state.
History and nature converge at Pousada de Angra do Heroísmo, housed in a 16th-century fort that once fought off pirates and witnessed the defeat of navies in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Spending a few days on Terceira Island will allow you to get to know one of the most mystical, romantic and impressive places in the world:: the fabulous archipelago of the Azores. Pousada de Angra do Heroísmo charms you to sleep within the walls that chased Sir Francis Drake out of Portuguese territory, thereby ensuring that all the town's inhabitants would sleep better at night - and offering an unforgettable time for present-day visitors.
But before you think about going to bed, you should discover a little more about the cliff-top fort in the heart of the historic old town of Angra, which is sure to feature in your dreams:. The Fort of São Sebastião guards the entrance to the port of Pipas. This is where the ships sailing between Brazil and India used to stop off, loaded with precious cargoes that English and French pirates found impossible to resist. Dom Sebastian of Portugal, aware of the island´s strategic importance, had this fort built to protect the shipyards and docks supporting Portugal´s maritime operations. The fort was of paramount importance as a defensive position and a military residence for hundreds of years. In the early 21st century, after both the fort and the entire historic old town itself were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the need for comprehensive repairs to the walls and buildings resulted in the fort being transformed into a pousada.
And as a pousada, this hotel in Angra do Heroísmo will give you the best perspective of the town and the island. The sweeping lawns and old walls contrast with the bright buildings and their straight-line architecture in which you can take your rest. The ever-present green and blue provide the ambience for an oasis of tranquility, with a breathtaking view over the town and the immense Atlantic Ocean. After checking out your room, take a stroll around the walls and find the best vantage point for you to take a dip in the pool without ever losing sight of the sea.
Make the most of the terrace, on which you can spend endless hours reading a book and observe the occasional visit of dolphins and whales. Walk through the historic old town of Angra do Heroísmo and discover the town that prospered due to being sheltered from the wind in a stunning bay. Located in the shadow of Monte Brasil, an ancient volcano, you will be in permanent contact with the island´s nature while you´re here. Visit the Fortress of São João Baptista and stroll over to the City Museum, housed in the Convent of São Francisco, where you can delve into the region’s long history.
Back at the pousada, take the opportunity to watch an amazing sunset while savouring a delicious cocktail from the bar and getting ready for dinner. Atlantic fish take pride of place on the menu in the Pousada restaurant, which is totally centred around local cuisine. The restaurant’s amazing presentations and pairings provide the ideal way to end a day of rest and discovery. The following day, there will be still lots of places to explore on the island and plenty of stories to learn about. Memorable stories that will ensure your stay is an unforgettable one.