We’ll set out from the pier on foot, walking along city streets until we reach Relvão Park, then continue towards the Fortaleza de São João Batista (Fortress of St. John the Baptist). The Fortress sits atop the 205-metre high Monte Brasil; the remains of a mostly submerged crater from an underwater eruption. As we reach the guardhouse, we’ll follow dirt roads and trails as we make our way through the castle grounds and the wooded slopes of the crater. From the Pico do Facho viewpoint, the view of the Monte Brasil nature reserve is magnificent.
After a break, we’ll continue towards Quebrada Fort along a narrow path amid Australian cheesewood until we reach a viewpoint once used as a whale lookout and a 2nd World War station.
The next viewpoint we’ll reach is Pico das Cruzinhas, with a splendid view over the city of Angra do Heroísmo. Then we continue downhill, back to the city.
The last part of our tour will take us through the heart of the city of Angra, a historic capital listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This important city is packed with history and marvellous architecture, a real gem not to be overlooked. The guide will walk us back to the pier.